1. Start your job search early! Kicking off your job search even before graduation will help you reach your career goals sooner.
- Popular job boards such as CareerBuilder and Monster.com can be used to find IT opportunities. Make sure to specify your industry and location in your search.
- LinkedIn is one of the most popular online professional networking sites today. Connect with professionals and employers within the IT industry, join IT groups, stay in contact with your instructors and follow up!
- Other useful job boards: LinkUp.com, Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com
- Don’t forget your local newspaper!
- Remember to use your school’s Job Board. For example, Globe University provides employment assistance for students and graduates, a benefit available at any of our campus locations as well as online: Career Services
2. Complete an IT internship.
Whether this will be your first IT career or you are considering a mid-career change, an internship might be the best way to experiment and allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in an IT setting. You would be able to integrate and apply IT theory and practical skills in a business context as you perform IT tasks such as planning, administering or providing customer support for information or technology services.
- How to find an IT internship: www.internships.com – Specify your industry and location during your search.
- Ask your instructors and your program chair! Globe University is partnering with businesses and non-profit organizations to offer IT internships and applied learning opportunities for students.
3. Get Certified
Certifications will be valuable to your future career! While examinations are offered by independent credentialing organizations, the IT degree programs provide rigorous preparation for these exams. We also offer professional certification scholarships to help defray the costs of these exams. You can start with the CompTIA A+ exams or focus on Network+, Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Systems Security Certified Practitioner, Oracle or a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification.
4. Prepare for the interview
- Complete your coursework and utilize all resources available, including certification preparation tools such as LabSim, website textbook companions and visit other online resources, job forums and blogs!
- Technical Interview Resources:
5. Network, Network, Network!
Meet professionals and employers in your field by attending local career fairs, utilizing LinkedIn, and tapping into your current network (friends, family, co-workers, etc). Join a Professional Association! For example, local chapters of AITP encourage student participation and meetings are usually scheduled at convenient times for working professionals.
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- IEEE Computer Society
Stay connected with your peers and your instructors and use the career services team for help and guidance!