Why an IT Career Might be Right for You

Why an IT Career Might be Right for You

Unless you are living that off-the-grid life, you know full well that technology has been (and will continue) evolving at an incredible pace. In most ways, that evolution of tech has made our day-to-day lives easier, faster, and ultimately better.

Technological progression has also created an abundance of career opportunities. Those with the knowledge and skills to work within Information Technology (IT) have a bright and promising profession ahead of them.

Increased future earnings

Black women working in IT at a table

Transcend IT’s programs provide enrolled participants with a no-cost gateway to sustainable employment and income. The entire process has a total Social Return on Investment (SROI) of $1→$6.58, but the program participant slice of that is $1→$2.95. So for every dollar we invest in participants, we see more than double of the social return.

Based on our organizational costs, the SROI our participants see in additional after-tax earnings is approximately $2,148,063. Take away any foregone wages from time spent in the program, and the SROI for our all program participants combined is $1,588,119.

That $1.5m breaks down even further into the different tracks. Our Help Desk track sees an SROI of $228,351. The Network Analyst track has an SROI of $578,669. And our Network Operations track has an amazing $781,099 SROI.

Work flexibility

In today’s work world, a flexible work environment is a must-have for both employee and employer. This is especially true in the IT world as much of the work can be done remotely. 

Flexibility in the workplace can play out in several different ways and often varies from company to company. The benefits of such arrangements are also seen by both organizations and staff alike.

There are four main types of schedule flexibility in the workforce: 

  • Telecommuting allows people to work from anywhere and has become more prevalent over the last few years. This will likely continue to be normalized in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Flexible scheduling empowers employees to work with managers in order to create a schedule that works for both parties outside of the standard 9-5. This can include flexible days (Sunday-Thursday), flexible hours (four ten-hour days), or location (50% work from home).

  • Part-time employment has also seen a rise over the last few years as people have stopped looking for “desk” jobs and instead are showing interest in a few smaller passion projects. Part-time is usually defined as working 30 hours or less per week.

  • Freelancing is commonly done on a project-by-project basis and allows experts to be utilized for their expertise when it is needed most.

Potentially the best part about work flexibility in IT is that it is good for employees AND employers. Organizations are able to save substantial amounts of money by utilizing telecommuting employees. Studies have also shown remote workers are significantly more productive than traditional ones.

Joy of learning

Most people experience some sort of happiness from learning and due to the ever-growing nature of information technology, acquiring new knowledge is a cornerstone of the field. In our programs, we teach you not only how to do the job, but also how to be an adaptable learner.

Adaptive learning is a skill in high demand no matter the career, but it is especially important in IT. Those with this skill set often see the most variety within their work and also tend to see more growth opportunities within their placements.

Whether our participants are looking to make more money, work in a more flexible environment, or be encouraged to learn and think creatively, our mission is to provide access to technology skills, job placement, and mentorship that could give them any and all of those things.