How to Become an Information Technology Specialist

Information Technology is a growing discipline in the business world today. As more businesses utilize networking and data storage technology, the need for skilled Information Technology experts who can handle the rapidly changing landscape of IT, even as it grows to incorporate cloud computing and big data, will only increase. It is for these reasons that many people are choosing to enter Information Technology as a career. In order to distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack in this crowded industry, you will have to first complete the basic steps of education and preparation for a career in IT.

Christopher Prashad
Christopher Prashad

The first step to becoming an IT specialist is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or similar field. Working in these classrooms will lay the foundation for added specialization and training later. After you have completed a four-year degree with a major in Computer Science or a similar subject, the tricky part begins. When you’re looking for a job at a fast-growing business, you’ll need experience in the field. Unfortunately, most large businesses only hire IT professionals with at least three years of experience. You can gain this experience by working for smaller organizations such as nonprofits, who are willing to take a chance on a young IT worker fresh out of college.

Christopher Prashad took a less common path to becoming an IT professional. Born in London to Guyanese parents, Prashad took his natural interest in computers and technology to a trade school, where he earned an Associate’s Degree before moving to the United States and working as a property manager in addition to an IT professional.