There are so many misconceptions surrounding working in IT that are preventing many job hunters even considering the sector. At CV-Library, we’re here to set things straight and challenge these myths.
You need to be a genius
The general consensus is that everyone working in IT is a brain box. There’s no denying it’s a little bit nerdy, but that’s the label society has given someone that’s passionate about technology or anything remotely academic. If you work in IT you’re just as passionate about your role as anyone else and having the smarts has nothing to do with it. You have to be committed to learning some skills and processes like any other job and there are training courses available to gain this experience. The IT sector also needs project managers and personnel managers though. So even if you can’t get to grips with code, there is something for you. In short, as long as you have an interest in IT, you stand an equal chance as any at gaining success.
It’s not for women
Women have always been influential in the IT world, but much like how men aren’t attracted to the beauty industry, the ratio of women to men in IT is small, probably due to social reasons, general interests and the like. It is distressing to know that discrimination of gender is still preventing many from entering certain fields. Do not be afraid to follow your ambitions and find success in your career. Here’s a very short list of the many successful women in IT in case you don’t believe me.
- Ada Lovelace – The first programmer in the world
- Adele Goldstine – Contributed in creating the world’s first electronic digital computer
- Marissa Mayer – One of Google’s earliest programmers and their first female engineer
- Katherine Spice – CV-Library’s IT Director
There’s no money in IT
Saying that there is no money in IT is a redundant claim. For a start, “IT” is such a general term as describes an entire sector. From trainers to data analysts to programmers to IT directors, the amount of job titles within IT is too many to name and every single one of them is different. Like every job role, pay is conditioned on many factors that result in differing salaries. No matter what your starting job title is, there are chances of progression when working in IT all the way to senior roles. Be reassured, the rewards will evolve with it.
“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”
I can guarantee that someone who works in IT will ask this more than the average person, but there is so much more to working in IT than that. IT is a very creative field with the invention of new applications and software, creating syntax and framework and designing and testing to name a few. Yes, you might choose to specialise in fixing or building computers and have to assist those that aren’t so tech-savvy, but there is much more to IT than sitting in the office basement and waiting until you are called.
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