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29 Sep 09 Planning For A Career In Information Technology

Written by: SamElli

Properly planning a career in Information Technology is paramount to your success within the industry.  Knowing what you have to do, and coming up with the best way to carry out that plan, is absolutely necessary if you hope to build a successful career.  So first set out your list of goals that you hope to achieve, as that will help you better understand how you can achieve them.  Are you more concerned with money, job security, or job freedom?  All of which offer different challenges and rewards, and pretty much require different tactics, in terms of the education you will need.

Start out getting the certifications you will need in entry level IT opportunities.  Study and gather certificates in Cisco, Java, and Microsoft platform related applications.  This is a good thing to do while you are pursuing a degree from either a 4 year University, or a technical college.  This way you’re setting yourself up for the industry, while getting your education, better preparing yourself in a shorter amount of time.

As you are learning, make sure that you always keep track of IT related news and trends.  The industry is in a constant flux of new ideas and constant change, keeping up on that is very  important.  Only by staying current can you make yourself into an asset at any job you’d like to get in the future.  So keeping your skills and knowledge up to date is invaluable.

Look for a few trade groups that you can join, during your education and beyond, so that you can network within the industry.  Networking is a vital component of any industry, but especially for one that is constantly changing like the IT field.  Getting connected with people already in the industry will help you find entry level positions when you’re out of school.  Not to mention connecting with those that have established themselves helps you learn what’s necessary to succeed in the end.

Finally, make the most of every opportunity.  Take advantage of the first job you get straight out of school, and work hard and apply that knowledge you have in every way.  You first opportunity can make or break you, so take full advantage.

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