Vault Career Guide to Information Technology

by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Stephen Ibaraki
Publication Date: 2015

Opportunity is definitely knocking for information technology professionals; employment for computer programmers, computer support specialists, computer systems analysts, software developers and other workers with computer expertise is expected to increase quickly through 2022. All industries, municipal services and nonprofit organizations now rely on computers to conduct business, creating a limitless range of job possibilities for IT professionals. Those who work at tech companies may even help launch the next great app or device that changes how society functions. To succeed in this field takes flexibility, a formal education, a solid understanding of computer basics and—perhaps most importantly—the ability to keep up with the latest technology. 

The Vault Career Guide to Information Technology provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. Whether your goal is to program the next billion dollar app or design security software to thwart hackers, this guide can help you master every step of your job search.

Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and résumé, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for more than 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Stephen Ibaraki, has a history of more than 100 senior executive roles, awards, and recognitions, is a multiple award-winning educator, researcher, speaker, writer, serial entrepreneur and executive board chairman/board director/advisor (corporations, investment groups, federations, associations, societies, educational summits) since the 1980s. A few of his most recent roles include: founding chairman of the Global Industry Council [part of the United Nations (UNESCO)-founded International Federation for Information Processing International (IFIP) Professional Practice Partnership]; vice chairman of the IFIP World CIO Forum; practitioner board member and chairman ACM practitioner board professional development committee (Association for Computing Machinery—official IFIP representative and largest international professional association in computing science, research, education, innovation); past national board chairman and president of the Canadian Information Processing Society and recognized for supporting Canada's economic development by the Prime Minister (CIPS—Canada's oldest government-chartered professional association and official Canadian representative to IFIP); invited speaker UN WSIS General Assembly interactive hearings, keynote/speaker 2016 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE—largest premier conference on SE sponsored by ACM, IEEE-CS, SIGSOFT, TCSE); and keynote/speaker at three global IFIP World Computer Congress conferences. Stephen has achieved many global awards, lifetime achievement awards and fellow recognitions including Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

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