I need help determining my future =)

By AkAdeMicKs ·
Hey guys, I'm a high school student and I am confused on whether I should become a computer technician or an IT. I love computers and I love troubleshooting them but then I would like to fix on computers. Is it possible I can become both but if not what degrees do you prefer I get to become a computer technician or an IT.

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My Experience

by EVGA In reply to I need help determining m ...

Being a person with a few degrees in the world of IT have such papers doesn't guarantee you a job in my experience and for that reason alone "IT Experience" if you serious about becoming an IT guy certifications are pure gold and starting at Comp Tia???s A+ (Certification for becoming a Desktop support technician) is a great start then maybe move to Comp Tia???s N+ and then Microsoft, Cisco??? Sky is the limit. Back to experience landing a good job comes down to experience and having a certification and interviewing and proving the certification can provide proof of experience and gain the trust to be successful in your IT career. If you want a degree I would recommend any Information System or Information Management as the world of IT is changing into not IT but data management.

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IT Career

by TKYC In reply to I need help determining m ...

Well, it is good that you have a passion for computers. However, the IT Industry is so vast and as you go up the ladder you need to specialise in one thing. That could be Software Development then specialise in on or two languages repsectively. But if its Hardware and Networking it is better to go the certification programs after you finish your high school, if you want to be a Software Developer then you should surely go for a College and get a Degree in Computer Science because there you will learn the fundamental theories of Computers such as Data Stuctures and Algorithm Design, Software Engineering and a good number of programming languages.

Therefore, you all have to choose on the career path you want to take.


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Er... An IT?

by info In reply to I need help determining m ...

It all depends on how far you want to go. In secondary school I found I had a natural 'gift' for computers. I was as lazy as most teenagers, so instead of pushing myself into advanced programming like a few of my friends, I just drifted into the support field. Later I drifted to jobs supporting large printers and peripherals, servers, etc... I was valued because, even without training, I could be dropped into any environment and 'get things working'. Now I run IT (sole person) for an SMB. A bit overworked, but content.

But as has been mentioned, the landscape is shifting. I've watched tons of 'the good jobs' get outsourced to companies that have techs as resources. These techs are paid $28k a year to go in and do the job that paid ~$50k a year to the person that previously held it for the company. IT people nearer the top are finding that their positions are trending towards data and resource planning and management, as has been mentioned. There won't be any lessening for the need of IT 'techs' anytime soon, but they're being considered more of a commodity all the time.

Hindsight is 20/20, so if I had it to do over again I'd pick a specialty field. Probably something in the Engineering or Medical professions, and work like **** at it. As you're doing that, practice and finesse your computer skills (programming is a definite plus, but if you don't have the aptitude for it, it's not the end of the World). Out in the Real World, you'll find yourself VERY valuable to your employer. Not only will you have the skills to work with and/or develop computer tools that relate directly to your 'primary' profession, but you'll give them a lever to use against depending completely on 'The Evil Forces of the Company IT Department'. You'll be someone that can translate 'computerese' into their language.

Degrees/Diplomas are cumulative. Use that to your advantage while you can. I went the easy route and, though I'm comfortable, could easily be making well into the six-figure range (nowhere near that now) if I'd planned more and pushed myself. Requires discipline, though.

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see the InfoWorld article: 9 most endangered IT species

by CG IT In reply to I need help determining m ...

pay particular attention to this endangered species " Endangered IT species No. 3: The Red-Bellied Repair Tech (Breakfixus familiarus)" and this one "The Pink-Crested Credentialist (Certificatus maximus)"

should help you in determining your career in IT


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