‘IT’ stands for Information Technology, which basically means dealing with information on computers and other electronic devices. The IT sector is made up of a huge range of jobs (visit Careers NZ to get the full list), most of which are just waiting for you to fill them. Think you have what it takes?
Let’s get innovating!
Working in IT means that you are constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to do things, requiring creativity and the drive to think outside the box (or should I say circle). IT jobs are not all about sitting behind a computer – some may ask you to invent a new life changing app, or you may be in meetings where the goal is to brainstorm ways to put your company ahead. Whatever it is, the ability to get creative is a definite way to succeed in IT.
Am I creative?
- Do I enjoy working out different ways to do things?
Flex that flexibility
To have a job in IT, you need to be flexible and adaptable. If your life changing app is coded and built but still has a bug, you need to be able to think about how you can fix it rather than dwelling on the problem.
IT jobs can also involve working for a client to develop software or code, and often with others who may be on the same project. Ever changed your mind about something? Chances are, your future clients will too. As a professional, you need to be able to go with the flow and change with them – you don’t want to get left behind!
Am I flexible?
- Can I change plans easily?
- Can I work with others and with other peoples’ ideas?
Being analytical may sound fancy, but it really just means that you can analyse data, understand it and think about things logically. Being analytical is a must for an IT job as your day to day work will likely involve investigating data, trouble-shooting problems (logical reasoning) and breaking things down into smaller parts.
Am I analytical?
- Do I have the patience and ability to think things through?
- Am I good at finding meaning in data/statistics?
If you’re picturing yourself sitting behind a computer in a single cell desk all day, think again. While you will spend time alone, there will also be times where you will need to communicate both within your workplace and with your clients. There will likely be team meetings where your input will be valued, and you will need to be confident and clear when communicating with customers.
Can I communicate?
- Am I confident talking to groups of people?
- Can I share my ideas clearly?
- Do I work well in a team?
- Can I explain things clearly?
- Can I listen properly?
The IT world is not a walk in the park. Like any job, there will be problems thrown at you daily. It will up to you to fix them!
Can I problem solve?
- Can I ask for help?
- Am I good at making decisions under pressure?
- Am I persistent?
- Do I work well in a team?
Eye for detail
Being observant is hugely important for IT work. You may need to spend time combing through pages of code to find a problem or checking a programme to make sure it works.
Am I observant?
- Do I notice things others don’t?
- Can I proof read my work and not miss obvious errors?
- Do I think details are important?
Work ethic and time management
An IT job is not easy. You will likely be working towards tough deadlines and taking on jobs that require a tonne of hard work to get done. IT isn’t all smooth sailing – there will probably be issues along the way, often just when you don’t expect them, and you need to be able to knuckle down and fix them.
Can I time manage?
- Do I get things done on time?
- Can I work in a step-by-step logical pathway?
- Do I keep going until the job is done?
Maths and science
You read that correctly. Working in IT means that you to be confident with maths, especially if you want to get into software or game development (this requires coding, which requires maths). IT also involves computer science, so an interest in science, and the questioning that involves, is a must.
Check out these links for some information on where and what to study to get into the growing IT sector