Learn How to Get Started in the I.T. Field.
Everything you need to get started in an IT Career with no non-sense advice from veteran IT Professionals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Let’s quickly go over some of the most common questions we receive about starting a career in the information technology field.
How Do You Get Started?
To give you the most honest answer we can, there is no SET PATH to starting your career in I.T. If you ask 10 different people how they got started you will get a different answer every time.
However there are a few fundamentals that you can learn to help you gain a huge advantage starting your career.
Learn IT Fundamentals
EVERYONE SAYS THIS BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
Figuring out what technologies to learn can be quite difficult when it comes to IT. However, a company called CompTIA is here to save the day. CompTIA offers a certification called the A+. This is the first and best fundamental-based certification that you can learn and/or obtain to help get your IT career started.
But, Who Will Teach You?
One of the most incredible things about the internet is the open availability of information.
At this point, you’re probably thinking “What is this going to cost me?” You’re going to be surprised to hear that you can start learning not only the fundamentals of IT, but you can also learn everything you need to know to pass the CompTIA A+ Certification for FREE!
Click here to go over all of the FREE and PAID resources that you can use to begin your learning journey.
Sometimes free isn’t always good, but thankfully we’ve curated the best FREE IT Training courses and content you can find on the internet.
This list includes some of the top content creators from all around the world and we’ve even included free material from some of the best and most affordable training providers on the market.
You can purchase single courses between $10-$30.
You can purchase memberships from anywhere between $10-$75/month.
These options are considerably cheaper than college or boot camps and will give you the foundation you need to get your IT Career started!
Improve Your Soft Skills
WHAT IF I TOLD YOU BUILDING YOUR SOFT SKILLS AND PERSONAL NETWORKING WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE TECH SKILLS WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO FIND YOUR FIRST IT JOB?
That’s right when you’re trying to get started in an entry-level IT position, soft skills and networking can jumpstart your IT career quicker than any other method or training that exists.
By improving your soft skills and working on your social networking(building and creating connections on LinkedIn and Discord) you will have the best odds in achieving your first IT job and/or advancing your career!
Wait, It Can’t Be That Easy!
There are many ways to get started in this field but this is a solid foundation to get you started.
In the last 8 years IT Career Questions has helped over 10 MILLION People find success and land their first IT job or advance their technology careers to the next level. It all starts by providing the most authentic and genuine advice gathered from our ITCQ Advisor Board and their many years of experience working in IT.
Mind Map Starting Guide to IT
As we said previously there is no absolute SET PATH to getting started in IT, but building a strong foundation can help propel your career quicker than any college program, BootCamp, or certification path will.
IT Career Questions exists to give you the factual advice and information that you need to hit the ground running. With that being said, you should find the mind map image shared to the right(or below) extremely useful to put your journey into perspective.
IT PRO TIPS
WHAT YOU WON’T LEARN IN SCHOOL
You’ll often find that schools and boot camp training material are a little dated in not only their technical curriculum but they often don’t provide the practical skills and methodologies that you should be learning and focusing on to sky rocket yourself into your first IT Career.
Learning to take notes is helpful with life in general but when it comes to Information Technology taking good notes can help not only make your job easier but can help you take your career to new levels. Let’s learn how! ->
Love it or hate it, in 2022 the best way to create connections with people in IT is through social networking. LinkedIn and Discord are two of the most invaluable tools that you can use to boost your IT career chances.
You might think you need to have a job to get experience with technology, but you don’t! Let’s show you the ways you can get hands-on experience with IT!
Remember just reading about note-taking? Well now that you’re learning and taking the time to document what you’re learning, take the time to share what you’re learning with your peers. Don’t forget to participate in other conversations as well!
GRAB A PEN AND PAPER, OPEN UP ONENOTE, GOOGLE DOCS, OR TAKE NOTE-TAKING TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL WITH NOTION!
You can write out your notes on pen and paper, you can pull up a Google Doc, or you can get with the times and use something like Notion, but in all reality as long as you’re taking notes you’re doing the right thing!
There’s a lot to learn when it comes to IT, taking notes can save your butt or simply refresh your knowledge very quickly. Learn more here. ->
Build a Home Lab
YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO SPEND ANY MONEY! USE YOUR EXISTING COMPUTER OR LEARN HOW TO GET FREE EQUIPMENT!
A home lab can help you get hands-on experience when it comes to the technologies that you’ll start learning from the CompTIA A+.
You can use the computer you already have to virtualize everything you’ll need to build your own home lab with computers, servers, network routers, and switches only VIRTUALIZED.
You can even go a step further and use Microsoft Azure or Amazon’s AWS cloud services for FREE to build a lab.
Build Your Network
IN 2020 EVERYTHING CHANGED FOREVER. THE BEST WAY TO GET A JOB NOWADAYS IS BY BUILDING A STRONG SOCIAL NETWORK.
Truth be told this change was happening before 2020. The digital age is upon us and to get yourself noticed by the right people(the ones who can get you a job) you need to be on social media.
More specifically you need to be on LinkedIn and Discord more so than any other social platform that exists right now. Twitter and Reddit will be invaluable sources for information, but LinkedIn and Discord will help you build real connections with real people who can help you get your IT Career Started!
Become the Community
YOUR NOTES ARE KEY TO MAKING YOU SUCCESSFUL. SHARE WHAT YOU’RE LEARNING AND BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION!
Even if you think everyone already knows the information you’re sharing, share it anyway! Put your own spin on things! Sharing information that you’re learning or being part of an existing conversation around the topics you are learning are a great way to improve your network and get you noticed by the right people.
It’s also a great way to show off to potential employers what you’re capable of. Create a blog, create some YouTube videos, share LinkedIn articles, be the community you want to be part of.
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