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How to Get Into IT With No Experience

Updated: Jan 22

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As we break into a new year with many possibilities for new beginnings, some of us may be looking to find a career in a different sector. A career in Information Technology (IT) can provide many great benefits, including competitive salaries and opportunities for innovation and creativity. According to Statista, as of April 2022, the number of employees in the United States information sector totaled over three million people, representing the highest value for the past decade which still continues to grow. Though recent years have brought layoffs in tech from many different companies, US employers advertised 3.13 million IT job postings during 2023.  With many different types of jobs, there is great possibility for even inexperienced individuals to get into IT.

Getting into the field of IT with no prior experience can be challenging, but it is definitely possible with the right approach and dedication. Here are some steps you can take to kickstart your IT career:

1. Earn Certifications

Getting certified in the industry is a great way to learn new skills and break into IT. Acquiring a degree in technology can take a few years, while earning certifications can be done in only a few weeks. Certifications such as Certified Data Professional (CDP), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and CompTIA A+ can provide a solid foundation and make your resume stand out. This can make up for the lack of experience and show potential employers that you are dedicated to gain the skills they need. 

2. Build Your Network

Forming connections and relationships is crucial when trying to break into IT. Attend local meetups, conferences, or online forums related to IT. Networking can help you learn from professionals, get advice, and possibly find job opportunities. Finding those who are already involved in the IT industry provides a great opportunity to get ahead of the competition. Having positive relationships can lead to recommendations to potential employers, possibly resulting in a job offer.

3. Find an Internship

Many companies are willing to hire individuals with little to no experience for internships if they show enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, and a solid foundation in the basics. Internships may be paid or unpaid, but they are great opportunities to gain experience in the industry you wish to work in. You may improve and develop your IT skills and knowledge, and also soft skills such as communication and flexibility. 

4. Visit a Career Center

Most colleges and universities have career centers available for student access. If you are a student, consider making an appointment with your career center, where counselors are able to assist you with writing resumes and cover letters. In addition, they may have connections to possible internships or jobs which they can help you prepare for.

5. Build Practical Skills

It is important to practice and use your skills to develop different projects to showcase your abilities. Be sure to choose a project that aligns with what you wish to achieve in your career journey. Create a portfolio showcasing your projects in an organized manner to display as part of your resume. This practical experience is valuable for potential employers.

6. Expand Your Job Search

When trying to make your way to a career in IT, you may have to be open to starting in a different position. There are many organizations in other industries that work with networks and computers, and you might be able to use your previous work experience to land an IT role in a different sector. Similarly, starting in an administrative role in an IT company is a great way to begin your career, putting yourself in a position to showcase your abilities and work your way up to where you wish to be.

It is critical to remember that persistence is key when working on your career. Landing your first IT job might take time, but each step you take to enhance your skills and network will bring you closer to your goal. Consider seeking guidance from mentors or professionals in the field for personalized advice based on your specific goals and circumstances.

Our experienced team at Sedna Consulting Group has helped individuals find roles in IT for over 15 years. Send us a message on LinkedIn or Instagram if you would like to learn more about what Sedna can do for you.



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