I am 23 years old and have just completed a Bachelor in Business Psychology. I have a passion for IT. I would like to break into the field as well as study part-time as I cannot afford another three years of study. Do you have any suggestions of how I would go about this? I would like to earn around $30,000 to $35,000 a year.
I work for a small computer consumables wholesaler in customer services but I don't know whether this will lead me to were I want to go. Can you help?
You do have a problem in breaking into the IT field unless you have either some practical experience or study appropriate to the industry and it appears that you have little of either at this time. You have proved that you are able to gain knowledge by getting your degree, so we would suggest you start IT-related study as soon as you can.
There are a number of certifications you can pursue on a part-time basis with a number of training organisations, such as the Microsoft certificates, which you may be able to do while you work at your current job. Once you have gained some papers and experience you may then be able to find an entry level role in the IT field you wish to pursue.
Readers with career questions can have them answered in this column by IT recruitment specialists. This month Auckland-based Cooper Osborne & Associates answers your queries. Send questions via Kirstin Mills with "Dear Adviser" in the subject line.