An IT career requires continuous learning. Be prepared to tell an interviewer how you keep your knowledge up to date.
Learning doesn’t always mean buying a book, studying for six months, and then getting a certification. There are quick and easy opportunities to keep learning on a daily basis! In many cases, you can modify things you already do to include some effortless learning.
For example, you may already browse some form of social media every day. If that’s the case, take the time to include some IT related content. For example, if you’re on Facebook, join some tech groups to start mixing in some IT posts with your regular content. Or, if you’re like me and spend way too much time on Reddit, why not combine your slacking time with a little bit of education by joining subreddits like IT Career Questions or PC Master Race?
I personally enjoy reading old-fashioned magazines sometimes (the paper kind.) So I’ve maintained a subscription to Maximum PC for years now. (They have digital subscriptions too.) I like this magazine because it’s an easy way to keep up to date with the latest graphics cards, mother boards, chips, and hardware in general.
Youtube is another great source of information. In my interview with Taylor, an IT Support Specialist, he recommended Mike Meyer’s YouTube channel. There are numerous other channels that can teach you tons about IT. Poke around and see what speaks to you!
If you haven’t already done so, consider making your next computer instead of buying it. The benefit here is that you will learn a ton, not to mention that you’ll get a much better or much cheaper (or both) computer than you could have bought yourself. If you’re not sure how to get started, go to https://pcpartpicker.com/ and start putting together builds. The site will tell you if you’re trying to put two parts that aren’t compatible together. Neat!
It’s very likely that you’ll be asked about how you keep your learning up to date during entry level job interviews. After all, you are entering a field that requires tons of learning – most of which will be outside of working hours, unfortunately.
All these are ways that you can learn every day without any additional effort. By all means, pick up that A+ book and study for a few hours. But if that’s all you’re doing, you’re going to have a hard time convincing the interviewer you’re a techie during your interview.