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What to Do Now to Succeed at ICOHS College

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It’s the beginning of a new semester, and if you’ve already started a few courses, you may be starting to get overwhelmed – especially now that social distancing has been put in place and the looming future of COVID-19 is upon us. There are things you can do to make sure you succeed this semester, and it’s more than simply showing up to each class on time.

  1. Set up a weekly schedule for class, homework, other jobs, and even your relaxing time. Highlight each area depending on its importance and area. Now add it into your phone calendar with reminders, print it out and put it on your fridge or bulletin board (or even on the front of your work binder). Staying organized on your time will ensure you don’t leave things for the last minute and increase your chances of being more focused and getting the grades you deserve.
  2. Introduce yourself to your professor, your classmates, and even the administrators of the college. We love meeting our students and so do the faculty. If you make people aware of you, you’re more likely to find out about opportunities and immerse yourself in the school culture. By staying separated, you could possibly lose motivation to succeed at your school work – and you won’t be getting the whole college experience.
  3. Join a study group. Once you’ve met a few of your classmates, join a study group. It can also be ideal to find a variety of personalities and strengths because each will bring their own positives to the group. By having someone to practice and study with, you’re socializing, gaining teamwork skills, and won’t get bored or distracted as easily.
  4. If you‘re starting to struggle, reach out for help early. If the admins need to track you down to discuss a failing grade, it might already be too late to bounce back. Stay on track with your grades and if you’re struggling with certain aspects, ask for clarification. You’ll be surprised at how simple something frustrating actually is. When you leave it, you’ll start to struggle with other functions of that same problem until you have no idea what’s going on. It can also lead to a loss of motivation to succeed as well. We’re here to help.

Have any more questions about how you can succeed at ICOHS and ensure your future is successful? Reach out for a conversation today at admissions@icohs.edu

Interview Tips to Help you Get a Job in IT

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Competing for that sought after IT or tech position isn’t as exciting when there’s 100 other people with almost the exact education (or more), experience (or more) going for the exact same roles. We’ll let you in on a secret though. Although having a resume that adds a little extra (think committee work or personality) might get you the interview, it’s you who will determine whether you are considered for the job. We’ve seen fresh out of college recruits winning positions over those with years of experience.

Here’s some interview tips to keep in mind when going for those IT positions that will help set you apart:

1. Be Yourself.

We know it’s overused, but there’s still so many who clam up and get nervous during interviews and forget that those interviewers are nervous too. You’re more likely to make a lasting impression by being conversational than shaking in your chair and pretending to be someone you’re not.

2. Smile before you get there.

If you’re in a good mood before going into the interview, that smile will rub off on those interviewing you. Especially when you’re one of many of the day, it can be a breath of fresh air for an interviewer to meet someone who is smiling and genuinely happy to be there.

3. Respond to questions with more than just a “yes” or “no.”

Try to answer everything question by elaborating on why you’ve responded that way and then finish with a short example of your experience, such as “Yes, I do have great multitasking skills; while in college I had to juggle 5 courses at one time while also working two jobs and still graduated with a 4.0 because I organized my time effectively with a system that worked for me.”

4. If you know the name of the person who will be interviewing you, Google them.

Find out a bit about them and then casually bring it up during the interview – like one of your examples. Do they like baseball? Use a baseball analogy to describe how you can work under pressure. They’ll be impressed and you’ll have something in common to discuss casually that will increase your chances of being remembered.

5. Google the business as well.

More organizations are asking you what you know about the job, the brand, their mission, etc. They’ll also ask you why you want the job. Being able to retract information about the company and use it in your responses will prove you did your research.

6. Use your time prior to the interview to prepare.

You can often use Google to find practice interview questions based on your industry or position. Write answers down to these most used questions and practice them. Bring your notebook with you to the interview with cue notes – there’s no rule that you must come empty-handed. If anything, you’ll win brownie points for being prepared and ready.

7. Don’t answer the personal questions.

If you have kids, are a single parent, have a medical issue that won’t affect your work or any other triggers that may keep you from getting the job, don’t bring them up even when asked. There are certain questions that interviewers are not allowed to ask and they’re not allowed to refuse you the position based on your responses. If you have constraints, bring them up after you’ve gotten the job.

8. Ask for feedback.

Even if you do get the role and especially if you don’t, ask your interviewers at the end of the meeting how it went. Or, send an email shortly afterward saying thank you for their time and ask for feedback to help you with your job search.

9. Use Each Interview as a Learning Experience

Remember, if you don’t get the position, other job opportunities will come. Use each interview as a learning experience. If you said something you shouldn’t have or messed up on an answer, use that to better prepare for your next interview and you’ll have your dream job in no time.

10. Further your Education

If you find that education is what’s holding you back from the competition, furthering your education is always a great investment in your future. ICOHS offers a number of IT Programs that require no previous experience and can be completed in weeks, not years. Click here to learn more. 

Interested in finding out even more about how ICOHS College will be preparing you for your IT future? Reach out for a conversation today at admissions@icohs.edu

What to Expect During a Typical Day as an IT Technician

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Once you’ve trained, gathered your expertise, and filled your brain with as much IT and tech knowledge as you can, obtaining that technician position and putting your knowledge to use to gain valuable experience is an exciting opportunity.

With everything you’ve learned, you’ll be ready for your first day as an IT technician, but you might not be sure what to expect. Although every position varies based on the industry and the business itself, here’s what you can typically expect during a normal day as an IT technician:

You can expect your morning to be routine, arriving a little before everyone else so you can catch up on the repair and troubleshoot requests as well as other emails. From there, if it’s a busy day, you’ll get right to work responding to requests. If you’ve got a team of more than one technician, you can separate work based on specialty or area of the building. Or just take turns responding.

Expect to have days when you’re doing nothing but responding to calls and repairs, fixing issues that are complex or spending time troubleshooting a problem that takes seconds to resolve. It’s part of the trade. Other days, you might find yourself sitting at your desk or walking aimlessly around looking for something to do. During this time, you can use your technical skills to update systems, improve the workability of the networks, and even take apart and refurbish PCs and laptops.

You may also find yourself in the role of ordering office supplies and computer parts, especially if you work for a small business that can’t afford to hire multiple roles. What’s great about working in IT is you can’t really know what to expect each day. You’ll find you might get frustrated over difficult issues or amused at something small that the average worker just couldn’t figure out (have you tried turning it on and off?).

What you can expect is to feel rewarded knowing you’re the reason why the office is functioning properly and effectively each day.

You will be trained on what’s expected of you but remember to always strive to go above and beyond. Your position is to help increase the productivity of the workplace by responding to problems quickly and finding solutions to issues that might be slowing down time or output.

Interested in learning more about how you can prepare for the workforce? We’ve got valuable resources for you, including a collection of Interview tips. Learn more here.

How has AI affected the way we perform our IT tasks?

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Over the decades, our tech and definition of what we consider artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved. AI, a simple definition being the use of intelligent algorithms to automate data and machine learning, has its place in the world of networks and Information Technology. Even in our roles as IT professionals, how quickly technology progresses has made our industry one of the most changing – and AI itself continues to unfold how we do our work and what portion of it (and our time) can be done without our help.

How has AI affected the way we perform our IT tasks?

AI tends to get a bad rep from quite a few industries across the US, however, in reality it frees up tedious tasks that humans have spent countless hours completing when their minds could have been put to better use somewhere else.

There will always be jobs that require a human mind, a touch of empathy and reasoning that (so far) computers are incapable of completing. IT has been impacted by AI as programs and software is developed that can find problems and troubleshoot possible solutions without the need for a technician to take the computer apart and run numerous checks to solve.

In this way, our IT tasks have been positively affected because we can use our time to dedicate and discover new ways of providing services to our employers, protecting their data and sensitive information, and essentially making their work lives easier – which is why we exist! Through automation and back-end learning, as IT professionals, we can begin to provide organizations with cost-saving opportunities that are free from human error – or at the very least, provide IT network techs and AI to learn from mistakes and enhance their roles in the future.

How has the pandemic solidified the future of IT and its use of AI?

The future is going to continue to allow AI to integrate more permanently into our work, especially now that the pandemic has made it a pliable alternative than human face-to-face in may scenarios. The tech industry, as well as many others, have begun to rely on AI to continue business and adapt it with the seemingly perpetual changes COVID-19 has created.

 

Will AI become an essential learning subject for tech colleges?

For most tech professionals, AI is already a comfortable subject. Knowledge of how it will develop and could affect our roles in the future will, of course, be beneficial and allow techs to prepare, evolve, and remain relevant in their positions. Learning to embrace AI instead of attempting to “butt heads” with it and take on the automated tasks oneself, will more likely provide students with a higher chance of adapting as workplaces (and their requirements) do.

Still missing a few certifications or courses to complete your IT training? Reach out for a conversation with the ICOHS admission team to find out how you can further your experience through our dedicated and enhanced courses – both online and in class. Our next session will begin on October 8, 2020, so contact us at admissions@icohs.edu today!

Check Out These Financial Aid Resources Before Giving Up On Furthering Your Education

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We’ve already discussed in a previous post the outlook for professions in IT and computer networking, and we see only growth and expansion of careers in the tech industry, with no downturn or overcrowding of the field expected. The truth is, the jobs are there and will be there waiting for you, but for many, getting there and paying for the education to learn how to excel in the industry, can seem out of reach, especially while we face an economic downtown that could take years to recover from.

 

Financial Aid Resources and Options

Before giving up completely on furthering your education and joining your classmates at one of the most experienced vocational training schools in San Diego, check out these financial aid resources and options first.

 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Student aid is available at the Federal level. You will also need to fill out this application if you are hoping for financial aid from the State level, as it will also determine if you are eligible for student aid, and for how much. For the 2020-2021 academic year, you must have your application in no later than June 30, 2021. Learn more about FAFSA.

 

The California Dream Act Application (CDAA)

The California Dream Act Application (CDAA) is an application for financial aid at the State level. If you are an undocumented student or a non-resident of California applying to attend our college, there are allowances under the Dream Act for student aid such as certain private grants and scholarships. Learn more about CDAA.

 

The California Student Aid Commission

There are student aid options available from the State of California, including an extensive grant program, called The California Student Aid Commission. Check out these programs here.

 

Veteran Assistance Programs

Veteran assistance programs offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs are also available If you served on Active Duty. Visit va.gov for more information. Benefit coverage varies from full to partial tuition assistance. Assistance may be available for books, fees, and housing allowances. Veterans may be eligible to go to school full time and receive full-time living expenses through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

 

Fund Your Future

There’s also a wealth of information available for those who may think they don’t qualify for financial aid. Try reading Fund Your Future, a digital magazine that offers helpful lists, articles, and more for prospective students.

 

ICOHS Need-Based Scholarships and Payment Plans

Ask our admissions office about applying for available scholarships or applying to financial aid if you have a disability. Your unique situation may seem like something that could hold you back from attending college, but it might just be something special that sets you apart and makes you more likely to find financial aid.

If you’re not eligible for any of the above resources, it’s not exhaustive. We offer need-based scholarships and payment plans can also be arranged in cases where an entering student meets all the criteria to begin except for the first tuition installment.

Interested in learning more about your options? Speaking to a member of our admissions team is the best opportunity to find out what’s available and to get advice on how students are finding the resources to pay for tuition. It shouldn’t be the only thing holding you back. Contact us at admissions@icohs.edu today!