Technology is an exciting field that is always offering great opportunities for career growth. These roles are ideal for anyone looking to upgrade from their current position or completely transition from their previous careers. Centriq is all about getting you on the path towards your new role in IT. With over 30 years of training experience under our belts, we know how to teach technology and are there for you from your first inquiry to the moment you start your job search.
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The gig economy is attractive work for those who value freedom in their roles. But jumping from one project or role to the next takes its toll. What freelancers may not realize is that going from self-employed to employed offers many of the same benefits in the IT industry. Gig workers are self-motivated and reliable people, making them a great fit for IT careers that require people to be dedicated to self-learning and following through on commitments.
If you are looking for how to get out of the self-employment life and into a full-time role, a transition into an IT career is the fit for you. Whether you are an Uber delivery driver, pet sitter, virtual assistant, or personal shopper, your skills will transfer seamlessly to the IT field.
For decades, the “computer nerd” label has been a culturally accepted stereotype, synonymous with thick-framed glasses-wearing, computer-loving, “did you try restarting it?” type of guys. This stereotype has been played out all over modern media – even The Office included an ongoing joke about season six’s unsung hero: the IT specialist whose name was so forgettable he was referred to as “man,” “sport,” and eventually “Glasses.”
Spoiler alert: Glasses, whose name was actually Nick, ended up giving the office the finger and quitting.
Technical School vs College
It’s a common misconception that the only way to enter the workforce is to have a college degree. Most high school students are told that without a degree, a high-paying job or successful career isn’t possible. However, not everyone thrives in a traditional college setting, and the cost of a college degree often outweighs the return-on-investment.
Luckily, the need for college experience is fading, especially in tech. While computer science or programming degrees were often the go-to path for those wanting to break into tech, the IT industry has continued to evolve—especially to combat the nation-wide shortage of tech talent.
The 2022 celebration of International Women’s Day is one that will likely be the most somber in recent history. We are going into this day with the harsh reality the effects COVID-19 have had on the work force these past few years and how those effects disproportionately impact women. Smithsonian Magazine reports that between August and September of 2020, 865,000 women left the workforce completely. This exodus can largely be attributed to the increased domestic burden placed on women when schools around the country moved to a virtual learning model. When compared to the 216,000 men who left the workforce in the same period, the differences are disheartening to say the least.
Full stack developers play a core role in any organization they work in. They’re crucial members of the team that write code, create user interactions, and perform duties on the front and back-end. Curious about the exact details that come with the role? We share everything you’ll need to know about becoming and being a full stack developer.
Veterans have seen and done a lot in their time. Being adaptable while also being great team players creates a good blend of traits that would fit well within the technology world. Great communication skills and the desire to help others are just a few of the characteristics that veterans hold. They also happen to be characteristics that employers in IT look for and value.
Many IT bootcamp programs promise to teach you the technical skills you need for a job in IT. While technical skills are undoubtedly crucial, the big question is, what about getting that IT job? The job search process can be intimidating, but you’ve worked hard on your technical training. You just need the confidence and know-how to define and highlight your strengths and skills during the job search and interview process. If you are an IT professional hopeful, make sure you are ready to enter the workforce through Job Search Training, Resume Strengthening, and Interview Coaching.
Low wages, unpredictable hours, and extreme customer service – if you work in retail, all of that is familiar territory for you. It was also familiar to Eric Zoeller, Centriq’s newest Technical Coach, until he decided to make the switch from retail to an IT career. Turns out, the skills he picked up working retail – particularly those people skills – helped him make that switch.
“There’s a lot of underlying foundation things where IT and retail are very, very similar,” says Eric, who spent six years working at a specialty grocery chain before he got his IT training with Centriq. “I think for me, it was a great choice. I had the background of customer service, and I was troubleshooting and problem solving every day. So, I really just took it from a grocery market to an IT career.”
Help desk technicians are an integral part of an IT team. Curious about the role they play in a technology setting? We share everything you’ll need know about becoming and being a help desk technician.