Starting a Career in Technology

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Starting a Career in Technology

Authors: Amber Israelsen, Robbe Morris, Jason Alba, Maaike van Putten

This path will help you get started with your career in technology. We will start off with some job searching tips, how to create good resumes, how to build a network and... Read more

  • How to get a first IT job
  • How to create resumes
  • How to develop a personal brand
  • How to build your own professional network
  • How to build and manage your career plan
  • The value of certifications in IT

Pre-requisites

No prerequisite knowledge needed.

Starting a Career in Technology

In this path we will help you get started with your career in technology.

Careers in IT: How to Get Your First Job

by Amber Israelsen

Dec 20, 2019 / 4h 7m

4h 7m

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Description

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
  1. Your IT Job Success Starts Now
  2. Myth-busting School
  3. Amplifying Employability
  4. Spot-on Resume Essentials
  5. Highly Effective Job Mining
  6. Nuts and Bolts of a Killer Job Interview
  7. Supercharge Your Job Offers
  8. FAQs: More Real-World Tips, Tricks, and Secrets

Resumes, Job Seeking, and Interviews in Context

by Robbe Morris

Dec 12, 2019 / 2h 14m

2h 14m

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This course demonstrates how to influence job interview questions via the wording of your resume. It will also show the IT professional how to write a single resume designed to target many different audiences ranging from recruiters, job search engines, human resource assistants, hiring managers, and other IT professionals.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started
  2. The Hiring Process
  3. The Resume
  4. The Interview

Developing Your Personal Brand

by Jason Alba

Feb 24, 2021 / 2h 38m

2h 38m

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Personal branding is a bit of an elusive concept. Many people don’t understand what personal branding really is, or what they can do to impact their brand in a positive way. In this course, Developing Your Personal Brand, you’ll learn about tools, tactics, and techniques to help others understand what your brand is, and empower them to communicate your brand to their colleagues. First, you’ll explore foundational personal branding concepts to help guide your personal branding strategy. Next, you’ll discover tools and tactics to create, enhance, and share your personal brand. Finally, you’ll learn how others are using these principles and tactics to effectively communicate their brands, and get ideas you can add to your own personal branding strategy. When you are finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to create the right personal brand to help with your career goals.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. The What and How of Personal Branding
  3. Personal Brand Tactics
  4. Awesome Personal Branding Examples

Informational Interviews

by Jason Alba

Feb 21, 2020 / 1h 17m

1h 17m

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Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career, but how and when to network can be confusing. In this course, Informational Interviews, you'll gain the ability to network through informational interviewing. First, you'll explore the preparation before the interview. Next, you'll discover what you do when you're there. Finally, you'll learn what to do after you've finished the interview. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of informational interviewing to powerfully ramp up your networking.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Before the Informational Interview
  3. During the Informational Interview
  4. After the Informational Interview

Building and Managing Your Career Plan

by Jason Alba

Jul 13, 2021 / 2h 10m

2h 10m

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Your career can be a source of stress or resentment, or it can be a source of joy and fulfillment. Having a solid career plan can help you achieve the latter. In this course, Building and Managing Your Career Plan, you will learn how create a vision based on your goals and come up with a plan to work towards your vision. First, you will learn about navigating and handling change in your career. Next, you will discover how to put your plans into actions, and how to find or create joy, happiness, and satisfaction. By the end of this course you will be able to create a realistic and rewarding career plan that will help you to get the most out of your career.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Creating the Path to Your Career Goals
  3. Thriving during Your Journey
  4. Realizing Career Happiness

The Value of Tech Skills and IT Certifications

by Maaike van Putten

May 21, 2021 / 31m

31m

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There are so many IT certifications out there, and it's likely that you’ve heard some different opinions about the pros and cons of getting these certifications. In this course, The Value of Tech Skills and IT Certifications, you’ll learn to how certifications can help you and how to know which one will help you the most. First, you’ll explore what different tech skills and certifications there are. Next, you’ll discover the value of tech skills and IT certification. Finally, you’ll learn how to use IT certifications to advance your IT career. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of tech skills and IT certifications needed to establish for yourself what next steps you can take with certifications for your career in IT.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Tech Skills and IT Certifications
  3. The Value of Tech Skills and IT Certifications
  4. Adding Value to Yourself and Your Career