An Insider's Perspective into the World of Information Technology Management

Information technology management (ITM) is where information technology (IT) resources – i.e., computer hardware, software, data, networks and data facilities – are managed according to the needs of an organization. Companies need people equipped with the skills and expertise to protect these resources from any malfunctions or tampering.

Managing these resources includes basic management of budgets, hiring, organization, software design, network planning and tech support.

During a recent trip to CompTIA – the headquarters of the IT Industry Association – we caught up with Justin Denton, information technology manager at Collegis Education. Denton explained to us the nuances of ITM and how students can get a jump start on an IT career through education, experience and certification. He also gave us three top tips on how to jump start a career in this growing field:

1. Get your foot in the door

Don’t ignore contract and temporary agencies and be sure to apply everywhere. Get involved with charitable organizations that can utilize your technical skills as these are a great supplement when searching for your first big break in the IT world. Next, determine what path you want to take: server, network or support services. Specialize in a path, and make sure the research, education and certifications that you obtain match up with this path.

2. Finish your education

While you’re gaining experience, earn a degree that complements what you do or what you want to do. This will allow you to build upon your portfolio which, upon graduation, will help propel you into more advanced careers within the IT industry.

3. Obtain certifications

Certifications will help you show that you've taken your education seriously and that you understand that the world of IT is an ever-changing beast.  

 

Rasmussen College recognizes the significance of building a portfolio, working on your education and obtaining certifications to qualify you as an important member of an IT team. Check out the video below to learn more about the field of ITM and what you can do to propel yourself into a career in the field.

 

 

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Kendall is an Online Community Specialist at Collegis Education who oversees online communities on behalf of Rasmussen College. She has a passion for social media and enjoys motivating and encouraging former, current and future learners.

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