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IT jobs in the USA

Naser with IT team

My academic advisor told me that IT jobs are what I look for to make money now and in the future.

When I started taking classes at a local community college at Lincoln, Nebraska. I did not know which field of study or program to choose. The beginning of college life for a refugee with five family members was not easy. As the head of a family, I had to both work and study at the same time. So I went to talk to one of my academic supervisors. She gave me some great advice: she told me to choose a program that fit both my abilities and desires. I asked her what jobs are best for making money now and in the future. She told me that ITjobs are what I should look for.

I started to study IT program for two years in that college.

One of the most interesting jobs I ever enjoyed was being part of a team of IT specialists. This experience was important for me for several reasons: first, I never had been with a team of people who had a lot of experience with information technology knowledge and expertise. This was a great opportunity for me to gain experience and knowledge in this field of science. Second, since I was an IT student at a community college in Lincoln, Nebraska, working in this field was necessary for my resume and my future career in information technology. 

During my study, I applied to a study work program to financially support my family. I was accepted to start my new job at that college. Our basic duties were checking all the wireless connections in the college, making sure the Wifi range covers everywhere to join the college. Besides that, we were also doing some continuous security data checking. This part of the job was interesting since you monitor online hackers and data criminals. We secured the basic data information of the college for everyone in the college.

It was important to be a team member, checking and securing the college networks.

Out of curiosity I was also working with some friends to create free website designs. This was mostly for non-profit organizations that were helping refugees and low-income families in the area. I volunteered with some friends in the community for helping these charity organizations.  

 During my two years of working in that small but important IT positions I realized that choosing this program was important for two reasons. First, there is a national shortage of IT skills in the real world.

All organizations, agencies, government departments, schools, and hospitals need people with IT skills.

Second, the salaries you get range from low to very high depending on your degree and experience. It is true that having a degree is not required in some cases, but I think having one certificate or a degree will make you a more marketable person. 

It is important for refugees and immigrants who are new to the USA to enroll in these careers and programs. I highly recommend and encourage you to follow these steps: 

1. Talk to an advisor

After finishing my language and basic courses, it was very important for me talk to an advisor. An advisor will direct students into the correct direction – especially refugee students and immigrants who are new and do not know where and how to start. 

2. Start with a study work program

It is a good idea to start with a study work program in a college or school before graduating and then applying for a full-time job. Work and study gives lots of basic and necessary initial experiences and builds up the resumes for other important IT jobs.

3. Work locally for small businesses at first

I think it is important to work first with small or local IT companies, like local service communication companies. This is important since most newcomers want to stay with their families instead of traveling long distances.

Overall, working in IT jobs, even if the initial salary is not high, is a great idea for refugees and immigrants. This will lead to better self-confidence and understanding the company culture. It will make you more marketable and gain better experience and knowledge for better IT jobs in the future. 

Opinions expressed and advice given in USAHello’s Voices and Hello blogs are the writers’ own. USAHello offers impartial information and online courses to help newcomers in the USA.