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How to Make Your First IT Job A Success

May 23rd, 2017
IT engineerA first IT job after graduating is a lot like all other first jobs regardless of the field: you'll meet new people, discover things you never learned in class, and be expected to act like a professional.

But there is one, "dazzlingly different" difference, as an article on the CompTIA website puts it, and that is the amount of freedom and responsibility you'll have even as an entry-level IT specialist.

Developers and coders and some other specialists working for a tech firm will have a different experience, everyone else though will get thrown into the mix pretty much on day one. Uniquely, though, you'll be handed the keys to the system, giving you both enormous authority and the responsibility to keep that system operating efficiently.

“Suddenly, you’re an administrator, and you can do A through Z with your access,” said Logan Murphy, a technology consultant and developer.

A mentor who works with new IT professionals, Murphy has some advice for those now embarking on their career. As the newbie, expect to be called on for all sorts of computer issues, from lost passwords to cleaning malware. And sometimes actual cleaning. Check out other support tickets so when a similar problem lands in your lap, you'll know who to ask for help.

As you discover the parts of the job that really interest you, make note of them. They are clues to where you may want your career to go. And keep studying, learning more about those areas of interest. Becoming the "go to" person for complex issues makes you more promotable and more hireable.

One aspect of the job you may not have considered is the people you will interact with. Your co-workers certainly, but you'll be meeting and interacting with people at all levels of the company -- from those at the front desk on up to the CEO -- and company clients, too.

Learn how to make small talk, says Murphy. And stay on top of what's going on with the company and in the other departments. These interactions are all opportunities for you to make a favorable impression and broaden your network of contacts who can help when you are ready to make your next career move.

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