Please upgrade your web browser

These pages are built with modern web browsers in mind, and are not optimized for Internet Explorer 8 or below. Please try using another web browser, such as Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.

Where to get started in the IT world?

Veteran

Dakota McGraw East Syracuse, NY

I have worked sales my whole life mainly in telecommunications and currently for one Charter Communications. I am attending school to get my BS in Cybersecurity and have been taking additional classes working to get additional certificates. Id like to get my foot in the door to gain actual experience since most places I look required years of experience. What would be a good area to get started in?

31 March 2022 8 replies Career Exploration

Answers

Advisor

Seth Lynch Plano, TX

Dakota,

Traditional telecom and IT are really one in the same these days. Most telecom services are software services running on IT hardware. You really don't work in Telecom, you work in wide area networking (WAN) if you work for Charter. You're already in IT.

Charter (Spectrum) is actually one of the biggest IT companies in the country. I'd suggest you look internally first. Find a manager internally that can help you understand where the Charter NOCs are located. Moving into a NOC role will get work exposed to the central networking and IT systems then go from there. I know Charter/Spectrum uses a lot of contractors in the field, so if you're a contractor, talk to the manager of your contracting company. A lot of them have contracts to fill roles in NOCs as well.

1 April 2022 Helpful answer

Advisor

Giana Dominguez New York, NY

Hi Dakota,

Thank you for your service and your question. Conducting informational interviews with IT and Cybersecurity professionals will be the best route, if you are unsure of where to start. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with professionals in your desired industry.

I also recommend utilizing the "Community" tab on the ACP AdvisorNet website. You can refine your search to locate an Advisor or a fellow Veteran based on your specific career preferences (such as Information Technology).

Best,
Giana

1 April 2022 Helpful answer

Advisor

Alden Hutchison Chicago, IL

Dakota,

I've been in the Cybersecurity industry for years. Security resources are scarce so many companies are now hiring people with little to no experience and training them on the job. Here is an example of an opening at IBM where you will learn on the job. There are many more like this out there.

https://referrals.ibm.com/r/AldenHutchison/job/15376731/hacker-apprentice-austin-tx/

1 April 2022 Helpful answer

Advisor

Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!

1 April 2022 Helpful answer

Advisor

Joy Montgomery Pleasanton, CA

Networking is key. Consider joining AFCEA. Get involved so people see what you're like to work with. The jobs could find you. Dues are affordable and there is a chapter near you. https://eriecanal.afceachapters.org/

Advisor

Lee Legnon Spokane, WA

Hello Dakota,

I agree with Alden. I've been in the Cybersecurity space for 20 years and we can't find enough qualified folks. There's lots free/low cost training to be had to build on your current education. You could almost certainly land a position as a SOC Analyst most anywhere, then you could learn for a year or two. It's not the most glamourous position, but you'll learn a ton as you tend to "see it all" in a place like that. It's also a good place to get some additional training/certifications. Best of luck

Advisor

June Webb Washington, DC

Dakota,

Connect with me on Linkedin and I can point you towards people in different companies and branches of IT in the DC MD and VA area.
I have collaborated with CEO’s and also coached executives in IT.
IT is a broad term so you will want to identify the exact skill that you are interested in and can sharpen your current skill in a particular department.

June Webb
linkedin.com/junewebb

Veteran

Dakota McGraw East Syracuse, NY

Thank you all for the feedback! It has given me much more insight and thinks to look into.

Your Answer

Please log in to answer this question.

Sign Up

You can join as either a Veteran or an Advisor.

An Advisor already has a career, with or without military experience, and is willing to engage with and help veterans.
Sign Up as an Advisor.

A Veteran has military experience and is seeking a new career, or assistance with life after service.
Sign Up as a Veteran.