The IT industry is full of opportunities. Or so they say. There are companies out there making millions from the inexperience of organizations and individuals. There are some people out there who still don’t know how to log on to the Internet or even turn on a computer. With all of these opportunities out there, the IT industry STILL seems a challenge to break into without experience. This seems to be like one of those open ended riddles because how do you gain experience unless someone gives you a chance? Usually, no one gives you a chance without the experience, unless you are willing to take a lower paying job that is not related to your career field. I must admit it would feel terrible to feel as though I am wasting a degree by working in sales (nothing against sales; it is a fine career and some people were born to do it) when my degree is in computer science.
But this begs the question: How do you break the chicken before the egg syndrome? Many people say you have to start from the bottom and maneuver to where you want to be. I’ll buy that, but only briefly. After mentoring some folks who have had some experience searching for employment, I’ve learned there is no true formula for success. It does all depend on being in the right place at the right time. One company may have a huge project or contract they’ve won, and need as much help as possible which makes it easy to fall right into the job. Timing has to be on your side. The rise and fall of the housing market was all about timing. At one point, it was the right time to buy. Then after the astronomical gains, it was time to sell. Those who did not, ended up losing badly when the bubble burst. I believe the right time is coming. Hopefully, within the next couple of months. What do you think about the current employment situation and what are some of your job search experiences?
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