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What to Learn in Information Technology

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By: Kimberly Collins

July 23, 2020

Information Technology is no longer confined to the devices we use, getting on the internet, or strictly being a programmer or developer. In the diverse field of Information Technology, determining which path to take is akin to any modern form of a right of passage, deciding what best suits one's individual needs with what is currently in demand. So that leaves us with, "What to learn in Information Technology?!"

For some, acquiring that information is not easy task. While a few individuals are born knowing their purpose from an early age and go on to have very successful careers, others may not turn to this path until later on in life, or come back to it, because they establish this is where they should have been all along. That being the case, there are two ways to look at this scenario. What are the underlying fundamentals of your personality that, in turn, will help you to emphasize your strengths, toughen your weaknesses, and lead you to a reaffirming and validating career in Information Technology? Or, if you want to take a less psychological approach to this scenario if you could be any MMORPG gaming character in World of Kings, who would you be? For those of you not into gaming and left scratching your heads at this reference on how to find a career path, a personality test is going to help me help you find a way forward. Don't worry, all the gaming enthusiasts; I will get more into this later.

First and foremost, to find out what one should focus on learning, one must know the underlying nature of one's identity. For this, I am going to recommend the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). For the basis of this article, here is the easiest way to describe what the test determines.

  • Where and how one points in a direction or guides his or her attention and energy.
  • How one chooses to manage with news or facts.
  • Styles of decision making are objectively or subjectively.
  • How one cooperates with the world outside dictates if they do so certainly or open-ended to alternatives.

With 16 personality types to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Most people stop pursuing a career in the computer industry because they feel they are not suited for it and, while a test like this may confirm those findings, you should never let it convince you not to do so. Before jumping ship and giving in to the frustrations you face, if you are on the right path or not, take some time to go over this list from, which goes into more detail about the types of jobs each personality type should consider.

To clarify, feeling types, for the most part, are generally labeled as those who should work in artistic endeavors because we base it around emotions, creativity, and individualism. On the contrary, there is room to be so much more. In the IT industry, these roles translate to highly effective and sought after positions. To illustrate, a career an Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging (ESFJ) type can choose is Corporate Instructor or Office Manager. In the same manner, these same people would equally fit into a role as CISO. Likewise, those who classify as Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging (ISFJ) that would excel as a research analyst could transverse the worlds of Incident Response or Penetration tester. While Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving (ENFP), have a knack for sales. They could use their skills as a Network Engineer not only to provide real-world experience to help build solutions for clients but eventually move into the role of an Account Manager. The best thing about Myers-Briggs is, along with your life experiences that help to shape the person you are; it can evolve right along with a person and reflect how a person changes over time.

Last but not least, how does gaming tie into all of this? In the same way, one has to choose their path, and one has to decide what one's duty or function is within the game. In this case, does one want to tank, DPS, or heal? If one chooses to tank, one is at the helm, catching all the retribution, safeguarding the group, and overseeing the course of the fight. Instead, is one better suited to the middle, making significant gains, crippling the team's opponents? Or, starting with the most accessible track being a healer, which is no less critical because everybody must survive to maintain their health while eliminating debuffs.

In short, and given these points, one's future is never this straightforward. As with life or any game, leave room to change direction by finding a more extensive range of options or gear that does not leave you suffering from limitations.

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