I went to Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduated with a major in Computer Information Systems. While at Wentworth, I was able to get four internships under my belt and the experience helped me land an IT Service Desk Analyst position after graduation. Check out this article on the six lessons I learned from my four internships.
If you don’t know what Computer Information Systems is, it is a growing Information Technology (IT) discipline that is getting a lot of attention nowadays. Check out this article on what jobs you can get with a major in Computer Information Systems.
Getting Experience and Applying to Relevant Internships
You have probably heard this before, but getting experience while in college can improve your chances of getting a job in IT. If you don’t have any experience, check out this article. When I was in college, I had the opportunity to land four internships while I was in college. If you are looking to become an IT Service Desk Analyst, then consider landing an internship in IT support. This improves your chances of landing that full-time role because you’re already familiar with the basic support tasks.
I was able to obtain internships in project management, IT business analysis, customer success, and IT support. The more experience you have, the higher the chances you will land that IT position after graduation.
Starting the Job Search Early
You certainly don’t want to procrastinate your job search. Get a head start by applying to companies early. If there is a position you really like, apply. It doesn’t hurt to apply to companies early and the worst thing you hear back is a no. When I applied to companies early, I got a lot of rejection emails because they wanted a candidate sooner or my graduation date was too far. You should definitely organize your job search with a spreadsheet or a job application tracker in Notion.
If you’re based in the Greater Boston area, then we have a newsletter called the Information Systems Digest, where we share entry-level jobs in IT and Customer Support.
Utilize Your Network and Take Advantage of Linkedin
Don’t overlook the help that your university’s alumni and industry professionals can still provide to you. Check out this article on ways you can look for a full-time job during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Send a message to fellow alumni on LinkedIn and introduce yourself. Share a few sentences on why you are interested in working for their organization. Then you can request to continue the conversation offline or via email.
Here is a template you can use to reach out to fellow alumni:
Hello [Insert Alumni’s First Name],
I’m currently a student at [Insert School] currently studying [Insert Major] and came across your profile. I’m currently job hunting for a position in IT. I saw that you worked at [Insert Company] and I am interested in learning more about your organization. I also saw there was a/an [Insert Position Opening] and was hoping if you could refer me to a colleague that would know more about this position. I would really appreciate your time and consideration.
[Insert Your First Name]
This message is professional and shows that you are curious about an opening at their company. Try not to sound desperate and the goal is to build a relationship with your fellow alumni. Networking on LinkedIn is effective and you have fun building relationships.
Are you not hearing back from employers? Check out the 10 Reasons Why Employers Are Not Getting Back to You.
- Get experience while in college, even working in your school’s IT department helps.
- Start the job search early and do not procrastinate. It doesn’t hurt to apply, the worst thing you get is a no.
- Network with professionals and use Linkedin to your advantage.
If you’re looking for entry-level IT / Customer Success jobs, sign up for the Information Systems Digest newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter helps you save time by compiling job opportunities in the Greater Boston area.