Break into IT - How to Land Your Dream Job in IT
" To anyone who wants to enjoy a career in IT"
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:
- Sending resumes out and hoping for the best
- Waiting for jobs to appear online before applying
- Sending generic resumes which will never be read
- Failing to prepare properly for technical interviews
- Not presenting themselves professionally to companies
- and many more common mistakes
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:
- How to find the best jobs before they appear online
- How to tap into vast networks of people willing to help you
- The secrets to getting your resume read
- How to get called for interviews
- How to ace technical interviews
- Standing out from the crowd
- How to bridge the lack of experience problem
- How to negotiate your salary and benefits
- How to get advancement once you get in
- and much more
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.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to make a career change into IT
- Anyone stuck in a support role and wants a promotion
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