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Can Gaming Lead To A Career In IT?

Ever since I was a kid I was always interested in computers. A family member got a PC when I was 8 or so, and I was introduced to DOS based games (Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D etc). It was such a rewarding experience figuring out how to load the game and reap the rewards.

A few years later, I found myself with my best friend, raiding his dad’s PC graveyard closet in his office to try and get enough parts together to build myself a machine to play Counterstrike for the weekend. Usually, the PC would be repurposed during the following week, and it would be another raid the following weekend!

This naturally evolved into me building myself (and most of my friends) gaming PC’s so we could setup LAN parties and game all weekend. I have lost count of how many PCs I have built myself and my friends over the years!

When it came time to choose a career, my other passion took over and I made the (rather foolish but fun) decision to undertake a degree studying Jazz.

Once I was halfway through my Bachelor of Arts, I realised that the career prospects were slim. I decided then, to complete my degree and enjoy my time there, but began focusing on brushing up on all my IT related skills as I had a sneaking suspicion that this would be the field I would end up in.

Once I graduated, I found myself hopping around until I did some “learn at your own pace” IT course. I was able to get through this reasonably quickly and found myself on a corporate service desk.

After 6 years working on the corporate service desk, I wanted to branch out and get some variance in my life. I jumped into a new field and began an adventure doing Fire Alarm Service, Compliance and Installs. It definitely kept me on my feet and gave me a lot of the variance I was looking for, but I found myself missing the IT world.

Now I am here at IT Works as a Field Engineer, I am getting all the variance I wanted while being in the industry, I knew I belonged in. Turns out even a year and some change in Fire Alarms, I would end up recognizing 90% of the buildings I turn up to on jobs here at IT Works!

I really enjoy being here, being on the road, meeting new clients and encountering new problems. The team here are fantastic and will help at the drop of a hat. I have never felt so at home at a job, and I would recommend pursuing a career in IT, even if your only exposure to the PC world is a means to an end to game! You never know where it will take you!

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