Myths About Working In The IT Industry

I’m sure after working in the IT industry for some time, you’ve come across some common feelings or conceptions about what it’s like to work in the IT industry. Some of them are true, some of them aren’t. In this article, I list a few of the common misconceptions and myths about working in the IT industry.Myth #1 – Everyone is private and lacks social skillsIt’s a common thought that every person who works in IT is a silent, private person with no social skills. Possibly because this is how it’s portrayed in movies – the token IT guy is a dweeby guy with no social skills who stays at home all day playing computer games.However, as you may have realised, working in IT gets you working with all kinds of people. I work in the IT industry in Australia, and it’s a very multicultural industry. Sure, the IT industry hasn’t been around as long as other industries, but there is a large variety of people – young, older, Indian, European, Asian, Australian, men women, all kinds of people with very different skills and personalities. So, not everyone is private and lacks social skills.Myth #2 – You can fix any computer or electronic deviceYou probably get asked this all the time from your friends and family – “Hey, you work in IT, can you fix my computer?” Or, “Hey, you work in IT, can you show me how to work my DVD Player/TV/alarm system/other electronic device?”Yes, you may be able to fix them or show them how it’s used, but this probably isn’t because you work in IT and probably isn’t true for everyone who works in the IT industry. It’s more of an individual thing.Myth #3 – All IT professionals do is write code at a computerIt’s commonly perceived that all the work that people in the IT industry do involves sitting at a computer for eight hours a day writing code. Yes, this may be your job, or you may have done it in the past, but it’s not what everyone does. Testers, business analysts, project managers, team leaders, technical writers, and all types of information technology professionals have different jobs and not all of them involve writing code!Even as a programmer or software engineer, you may not write code all day. You may also perform unit testing, design systems, write documentation, create diagrams and other tasks involving your role.Myth #4 – All the IT work is being sent overseas in the futureA popular topic in the IT industry at the moment is the concept of offshoring or outsourcing. Essentially it involves sending some of the IT work that a company needs, to another company located in another country- hence the term “offshoring”. Most of the time the work is sent to India or China, primarily because of the lower cost of operation.People who read articles or newspapers may hear about this concept and think that there will be no more work left in their own country for IT professionals. I don’t think this is true. Most of the work being sent overseas at the moment involves:· System or infrastructure support· Software development· Networking or hardware maintenanceEven so, many of these roles still remain local, and there are still other jobs that are remaining local, especially ones that are needed to interact with business users regularly.Myth #5 – Bigger companies are always betterPeople may get this impression from the movies or TV shows – working for a bigger company with a bigger office building is always better. However, this probably comes down to the many factors:· The actual company being considered· The individual that works in the IT industry· The role they perform· The country or city they work in· Current economic and other factorsThese factors can affect how good it is to work at a particular company or how good a particular company is for hiring IT workers. It may be that a bigger company is better than a smaller company in some instances, but it’s not a set rule or something that’s always true.Well, there’s five myths about the IT industry that you may have heard about and why I think they’re not true. What are your thoughts? Post them in the area below!