My name is Paul Browning and I worked as a police officer in the UK from 1988 to 2000. While I enjoyed the job immensely I felt I wanted to take on a new challenge, I already had an interest in computers. I had attended an course on PC assembly and learned a little bit about computer networking.
I started to study for some Microsoft exams and began to apply for jobs in the IT industry. I landed a helpdesk job but as you can imagine, I quickly became bored doing password resets. I studied hard and passed some more exams and then got a role doing network support for Cisco systems in the UK.
I later left to start my own IT company offering training and consulting services to companies both in the UK and internationally. I sold the company in 2008 and now run an online Cisco training company.
During the time I trained students I helped many hundreds of them get their break into a career in IT. I watched them move from helpdesk roles into networking and often into freelance consulting contracts or even their own companies. I’ve also worked with hundreds of IT managers who have shared with me the things they look for when looking to hire IT staff for their companies. I’ve even been through the process myself when I was looking to get out of the police force.
I see people making the same mistakes time and time again when they are trying to get a job in IT:
Break Into IT has been devised with people like you in mind. It is a one stop training resource to help you plan, prepare and execute your plan to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. Here are just a few of the things you will learn:
These tips will help you if you want to apply for any IT roles including:
Networking Desktop support Helpdesk Programming Web design Project management and support Most people are doing it all wrong and never get called for interviews. They wonder why but because they don't know how the system works they will be forever in the dark. These principles have been used my thousands of my students to break into IT. I hope you enjoy applying them to land your dream job. I hope you enjoy the course. Post a question if you need any help.
Let's set the foundation for where we are and where we are going. We have lots to do before we start applying for our dream job.
Nothing affects our results more than our attitude. Why is it that some people seem to get ahead at work and in life while others seem to struggle? Could it be that our attitude is our most important asset?
Watch the below videos to find out more. Please also download the worksheets.
More of the good stuff.
No goal equals no results. Simple as that. Here's why and how to do it the right way.
More juicy goal goodness.
Mind map for attitude presentation.
Oh. The old planning story. If it's that old, where is your plan?
It's all in the wrapping. Do you look like a gourmet burger or more like a big mac?
Yes. Appearances count for everything. Make yours count.
How to avoid yours being thrown in the trash.
My top tips for a resume that gets you the interview.
Search and destroy. Your mission is to find that dream job.
No experience? No problem.
In this module we look at how you can bridge any gaps you have in
your hands on experience. We look at how to tap into your network of
contacts, establish links with local companies and training companies
and even how to make yourself look like an authority in your chosen
In order to land the right job you need to do your homework first.
Check out the company to ensure it is financially secure. Find out what they do, where they do it and how long they have been doing it for.After you do that, work out what you will be doing there and if there is room for you to progress. If it is mundane work for a small company you will find yourself quickly bored and looking for another job
Have you ever heard anyone complain that they have applied for lots of jobs and never heard a thing back? The reason is probably that they never took the time to plan and prepare their job application campaign.
You need to PLAN – PREPARE – EXECUTE in that order if you want to be successful. When you do this you can work wonders, even with only 30 minutes per day. Learn how here.
The dreaded technical interview.This is where you are quizzed over the phone or in person to test the skills you say you have on your resume and the skills you will need for your job. But with proper preparation and planning you will be able to use this as an opportunity to shine and take you to the next stage, the final interview
Make a great show of yourself by preparing for interviews - the RIGHT way.
Don’t just walk out of the interview and pray the phone will ring with a job offer.You need to work out your tactics. Ways to improve your interview technique as well as continue to apply for other jobs until you have an offer from the company you want to work with.
Everything is negotiable. Salary, holiday, benefits, car, home working.
You just need to understand that you can negotiate, how to create leverage and how to make a counter offer. If you follow these proven steps then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
It’s never personal!
Losing is part of winning so get whatever feedback you can and keep going.
More details in the video and workbook below.
So you’ve got the job.Now isn’t the time to relax and kick back. You need to redouble your efforts so you can progress quickly within the company and therefore become indespensible. Yon can then seek promotion, internal projects or plan your exit. If you do decide to leave you will have a glowing reference.
Don’t let the dust gather under your feet. If you haven’t added new qualifications and achievements to your resume after six months at your new job then you are half way to being unemployable already.
Plan your progress and prepare yourself for your next role.
You need to keep your skills sharp and your resume fresh so every 12-24 months it is time to consider moving onto pastures new.This video will give you some tips and suggestions on how best to prepare and execute.
I worked in the police in the UK for 12 years as a patrol officer and detective. While I was in the job I helped teach the new e-mail system to other officers. I took a few IT exams and then left for a career in IT in June 2000.
I took a few more exams with vendors such as Cisco and Microsoft and got a job working for Cisco for two years. I then started an IT training company teaching Cisco and computer networking courses. I built the business until it had several offices in the UK and then sold it.
I now run a publishing business and several websites teaching IT related subjects. I've learned how to build a successful company and how to make it in the world of IT. I hope what I've learned helps you too.
Paul Browning - December 2014