In the Breaking into Tech series of posts I weigh the pros and cons of the three basic means of preparing yourself for a career in tech: certification, formal education, and experience. For each category I’ll give separate advice for those seeking a corporate career versus those seeking to start their own computer business. Drawing from my own experiences, as well as my observations of other successful people, I hope to give a realistic look at what it takes to break into tech.
It may seem counter intuative to use experience as criteria for breaking into an industry. Afterall, if you’re new to the profession, how can you have experience? That’s been the ultimate catch 22 for many tech as they begin their career, including me.
But the fact reamins that experience is the ultimate qualification in the tech world, and it is the most important notch on your belt. Practical experience working with technology is worth its weight in gold. You’ll learn more in 6 months of field work than you ever did in 4 years of college.
So it’s important to start getting relevant experience as soon as you decide that technology is the field you want to go in to. You may need to take a cut in pay or simply work for free in order to get your initial experience with computers. Thats okay, because it will pay dividends in the future. Lets explore how experience will help you in both a corporate IT career and with being a computer consultant. [Read more…]