While possessing knowledge of technology is important, communication skills are equally important in the world of Information Technology. That was one of the important points driven home by Brian Schillaci during a recent presentation to students of the Electronic & Computer Technology class at the Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown.
Schillaci, a Systems Engineer with Cisco, gave the students a background into what led him to Information Technology and the various career opportunities the field offers.
“It is one of the fields that has the most number of job titles under its umbrella,” according to Schillaci. Information Technology means a salary that ranges from $90,000 to $300,000 a year and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.
Schillaci says having a college degree is a must to enter the field and stressed the importance of gaining certifications which will make a person more marketable to a company like Cisco. He also added that being able to communicate is a necessity.
“I can sit down with my clients, regardless of their technological knowledge, and communicate with them to make sure their needs are met.”
There is expected to be growth in the IT field due to the expansion of the “Internet of Things” concept, the proposed development of the internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
He also told the students to follow their passions with their career choices.
“If you like what you do, it’s not work.”