I know, I know! September is over and it’s a bit depressing -- but a least Halloween is ahead. And besides, it’s time to reflect on September’s poll question!!!
OK, maybe I’m getting a little too excited about this, but the response was simply AMAZING. It was a real pleasure to read all of your responses here in our blog, and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You guys are really helpful, and willing to share your wisdom!
For those who need a refresher, the September poll question was: What 3 tips would you give to a student or anyone else who wants to launch a career in IT? So without further delay, here is the top 10 tips to start a career in IT:
- Don't get a "I Know everything better" complex
- Improve your social skills -> this made a lot of things easier in my life
- The "I" in IT is more important than the "T". And the best place to get "I" is from people.
- There are two types of IT companies: business-centric and technology-centric. If you like to geek out, avoid business-centric companies, and the other way around.
- Grow a sense of humour to survive the stressful situations that you will encounter when something might not go as planned.
- Be open and flexible, i.e., learn to implement what you may not know rather than being boxed into learning and implementing what you know. This will stand you in good stead and give you a broad background as you grow in your career.
- While you are in college do a search for the job you will be seeking when you graduate, and do a gap assessment amongst the experience, projects, technology, and certifications you will need to land the job
- Be focused on what cluster you want to specialize in. IT is far too big to a generalist.
- Don't bank on ONLY ONE technology. Sometimes, your choice ends up disappearing from the landscape (Hello Netware, I am looking at you!).
- If an IT company has a dress code - RUN!!!!
What do you think about these tips? Do you agree with them – or disagree with them? Please share your thoughts below.