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By Kimberly.Stohlmann ·
Hi, I am a full-time student in a Local Community College who has had the opportunity to get a job through a coop program in the IT field (my Degree Goal).

I have ready many of the posts here and I wanted to let everyone know that I have been through many similair problems.

I had a major career change. I went from retail sales to IT work.

I am a student with no degree, no certifications, just some hands on experience.

My job title is IS Technician. I do networking, Network administration, hardware and software support, Rolling out software packages, Documentation of IT procedures, and Handle Remote Access issues.
If it relates to computers, it is my job.

I am not young, but I am energetic.
I am a woman, but I know my stuff.
I am a student, but I also learn quickly.

The IT field is constantly changing. Changes create opportunities. Opportunities create jobs and careers.

Think about it. Is there anything that is not somehow connected to a computer?

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by JamesRL In reply to Student Working in IT

Congrats. It looks like you have found something you enjoy doing. And a good learning opportunity which could expose you to a wide variety of tasks.

As someone who has managed people like you let me say a few things. I don't care about your sex. I don't care about your age. I need someone who works hard, who works smart, who can learn and show initiative. Keep you eyes and ears open. Learn all you can on the job.

I don't have any certifications or degrees. I made it to where I am without them. You should have an easier time with your degree AND your coop experience.

You will have much more competition than I did when I broke into the field 20 years ago. But what I would look for is superior customer service skills, communications and writing skills, they can help elevate you above the crowd.

Good luck.

James

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by Kimberly.Stohlmann In reply to Your whole spiel

Thank you for your advise.
I will head your words. I have already learned a lot, and I look forward to learning much more.

Yes, I have found something I enjoy. I have also found someting to challenge my skills.

I enjoy challenges. I enjoy learning. I work hard to solve problems. I work harder to prevent them.

Again, thank you for your advise. I really appreciate your honesty.

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