Making a career change to IT
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Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm currently a teacher who needs to get out of teaching. It has gotten to the point where my well being is suffering. I have explored many avenues for a career change and I'm thinking going into IT could be good for me. Here's where my questions come in...would I be able to get a decent job by getting an associate degree in computer information systems (I have bachelor's and master's degrees in education). I am currently making $57,000. I cannot go much lower in order to support my family. I figured I would ask those of you already out there in the field. Any advice is appreciated! TIA
Once you get your foot in the door, then you can move up from there.
Depending on what path you want to take in IT, you also want to look at a certification or two to help in your job prospects. So if you like System Administration as an example, you could obtain your MCSA or MCSE certification, while still in school. Once you get a role, you can get a few years under your belt and complete your degree in the process. Timeframe wise, all of this is certainly doable within a year. One other important thing to keep in mind is that you will need to be in "continuous learning" mode. So doing something once or twice a year to improve your skills (i.e.: study/obtain new certification, complete degree, take a course online, etc.) will help keep you going and be successful in IT.
So... do you actually know what that means?
How exactly did you reach this conclusion?
I hope it was based on some PRACTICAL experience:
Years of tinkering with computers? Fixing family members pc issues? Running some kind of hobby website?
Writing code/apps, etc?
did you just see a commercial somewhere claiming "IT is the place to be".
But to answer your question:
An Associates (with Zero experience) plus a Comptia cert.... PLUS some LUCK......
might get you a gig paying $15 - $18 /hour.
Ready to sign up?
But maybe you could leverage your teaching experience to get a role that is not directly IT but it is still pushing you in the IT direction. Earlier someone stated a project manager, or possibly just a manager in general. As a teacher you obviously have project management and personnel management experience (even if they may be tiny personnel). Part of a teachers job is to help other people improve, which isn't a very far shot from personnel management. If you can get a role managing IT personnel, this gives you an opportunity to learn from them while also gaining experience in the new field. Complement that with gaining certs and/or working towards a bachelors in IT, and you have sustained yourself while working towards where you want to go.
Obviously there is no guarantee here and you will still need some luck to get a position managing an IT work environment. But this is to open up the idea; instead of jumping right in and taking a massive pay cut, look to see if there are opportunities to help you transition into IT by utilizing your experience as a teacher.
IT definitely has it's burnout moments too lol.
With no IT experience it would be hard to break into the field. You need to get some certs, volunteer computer, or break fix computer work under your belt, before you could enter the field.
You won't make $57,000 right out of the gate. Maybe after 3-5 years of continuous career progression you could make this amount or more.
You would start off between $20,000-$30,000.
--Alexander Graham Bell,
Do something because you love it, and you will rarely work a day in your life.
Given your current degrees, as a hiring manager, I wouldn't give you extra credit for an associates degree in IT. If you're serious about IT, the better use of your time would be to get some entry level certs (and make sure you actually like this thing called IT). The money depends on the location, but that might be the high end of an entry level helpdesk for most places.
Just my opinion and everyone knows what they say about opinions...
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