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12 G.I. JOBS | JULY 2018 | GIJOBS.COM technology is a tool, and its value is determined by its application for the benefit and assistance of people. Many veterans learned the same lesson from their time in service. • A Technologist Believes Tech is about Humans, not Hardware — Technologists see gadgetry as solutions that serve people, just as veterans learned the tools of their trade to serve their missions. • A Technologist Values Respect, Cooperation and Collaboration — Technologists, like veterans, know what it means to be part of a team in service of a mission. The days are long gone when most IT staff worked alone in a dark room; it's all about collaboration and connecting to the end user. Two great aspects of IT-Ready: It's free and takes only eight weeks to complete. How can you join an IT-Ready program? First; you must apply. And today, you must either live near one of our training centers in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland, Ore.; or Charlotte, N.C. or be able to travel to one of those cities. If that doesn't work for you now, stay tuned as we add more locations and classes in coming months. Also, there are other free or low-cost nonprofit training programs across the country that are similar to IT-Ready, such as those from Per Scholas, The Stride Center or NPower. If you can come to one of the training centers and are interested in applying, here's what you can expect from the program: The IT-Ready Technical Support curriculum teaches the ins and outs of operating system installation and upgrading, installing and imaging virtual machines, data storage, peripheral devices, safety and maintenance, assembly and disassembling of hardware, computer networking, Internet security, and troubleshooting. After you're done, you are set up to take CompTIA's A+ certification exam. Our instructors also teach business skills — sometimes called "soft skills" — such as customer service, interpersonal communication, résumé building and interviewing tips. So you'll be ready to jump in when we find you a job or pair you with a paid on-the-job training experience. For those who want to earn more professional credentials, IT-Ready's Alumni program provides free online training and testing vouchers for other CompTIA certifications (including Network+ and Security+). Think you have what it takes to make the move to an IT career? Learn more by visiting www.itready.com . Meantime, follow this blog on GIJobs.com as I share a series of six posts highlighting veterans who have graduated from IT-Ready and continued to exciting tech careers. Charles Eaton leads three philanthropic endeavors for CompTIA, the world's largest IT trade association: Executive Vice President of Social Innovation; CEO of Creating IT Futures; and, NextUp, the organization's initiative to inspire young people to choose technology careers. The second edition of his book, How to Launch Your Teen's Career in Technology: A Parent's Guide to the T in STEM Education, in English and Spanish versions, was published in June 2018. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook Self-reporting change in the scope/depth of skills gaps at organizations over past 2 years. Information technology has more than 1 million jobs available, and the industry is known for paying people well for their work. Here are the top-paying jobs in IT. OVERALL SKILLS GAP SITUATION TOP TECHNOLOGY JOBS AND SALARIES 13% Growing Significantly [ 1% don't know, results not shown ] Nearly half believe the skills gap is growing (46% net) Growing Moderately Shrinking Moderately Shrinking Significantly No Change 27% 20% 6% { $120,000 $87,320 $119,480 $68,670 $100,710 $79,770 $91,600 $54,960 IT Manager Computer Systems Analyst Marketing Manager $82,280 Database Administrator Web Developer Computer Network Architect Network and Computer Systems Administrator Information Security Analyst Computer Support Specialist 33%

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