So You're New To IT?
If you do a Google search for IT training or IT schools you’ll come up with hundreds of ways that you can learn how to use computers. You’ll come up with many different classes available. Some are online some are universities and others are boot camps.
So what’s the best option for you? Well, that depends on your level coming in, your interests, and your aptitude. So let’s explore those three things.
OK first let’s talk about your interests: Think about the classes you excelled at in high school. Were you creative? Were you more hands-on? Did you do good in math? Or were you more into the arts?
Answering these questions will help you to see where you fit within IT. Those who are more creative may want to consider graphic and web design, video gaming and animation and things that allow you to be creative.
If you are a hands-on learner or somebody who’s been in the field already in a more of a mechanical or technical field, then you may be best suited for the technician/engineering route.
There are many different pathways into IT, but the foundation of IT starts with the A+, Net+ and Security+ courses. No matter what type of program you go into an IT if you don’t have this foundation you are not going to be as comfortable.
And basically, it’s like going into your junior or senior year without having your freshman and sophomore classes.
Keep this in mind because there are a lot of schools out there that will sign you up to go into cybersecurity or programming and development without having any of the foundations before you go into that.
They might say something like “oh you don’t need that, because most people will have somebody else do that job you’re going to be the cyber expert.”
Well, that’s almost like saying, “you don’t need to know anything about anatomy because somebody else is going to do that part, you’re going to be the brain surgeon.” When you put it like that, it sounds pretty silly doesn’t it?
But yes you will hear that out there from schools that don’t have anything but a “butts in seats” mentality.
Remember that sometimes when you’re going to visit the schools, you’re meeting with a “salesperson “, not an education consultant.
A sales person‘s goal is to put anybody into the seat as long as it fills up the class. And education consultant’s goal is to make sure that you are receiving the proper intake and assessment to ensure that you’re going to be successful in the chosen career.
This is where the aptitude will come in. We give an aptitude exam to Everyone who comes in to look at the school for anything beyond our basic Microsoft office classes. We do this so that we can make sure that you have the problem-solving ability and the ability to benefit from the training program that you would like to do. Sometimes you don’t score well enough on the exam for the program you want. Which means that we will have to either find an alternative or have you start with a program that You qualify with your test score., In other words, you might have to do your training in steps.
That’s OK, that doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with you it just means that you need to make sure that you’re able to be successful in your program. Let’s get back to the foundational courses we were talking about: foundational courses for every program are essential.
Depending on your level of knowledge, the foundational courses might include basic computers and Microsoft office, as well as the A+, Net+ and Security + courses.
There are some programs, where you might not need to take all three of those courses. If you’re planning on going into the video gaming and programming, having all three of those courses is not essential, but having the correct foundational courses is key. You can’t go into a 200 or 300 level course without having the 100 level course first.
We have assessments and other tools to help us determine what the best path for you will be.
In our next blog, we will go over in more detail some of the different pathways to IT. In the meantime, you are more than welcome to come by and take a tour and learn more about us how we’re different.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with your IT career, please visit our website www.nvpita.com to schedule an intake with one of our education consultants.
Good luck and best wishes in your new career!