I started as a business coordinator at my company about 8 years ago, which was basically first big boy job out of college. I didn’t have an IT background at all (biology/pre-med) but was given the opportunity to help implement a portion of Epicor 9 for a few modules. I worked along side the IT director at our parent company as well as an Epicor consultant.
I was amazed with the possibilities presented with Epicor to replace our manual spreadsheet entry processes. We successfully implemented the software modules and I became the SME for the limited scope of what we used.
I was promoted to Business Analyst shortly after and began to get more into it with query writing and basic customization (my first being to turn an entire form the company colors, which was promptly shot down by the IT group ) but I had been bitten by the curiosity bug at that point.
I was able to be exposed to more and more technical aspects of the system and became the expert for all things Epicor at both my and our parent company. I remember asking the IT director if it was worth it to stick with this IT stuff and he said he thinks I should. I always laugh in retrospect about how right he was!
Eventually our company made the move towards independence from the parent company and the need for an IT manager became apparent. I was promoted into the role with a systems administrator as a report. At this point, I was a strong Epicor, .NET, and SQL developer, but I needed to expand my comfort zone to IT administration, leadership, and infrastructure as well. I learned about servers, networks, clouds, switches, data centers, hardware, you name it. There is no shortage of things to learn in IT.
Since that time, I’ve had too many opportunities to count to develop software and systems that are used everyday at my company. I learn something new seemingly every day and I get chances to apply this knowledge.
I guess my point is that I feel Epicor was the launching point to my career and has helped me develop a skill set I never thought I would have had.
Epicor is somewhat niche software but C# and SQL are everywhere. ERP is everywhere. IT development is everywhere. My experience with becoming the SME, then analyst/developer, then manager, and at some point in a senior leadership position at my company is in no small part due to being given the opportunity to be in a technical role working with Epicor.
If you would have asked my 8 years ago if I was going to work in IT, I would have said no and couldn’t imagine working with a bunch of nerds. But, I am extremely grateful I do, given the excellent pay, work life balance, no school debt for graduate school (medical/dental/pharm school), and transferable skills. It’s pretty nice to be choosy of opportunities you choose to pursue.
So to recap; learn everything you can. SQL, C#, Epicor, business processes, supply chain, finance, IT. You’re in a position of infinite opportunity.
I’m in Colorado too!