IT: of dotcom dreams among other things
When we sat down for an edit meet and each of us was asked to choose a sector to profile, I had no second thoughts on choosing Information Technology (IT). What else can a person choose when he is: often accused of being, at various points in time, a geek; loves the computer and claims the Internet as his first teenage love; doubles up as computer technician/trouble-shooter for most family and friends and once harboured a desire to be a computer engineer. Of course, my faring not too well at the HSC science exams was the endpoint of my dreams but that's another story. Let's not digress.
Back when I was a computer professional aspirant, I broadly knew of three sectors that one could make a career in. hardware, software and networking. Advisors who knew little told me to stay away from the field.
Their reasoning: the computer will soon be in every home (like a television is today) and you'll just end up being a computer technician on the lines of a television technician. After embarking on the research, I rediscovered the IT sector and discovered the serious moolah that lies in it.
Today, the sector is booming, notwithstanding talk of an apparent decline in the sector in the wake of the weakening dollar. Yash Kadakia, the young star I have profiled came across as a typical youngster, intelligent and suave-a far cry from the image one usually has in mind when you talk of a computer prodigy-nerdish with thick glasses.
I can also say that in this job market, if you have certain traits, there will be no competition for you. And what would those traits be? You'd ask. One: compared to other industries, the tools (read software and hardware) change at a rapid pace. What's needed is a candidate who is inquisitive and has a penchant to continuously learn. You need to look up all resources available to learn-the Internet is treasure of information and provided you have the correct approach to search for things, there's nothing you cannot learn.
I say this from experience-when a network engineer friend of mine hacked my password a few years ago, I googled for information and came across tutorials and utilities to pay him back in full. Yash admitted-like any computer expert worth his salt would do-that not hesitating to ask people if didn't know was the ideal approach to learning. Also, you will also need to be abreast of what are the current trends in the sector. Read books, newspapers, surf the Internet.
The basic pre-requisite, however, remains passion. It's always passion-it's especially true in case of the IT industry-that separates the men from boys. If you're passionate about computers, there's nothing that can stop you.