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How Do I Become an IT Apprentice?

Erik J.J. Goserud
Erik J.J. Goserud

If you wish to become an IT apprentice, there a a number of positive steps you may take toward achieving your goal in this exciting and growing field. Many analytically and technologically gifted individuals choose to get into the IT, or information technology, field. IT involves the gathering, storing, and recollection of digitally coded data and may be utilized in every way imaginable. From programming websites to teaching at a university, information technology lends boundless potential for opportunity, and an apprenticeship is a unique way to bolster your resume and land a dream job.

Traditionally speaking, an apprenticeship involves working directly with a superior in a desired field as a means of acquiring a specific skill or skill set. The first step to take if you wish to become an IT apprentice is to identify the specific area within this field that you want to focus on. Once this more specialized goal is identified, for example, to be a programmer, you may begin looking for potential opportunities. If you are enrolled in an information technology program, perhaps at a college, university, or vocational school, there are likely resources available that will assist in your placement with an adequate mentor.

Woman doing a handstand with a computer
Woman doing a handstand with a computer

If you happen to be self-educating in the IT field and wish to become an IT apprentice, there are still ways to accomplish this. If you have no program affiliation, you may want to set up your own personal goals and time frame for the program. Reasonable goals would address both conceptual and theoretical acquisition of knowledge as well as a more hands-on approach.

Apprenticeships are often utilized in professions requiring physical skills and are often thought of as hands on in nature. A more laissez faire version may be termed an internship. In order to become an IT apprentice according to this traditional definition, you may consequently find yourself doing projects rather than reading about them. Ideally, both learning and doing are parts of a balanced apprenticeship.

Both mentors and students can get something out of an apprenticeship in most situations. The mentor may be given the opportunity to share his or her knowledge and interests with an ambitious student, all while having assistance with work. The student is able to increase knowledge, skills, and confidence during a trial period. Often, a greater forgiveness for mistakes and a realization of a learning curve are large parts of an IT apprenticeship.

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