Three Ways To Jump start Your IT Career

an ideal studentWe all get stuck in channels from time to time, and that happens on the job as well.  You’ve thought about doing something unusual with your information technology career, but just haven’t pretty gotten around to it yet.  Sound recognizable?

You can make 2020 the best year yet for your IT career.  There are several graceful steps you can take to speed up your profession – but you have to take the step, not just think about it!

Learn something new.  One of the biggest causes you get tired of a job is that you’re doing the same thing daily.  If you happen to care for what you do, that’s great, but if not it’s time to break out of the box.  Besides, learning new expertise adds value to your career.  If you’ve been doing server work for a long time, take the time to learn some Oracle expertise.  If you’re a Network specialist, learn some Oracle DBA skills.

Get certified.   Not especially many of us get to work for the same corporation for the rest of our IT careers.  The only job security is the security you give yourself, and one of the ways to get that safety is to add professional certifications to your resume. Qualifications such as the OCP and OCA get you noticed and help you position out from the crowd.  Ask yourself what your resume would look like if you were laid off today, and then take steps to progress yourself and your professional rank.

Be prepared to take one stair backward in organize to take multiple steps advance.  You may be in a position I was in a while back when my company saw me as strictly a Database guy.  I wanted to get on the Cisco side of things, but there was this perception that I was “only a Network guy”.  I had to put down that company to get my shot.  There was some short-term economic pain, but in the long run, it was the best career move I’ve ever made.

People get classify in every field.  In his book “Often Wrong, Never In Doubt”, Donny Deutsch writes about a job candidate who wanted to become a junior ad executive, but couldn’t break in with his current employer – which was an ad agency!  He was classified in a support role, so he applied to other ad firms and was quickly hired.

Sometimes you have to seem outside your recent condition in order to create fresh circumstances for yourself.  Don’t be scared to obtain a stair backward in order to unlock up new possibilities for yourself.  There’s an incredible career out there, waiting for you – if you have the daring to make it and take it.

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