Digital Careers and Pathways
Are you looking for a career that is creative and allows you to work with a wide variety of people? Or are you looking for a job that allows you solve challenges that will help your neighbors? Then Information Technology (IT) and its related digital careers might be just the field for you! Much like the term Healthcare covers a broad variety of jobs, IT is also an umbrella term covering many different career fields.
Careers in IT can be categorized into a few broad areas, each containing several career fields with similar traits. In addition, IT careers can be combined with skills from other fields which can help you understand a particular business area better, or even to specialize within the IT field. One example combination is cyber security and accounting. These skills combine nicely in a role focused on battling financial fraud and theft.
The skills needed for each career can be obtained in a variety of different types of programs of different length and intensity from 2-week bootcamp training courses to a four-year bachelor’s program.
The need for digital skills is growing rapidly and becoming an ever more important part of society. Consider as an example that while in the early 1900’s, one sixth of jobs were in agriculture, today one sixth of jobs are digital.
View the full IT Reskilling Pathways document.
Microsoft’s Skilling Initiative
Microsoft pulled data from LinkedIn to determine the 10 most in-demand jobs that pay a living wage. They then created training pathways related to each job area and have opened it up for free to job seekers around the world. These jobs range from Customer Service Specialist to Data Analyst, and the training meets you where you are and provides you with the skills you need to land the job.
- Software developer - Become a Software Developer
- Sales representative - Become a Sales Representative
- Project manager - Become a Project Manager
- IT Administrator - Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
- Customer service specialist - Become a Customer Service Specialist
- Digital marketer - Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
- IT support/help desk - Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification
- Data analyst - Become a Data Analyst
- Financial analyst - Become a Financial Analyst
- Graphic designer - Become a Graphic Designer
Basic Computer Skills Training
Individuals who have little to no hands-on computer experience will find it helpful to take some basic computer skills training. This can be taken at a variety of locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Our four regional Technical Colleges (NWTC, FVTC, MPTC, and LTC), and New Horizons, a private technology training company, all provide basic skills courses.
Explore Microsoft’s Full Skilling Initiative here.
Alternatively, Interapt and the Department of Workforce Development both offer Apprenticeship Programs which provide basic skills training as part of the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships offer a form of work-based learning combining instruction-based learning with practical application of newly learned skills. Apprenticeship positions are limited by the number of employers able to take on new apprentices.
Contact the Educational Institutions
Appleton Campus: Room
|Lakeland University||Beth Ann Bender,
2320 Industrial Drive
Neenah, WI 54956
|Lakeshore Technical College (LTC)||LTC Career Coaches
Sage Hall 3485
Sage Hall 2418
Sage Hall 2440
Sage Hall 1410B
Sage Hall 1448
Halsey Science 218
Halsey Science 216
The NEW Digital Alliance provides resources you may wish to explore to learn more about Digital and IT Careers. Our Explore IT and Digital Careers page offers several videos of area professionals describing their jobs and what they enjoy about them. On the IT Professionals page you will find links to networking organizations you can connect with to talk to professionals in the field. There are also numerous events which you can attend in Northeast Wisconsin to learn more about the field. Our job board connects you with our member organizations who are looking for digitally skilled workers. And our Resources page provides links to more information about careers, job boards, free tools to learn how to code, and much more.