You may think you’re not cut out for IT because you don’t have the technical skills, but as it turns out, you may already have the secret sauce to becoming an IT rock star. The key ingredients to success in IT are excitement and willingness to learn. The technical skills you need can all be taught, but without the right soft skills, you may not rise to the top in tech.
Soft skills are qualities that are innate to your personality. They often can’t be taught or are somewhat difficult to teach. They’re essential to interpersonal success, and often to success at work. You may be wondering what jobs require the skills that come naturally to you. And if you’re curious about what jobs require communication, problem-solving capabilities and analytical skills, keep reading. We’ll explain why IT jobs might be a great fit for you, but before we leap into that territory, here are some things you should know about the technical expertise needed in IT.
First, the Technical Skills
So, what “hard” skills do you need for IT careers? The technical skills will vary from job to job. In many cases, it’s a myth that you have to be good at math or science to get into IT. Some of the most important qualities that allow you to enter the technology field are a desire to learn and grow and an excitement about trying new things.
In most cases, you can pick up technical skills with time and effort through training, certification and hands-on experience. And you don’t necessarily need to get that hands-on experience from a paid job. You can get it in a lot of ways, from tinkering on a home computer to volunteering to doing side work.