Journey into IT
When I was young I never had a clear picture of what I wanted to be when I grew up. One day when I was a sophomore in high school I found out my school offered an archaeology class and that sounded pretty fun to me. I enrolled in it and lo and behold it was fun. Every Tuesday and Thursday after school we went to our dig site to conduct archeological excavation. We brought artifacts back and cleaned and labeled them. We conducted research and wrote papers and did my brain was stimulated in a way it had never been in school. I had fun learning. I took a trip with this class over the summer to Scotland to do archeological excavations there for a few weeks. Again, it was exiting to my 17-year-old self.
This was it, I had decided to study anthropology and archeology in college. It seemed so clear and right at the time. I chose GMU as my school and declared my major. Everything was going great. The ore classes I took the more I realized I needed to figure out what I was going to do with this degree. There are a lot of options, but most involve being a professor which I was not interested in doing. Working for private companies as an archeologist I found out though, barely paid enough to survive. So, after a lot of research and thinking, I decided in working in museums with my anthropology degree. It seemed like a good compromise and there were several schools in the area that offered Master's degree in museum studies.
I got into GWU and took their anthropology masters with a concentration in museum studies. There are so many museums in this area it seemed like a pretty safe bet. Then the same thing happened to me that happened to countless people in my generation; the recession hit right as I graduated.
I got a job in a museum, but after a few years it became apparent that I was never going ot advance or even get a raise. I tried for a long time to apply for new positions but had absolutely no luck. Museums were not doing a lot of hiring for full time staff so the few positions open had hundreds of people applying to it. Either that or they only wanted to hire you part time, or as a volunteer or intern. Essentially, they no longer wanted to pay you for your education and experience.
So, I sat down one day and decided to make the switch to IT. Within a few months of applying to entry level IT jobs I landed one, and it paid more than the skilled positon that I had been working at for several years was paying. I went all in and decided to register for an AAS in Information Technology and so my journey began…