Careers in IT: How to Get Your First Job

by Amber Israelsen

This course is a practical guide for students moving from school to their first job in Information Technology. It covers the job hunt process from beginning to end.

What you'll learn

This course is a practical guide for students moving from school to their first job in Information Technology. It covers the importance of school (hint: not just grades!) and how to develop the skills that employers are looking for today.

The course walks students through the job hunting process from beginning to end:

  • building soft skills and technical experience
  • writing a resume and cover letter
  • looking for jobs
  • interviewing, and accepting a job offer
This course also provides answers to frequently asked questions about getting that first job in IT.

Table of contents

Course FAQ

What will I learn in this course?

In this course, you will learn helpful tips and tricks to help you through the process of finding an IT job. This course covers the job hunting process from beginning to end. Specifics include: the importance of school, key skills to develop, soft skills and technical experience, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and much more.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for recent college graduates or current college students who are planning for their IT career.

What are some entry-level IT jobs?

Some common entry-level IT jobs include: business analyst, quality assurance analyst, PC technician, technical writer, web/software developer, and computer systems administrator.

Will this course help me with writing my resume?

Yes, this course covers resume writing tips as well as tips on writing an effective cover letter.

What is the difference between soft skills vs hard skills?

Hard skills are teachable and measurable abilities, such as writing, reading, math, or using computer programs. Soft skills are the traits that make you a god employee, such as etiquette, communication, listening, and organization.

About the author

Amber has been a software developer and technical trainer since the early 2000s. She holds certifications for AWS and a variety of Microsoft technologies. She also focuses on user experience and professional skills training, bridging the gap between techies and non-techies.

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