Hey! So I'm here to ask you guys what it would take to get into the IT world, let me start off with some background info:
I'm 14 years old, in grade 9 and would like to pursue a career in IT when I'm older. I am entering grade 10, and we are starting to pick classes for the upcoming year. I am wondering if I would need to take specific classes in high school to get into a college/university that offers IT programs! For me right now Network Security sounds like a good place for me, so please help me out and inform me!
My house mate works as a network manager which does include network security.
Here in the UK, the best way i could advise you to get into a business sector you have no previous knowledge of is through voluntary work or apprenticeships. Fortunately for you you're still young so you can take a route down education that should get you there and not have to go through a lot of underpaid work.
There are so many area's of IT it's unreal. I would suggest rather than picking what area of IT you want to go into now, keep your mind open and do everything you can, then once you get to a stage in your education to chose a specific area, you'll know what you prefer/what you are best at.
I had i similar thought about embarking on Network security as a future career, but nowadays i am beginning to think otherwise. As a matter of fact, I am strongly looking into database management as a dream comes true to me even though i haven't decided yet. In which case, i really want to know which of the IT fields pays good money...?
Nice forum to share experience. Anyway back to business. My contribution is that I see IT as one of those domains that are selling high these days. In relation to database management, Data analysis really pays high in US and many other developed countries.
Study math, physics and chemistry in school. See if there is some computer studies options for you in your school, online if not... get credits for them.
Buy/find some junk computers to play with, hardware, OSs (linux/unix/windows/mac). Take them apart, put together. Find some junk hubs and network wire and set up your own little network, setup one machine as a server. Host some LAN parties.
Make sure you have a grounding in computer apps, especially data bases and spreadsheets as you are going to need those concepts later.
Start looking at some programming, basic,... anything so you get familiar with work flows, syntax.
You are going to need to know a little bit of everything before you specialize in security. Read lots about encryption, authentication.
Don't forget your social life as you are going to need to communicate with people... a valuable skill in the IT world (and sorely lacking).
You need to know/eat/live/breath scientific process. You will also need to know what a volt and silicon is. Also, experimental physics and chemistry teach you how to setup tests/experiments and hand/eye coordination.