Back-to-School Means Career Planning
It’s back-to-school time! For parents across Canada, there is no sweeter combination of words. For students, it can mean the onset of stress after a couple months of relaxation. In addition to the regular stress of schoolwork, senior high school students start thinking about what they’re going to do after graduation and which career path to take. For some college and university students, the school year starts with added stress as they realize the path they did select is completely wrong for them.
If you’re currently evaluating career paths, either for yourself or helping somebody else, have you added programming to the mix? For those with limited technology experience, what it means to be “programming” isn’t always clear. One thing is for sure, programming is more than sitting in front of a computer and geeking out all day, and this infographic from CarlCheo proves it. Feel free to share it with anybody you know who’s planning their future career. (For a broader look at IT careers, also have a look at the infographic we shared last week)
As we learned from a recent Contractor Quick Poll, before becoming an independent contractor, almost all technology professionals start in a full-time role. At the earlier stages of that full-time job and their career in general, new techies often have to make the decision as to which IT job they want to have.
Very often, college and university programs provide a broad range of technology knowledge and a graduate leaves with a wide array of basic skills. From there, it’s up to the new professional to decide what they want to do with those skills and mold the rest of their career. As the infographic below from Computer Science Zone points out, there are many options including Software Developer/Computer Programmer, Database Administrator, Hardware Engineer, Systems Analyst, Network Architect, Web Developer, Information Security Analyst, Systems Manager or IT Support.
If you’re new in the tech world and exploring where to take your career, have a look at the information below and see if any of these roles click for you. If you’re an experienced IT professional, do you have any further suggestions for a new comer? If so, please let them in the comments below.