Dear Lifehacker, I am currently working in a field completely unrelated to IT, but would love a primer on where to start when it comes to breaking into the IT sector. Extra points for having a pathway that isn’t “Go to Uni, loser!”, as I am well past the age where it is acceptable to eat ramen noodles at every meal. Thanks, Career Reboot
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We were asked a somewhat similar question earlier this year, and we didn’t advocate going to university, so you’re in safe hands. You can check out that original post and we won’t repeat it here, but the advice boiled down to three areas: get involved with open source, start a blog on IT topics, and explore IT options at your current
Being older might make university unappealing, but it means you should have a broader understanding of how business operates than someone fresh out of tertiary education. Your key requirement is to demonstrate skill, and the best way to acquire IT skills is by actually doing things. Yes, you might need to start at the bottom and yes, you’re likely to face a salary cut. But if you develop your abilities, it’s possible to progress quite rapidly in IT.
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