LONG POST Looking for advice from those with experience
I’m 24 years old and just started my final year of college pursuing an IT degree. As the days to graduation count down I’m starting to get anxious about my lack of plan for the future. I’m overwhelmed and under informed about all the options available to me as far as career paths go.
I’ve been working for an MSP with about 8 clients(roughly 350 users) as a “Technical Support Analyst” (Helpdesk) for 9 months now. I do a lot of M365 admin stuff, machine setups, knowBe4 admin, some reporting, lots of remoting in and helping users of course, and on the rare occasion some network setups.It’s been great experience and I am learning and enjoying the process but I also know that I want bigger and better things once I graduate, or even before then if an opportunity arises.
I’m looking for advice on what steps I need to take and what steps I should avoid on my way to creating a successful IT career. The problem is that I don’t really know what I enjoy about IT specifically. I enjoy planning things out and implementing them, and the problem solving that comes with that, but I think that encompasses most of what IT is.
How does one decide between security and networking? How do you know the steps to get to a DevOps role or even if you’d be good at it? It’s all just so overwhelming but since I’m graduating later than most of my peers I want to start trying to get a step ahead and get my career off to a great start.
I wish I could articulate my thoughts and concerns better but that’s something I struggle with. If you have any words of wisdom or advice please let me hear it, it will be great to hear from people who may have been in a similar position at my age/ point in life.
TLDR: I’m graduating with an IT degree in a year and I have no idea where to go from there.