IT stands for Information Technology; it’s the use of computers, storage, networking, and other physical devices to create, process, store, secure, and exchange all forms of electronic data.
Goodwill’s new IT program is called the Google Certificate Program. This program offers full scholarships for two Google professional certificate courses: IT Support and Data Analytics. These courses provide job seekers with the advanced skills and knowledge needed to successfully find and maintain employment in today’s competitive IT job market. This program is perfect for anyone looking to get started but not knowing where to start! You don’t need degrees, computers, or prior IT or Data Analytics experience to apply!
The perfect candidate for this program is interested in a career in IT and focused on making a positive change in their life. Someone willing to put in the time and effort into obtaining the certificate. IT experience or a degree isn’t needed, just the drive to complete the certification and become an IT professional.
A Goodwill Career Specialist will work with the participant throughout the process to help prepare and find a job in IT. There are numerous job opportunities in New Mexico after completing this program and obtaining the certificate. Companies like UNM, the State of New Mexico, Honeywell, etc.
Danny O’Hara, the IT Manager at Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, states that “the IT field covers a lot of different areas from administration, design, analysts, software programmers, computers scientists, computer support specialists to network and database administrators. In its’ simplest form, IT support is about offering assistance and helping other individuals and organizations by providing users with answers to problems they may be experiencing.” “More now than ever, there is a demand for IT professionals. Technology is always evolving and with new technology comes new jobs. In the last year, I’ve seen the demand for IT jobs in New Mexico triple from basic entry-level support to the highest levels”, says Danny O’Hara.
Mr. O’Hara tells us that he loves his job because it provides the need for purpose in life, it’s challenging, and fits well with his personality. He loves the fast-paced and ever-changing environment. He always looks forward to going into the office. “I’m good at it, and when you find something that you’re good at and enjoy doing, then you should do it.”, states Danny.
The new program is headed up by Daniel McConnell, Service Director at Goodwill Industries of New Mexico. Mr. McConnell explains, “In New Mexico in 2021, the median income for a Computer Network Support Specialist was $60,530, the entry-level is $42,640, and can go upwards of $76,700 or more with experience.” He believes people should be interested in a career in IT because there simply aren’t enough IT professionals to fill the growing demand. And career opportunities can be found in multiple sectors, from healthcare to agriculture.
So, if you are interested in IT as a career path, take the next step and enroll today! You could be well on your way to a great new job very soon!
Enroll here: https://www.goodwillnm.org/google-certificate-program.html