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What are some good entry level jobs for a college graduate in the IT field?
ASKED: August 7, 2010  3:56 PM
UPDATED: August 13, 2010  2:18 PM

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I guess it depends on what you study and what you would like to do

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  • EmNichs
    Hi ITStudentGrad, Take a look at Ed Tittel's blog post: 7 Questions for Highly Effective Career or Certification Advice. Once you have a more specific idea of your interests, the members will be able to better advise you on a job that may suit you. -Em
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  • shanekearney
    You should start in service desk tech support as it deals with so many different areas and allows you to gain much needed real world work experience Doesn’t stay in this area too long as it can make you bitter and even make you hate end users because they have no idea how to use a computer even though they are required to work on one, they will just end up using you as a tool and never actually learn anything because they are ***** sorry about that! I work at a service desk providing tech support as you may have noticed But honestly it is a good place to start and then move up to a more technically demanding position. Like I will when I ever get out of here ha Best o luck
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  • Stevesz
    As Jinteik mentions, it depends on your education area and your interests. If you are studying programming, you'll want to look for a job in that area. If hardware is your thing, the hep desk position will be a good start, as mentioned by Shanekearney. This will sharpen your troubleshooting skills for both hardware and software problems. As mentioned by Shanekearney, this can just be the first step on your ladder (which, it seems, he may be stuck on). Also, be prepared to change your path if your interests change.I started out as a dBASE III programmer (if anyone still remembers dBASE at all) then actually went to a help desk type of situation for a company that had its own proprietary database program. From there I went to a company that basically did break/fix work. We also branched out into servers and networking, and other things surrounding computers, concentrating on small, very small, businesses, and I am still at that company, as a partner in the business. I do not know if you will take a similar path, and when I started, there was very little training for the field available, compared to the plethora that is available now. Keep an eye on the help wanted ads, be they in the newspaper, on Craig's list or similar, and chat it up among people you know in the field. When you find something you may be interested in doing, check it out to find out all you can about it, then apply.
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  • Labnuke99
    Another good approach is to find some non-profit organizations that you could volunteer for and do support gigs on the side for them. You will gain invaluable experience and also give some help where it is needed.
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  • ITstudentGrad
    [...] cents to those in need of IT career guidance. One of our newer members, ITstudentGrad, asked for suggestions of good entry level IT jobs. He’s received some great advice from members who were once in his [...]
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  • SmartITBlogger
    The Service Desk or IT Support is one of the most common starting points for many careers; mine included, but is also an excellent area to build your IT career. A Director running a large customer support Service Desk environment can earn six figure sums. I started in Front Line Support and learned valuable lessons that have helped me formulate my own opinions of how a good Service Desk should operate today. When I am recruiting for a junior service desk analyst or front line support technician (you will find many different job titles, but essential the role remains consistent i.e. providing front line IT support for a customer base) I am looking for someone enthusiastic, willing to learn, has an aptitude for learning which will demonstrated with good GCSE and/or A level grades and of course someone with an interest or obvious aptitude for IT. Finally, I am looking for someone that has an aptitude for working with people. Remember, the interaction with customers is going to be the large proportion of your working day.
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