Every journey starts with that first step.

What can I do, right now, to get started?

Make a List, Make a Plan, Don’t Stress.

Lewis Cunningham
Aug 1 · 3 min read
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Have you ever heard the phrase, “No time like the present?” If you are going to do this thing, there is no better time to start than right now.

When it was yesterday, that was the best time to start. Last year, that was the best time to start. 1982 would have been an awesome time to start. We can’t travel back in time, so that means that right now is the best time.

Every day you delay is one more day that falls into history. Let’s do this thing!

This post addresses those who want to get into IT as a career change or as a newbie. But honestly, everything I say in this post could apply to any career change or even any problem in life.

Ok, so now we have decided that it’s time to get started, where do we start?

There are so many decisions to be made. Do we do college, a boot camp or study on our own? Do we want to be a coder, system admin, cloud guru, full-stack developer, database guy, cloud guy? Something else? What operating system do I need to know? What is an operating system? What programming languages should I learn? How do I learn? ACK. Too many decisions!

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Hold on. You don’t need to decide any of those things today. Hey, if you already know those things, that’s great! But if you don’t know, don’t sweat it. While today is the best day to start, this is the long haul.

Any skill you decide to tackle will have some common aspects with other skills.

So, lesson 1. The first lesson on getting into (and succeeding in) IT — break the problem into small manageable chunks. Identify what you do know and what you don’t know and then make a plan for going after the fix(es).

I identified some questions you may have above. I bet you have more. Maybe even a lot more. Take some time today (or as soon as you can) and document those questions. Doesn’t have to be neat. Doesn’t have to be in any kind of format. Open a text file and start typing. Shoot for 10 questions you feel like you need answers to. If you can do 20, rock on. If you are sweating blood trying to get five, that’s ok too.

Lesson 2. Don’t stress over the small stuff. And this is small stuff. Remember, we are in it for the long term. Today is the first step on a long journey. You will need to build new muscles, toughen up your feet and set your mind in motion.

That’s it for today. Do that one thing. Create a list of questions. Over the next few posts, I will help you expand that list and turn it into a plan. Once we have a plan, we will start making it a reality.

Can you really do this? Absolutely, but only if you start.

If you would like some feedback on your list, feel free to message me. I’d be glad to give you some feedback.


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Lewis Cunningham

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Writer, coder, & data architect. Likes to develop software, mentor others, get certifications, and write. Not necessarily in that order.

Changing Careers

Advice, Stories and Information Related to Changing Careers

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