Advanced IT Event

“Get into IT.” You hear it all the time. If you want to make some money, get into software engineering or technology. That’s where the job security is today, apparently. But what is “IT” exactly?

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Advanced IT Mixer in St. Paul. 30 or so recruiters had dinner and conversation with 100 or so students and recent graduates who are “getting into IT.” What a great time! Smart, professional people making technology their first or second career.

What do they do, exactly? Almost everything. Hai has a BS in Computer Science and Math and her sweet spot is programming in C, C++, Java, J2EE, PHP and more.

Aleta has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Forensics. “So nothing is ever erased?” I asked. “If it was ever there, I can find it,” she said. Important implications within government, law enforcement, “And enterprise,” offered Brett, who has experience with forensics in big business organizations.

Randy is a Network Consultant, designing and installing and trouble-shooting networks for business.

Jacob is interested in virtualization of networks. Scott installs digital signage solutions. Mike does web layout and design. Andrea manages projects and databases, doing a lot of troubleshooting and problem solving.

So, what is IT? 100 candidates. 100 different backgrounds, educational experiences and interests, doing 100 different types of jobs. IT is what you make it, and once you start exploring careers in technology, chances are, you’ll find one that works for you.

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