So You Wanna Break into IT? (Part I – Passion)
I have been wanting to write ORIGINAL content for this blog, though blogs were originally a place to find links to other sites that the author found interesting, so perhaps original content belongs on another type of site. I agree that hearing self-proclaimed political theorists spout off about things they can’t change and don’t actually understand is a waste of time. However, blogs have changed over the years, and I hope to write something original that will interest you.
It crosses my mind that I could write about the blessings of an IT career for the possible newcomer, or for one considering the field. Other people have blogged about this, so I’m not going to cover all their territory (what I mean is that this list won’t be exhaustive). I will, however, make a few claims of my own. I plan to post one item at a time, so bookmark me and come back to see the new content. Here goes…
The first reason I love IT (and a pragmatic one) is that the passion comes easily to me. I got my break into IT by being passionate about it. I was working as a Medicare appeals specialist before transferring into IT. My job was to create packets of information substantiating the medical necessity of the claim and write a convincing cover letter asking Medicare to pay the bill. I was always trying to find technological ways to get things done. I don’t think it actually saved time in the long run – I just loved doing it. I was also getting in trouble for doing too much of my own technology-related work that other departments were supposed to handle. So when I finally got the gall to ask for a transfer to IT, my manager knew that I had the passion. I did have to convince my director and the hiring manager, but an interview took care of that, and the rest is history.
So what’s the moral of the story? Passion is required to make things happen effectively in any part of the workforce, and it certainly makes it less of a drudgery when you have to stay until who-knows-when imaging PCs, scouring the Web for a solution to an elusive virus, or configuring an SAS array. And for me, that comes more easily with IT. You gotta find something you love to do, and do with with everything you’ve got. If you can do this with IT (and you aren’t already in the field), you should consider getting into it. For someone who enjoys the job, IT is a very rewarding field.
Just for fun, here’s a few “you might belong in IT” quips:
- If you sang your bride the “I Love Technology” song at your wedding, you might just be a good fit for IT.
- If you think Big Blue’s algorithms were weak, you might belong in IT.
- If you refer to electronic devices using gender-specific pronouns (he/she), you might belong in IT.
- If you buy cheap electronics just to take them apart (and you take pictures along the way), you might belong in IT.
- If you view the source on Web pages just to see the “killer scripting,” you probably belong in IT.
- If you come back tomorrow and the next day and the next day just to read the rest of my silly reasons, you might belong in IT (OK, that was fishing). But really, do come back.