Vault Career Guide to Information Technology, Second Edition

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by Andrew Morkes; Introduction by Stephen Ibaraki
Publication Date: 2018

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 2026. 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, Second Edition 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 25 years. He is the founder and editorial director 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 Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media; and They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 100 Interesting College Majors and Programs, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by the library journal Voice of Youth Advocates. He is the author and publisher of "The Morkes Report: College and Career Planning Trends" blog. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Stephen Ibaraki is a multiple-award-winning educator, researcher, speaker, writer, serial entrepreneur, and executive board chairman/board director/advisor for corporations, investment groups, federations, associations, societies, and educational summits in the field of information technology (IT). He has held more than 100 top executive roles and served in a variety of other positions in the IT industry, including co-chair, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Practitioner Board and member of the ACM ext-council, ext-executive committee; founding chair, Global Industry Council; vice-chair board, International Federation for Information Processing; top 5 blogger IDG-IT World (Canada); founding managing general partner, REDDS Venture Investment Partners; founding chairman investment committee, REDDS VC Fund; founder, technology advisory board, Yintech Investment Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ); founding member, Beyond Initiative (VW/Audi AI Think Tank); founding chairman outreach, United Nations (U.N.) ITU "ICT Discovery" Journal; founder and chairman outreach U.N. International Telecommunication Union AI for Good Global Summit with XPRIZE Foundation; keynote speaker at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE Austin U.S.A.); keynote speaker, United Nations Industrial Development Organization General Conference Industry 4.0 (Vienna); organizer and host speaker, Wuzhen Summit World Internet Conference Artificial Intelligence Forum; speaker, U.N. General Assembly Second Committee & United Nations Economic and Social Council Joint Session (New York, Future of Everything); founding chairman, Technology Advisory Council, Financial Services Roundtable, FinTech Ideas Festival; founding chair, advisory board and keynote Digital Africa on Industry/Nation 4.0 (2016, 2017); invited advisor on Nation 4.0 and board member within Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and 14 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Awards and three global gold awards, and three founding Fellow awards.

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