Since this is the last day of January 2020, and the time for resolutions are coming to an end, let’s discuss some motivational resolutions: In late 2007 I was low on money, in debt and realizing my dreams of making it as a successful writer wasn’t going to happen. It was a hard realization to accept but I did. But what now? I needed a new career. Read on to discover how Liberal Arts degree holders can change careers into Technology.
To continue my then-current path of working random jobs for money to supplement my writing career I didn’t want to do anymore. I was going nowhere doing that, as I didn’t care for the jobs and I wanted to do something interesting! After much thought, I got an idea: Try to turn my hobby of computer repair into a new career. But could I do so with my Liberal Arts degree in English?
How Liberal Arts Degree Holders Can Change Careers Into Technology: Critical Thinking Skills
According to The Foundation For Critical Thinking, critical thinking “is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.”
Tech Industry jobs are all about problem-solving. Either you are solving an issue for a customer, a department, or even an entire company! Because of that, you must be able to analyze the problem, take an assessment of what has or has not be done, so you can reconstruct everything to cement your understanding and create a solution.
How Liberal Arts Degree Holders Can Change Careers Into Technology: Logic Skills
As I said before: The Tech Industry is all about solving problems. And to solve them, you need excellent logic skills.
If you have a Philosophy degree, you are very good friends with logic. I remember the “Intro to Philosophy” class I took, and although we read and discussed famous and not-so-famous philosophers, we spent a great deal of time deciphering their views logically.
The word “logic” has many definitions. The ones were concerned about are “a particular mode of reasoning viewed as valid or faulty” and “the arrangement of circuit elements (as in a computer) needed for computation” as provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Training (Or Not)
There are some jobs you can get without additional training, but there are other jobs requiring some computer troubleshooting skills. One type of job requiring no additional training: Help-Desk Support. Per Wikipedia “A help desk is a resource intended to provide the customer or end user with information and support related to a company’s or institution’s products and services. The purpose of a help desk is usually to troubleshoot problems or provide guidance about products such as computers, electronic equipment, food, apparel, or software.”
There are certain Help-Desk jobs requiring no additional training because the company will train you. These jobs usually use a script, but they are great entry-level jobs for Liberal Arts degree holders as this is usually the first time they learn hardware and software troubleshooting. Many people, including myself, used this position to climb up the ranks in the Tech Industry.
Learn Exactly How To Change Careers Into The Technology Industry
Ready to get started with changing your career into the Technology industry, but need more assistance? How about a step-by-step plan? I created one in my ebook: Liberal Arts In Technology: A How-To Guide on Utilizing Your Liberal Arts Degree in the Technology Industry. You can buy it on Amazon and Smashwords. It’s also available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple Books.
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