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How to choose a career in the IT field

Depth, but not width.

One of the biggest misconceptions a lot of people have about IT is the more you know, the better it is. Because I have a lot of people come to me and tell me, “Well, I know you focus on Linux system administration and system engineering, but are we going to learn a little bit about cybersecurity and DBA?” They don’t understand that being a jack of all trades in this business actually hurts you. So, knowing a lot about one particular area really helps you. In fact, the more you become a subject matter expert, the more money you will make, but knowing a little bit about a lot, the best it will do is actually get you a job. And I don’t know, a doctor’s office being the computer guy.

You want to have that powerful career where you can make the kind of money you want. So that’s why I say depth instead of width. You go deep in the knowledge, and you choose a track like you can choose Linux system administration or Linux system engineering. You choose that track and you get multiple certifications in that track. But knowing a little bit about database administration, a little bit about cybersecurity, and a little bit about coding, won’t give you the type of career you’re looking for. So that’s why I always say depth, but not width.

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Sil brings a wealth of experience to her writing and editing projects. After nearly a decade guiding college students in research and communication, she shifted her focus to freelance writing and editing. Her passion for education continues through volunteer work, where she empowers others by teaching research and writing skills.

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