CHOOSING AND NAVIGATING YOUR IT CAREER PATH
Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion until acted upon by an external force. This is true of careers as well, including yours. Where do you want your IT career to be in one year? Do you want to have earned several IT certifications in that time, therefore advancing your IT career? Or do you want to be in the exact same place you are today? The only person who can make this decision is you. Moreover, I can speak from experience that when you begin putting your career into motion - the possibilities are unlimited. However, you have to get started – today.
Information Technology is everyone’s business, because the more flexible you are on the Personal Computer (PC) or post PC devices, the better your ability to tap information from the Internet. IT is what is modernizing and updating every branch of knowledge. Tell me your discipline and I will recommend a software or websites that will make your discipline look simpler. Therefore, people should partly aspire to pursue a career in IT.
Before going around asking experts on what IT career path to take or what IT certification to pursue, first the only person you should ask that question is yourself. Whether you want to start an IT career or jumpstart your current one, make the decision to move forward in your career - and then follow through on that decision. Because the goal of getting a job is less important than the goal of getting a job that you like. You have to have passion for whatever you are doing. If not, you will not do it very well. So try to get a job that you like, pay the whole of your attention on it and then allow nature to take its course. Also, the passion that led you to a particular field in IT is important, because employers will ask you why you decided to choose a particular field in IT as they are looking for people with natural excitement about starting a career in a particular field in IT.
Other than the obvious passion for computers and technology, salary and job growth potential are excellent reasons to consider computer careers. Diversity of computer skills adds to marketability in the workforce. A lawyer that is a Microsoft Certified Professional will benefit more internationally than a lawyer without an MCP. Likewise, a medical doctor that is SQL or Oracle certified will have a better outlook globally than a doctor without any IT certification. Many employers do not have time to train workers on basic skills and expect employees to be more than familiar with computers. If you have an aptitude or interest in math, science or art, and have strong problem solving and analytical skills, you are a perfect candidate for a computer related career. Computer careers can be a solitary work, but often require good communication skills. IT personnel must know how to relay information to clients and co-workers in order to maintain order and efficiency in the system. Computer education is available in many varieties; from certifications, certificate programs, associate degree programs, bachelor’s and even master's degree programs. Many professionals receive degrees in computer science and related fields, but still cannot produce in the local and international IT markets. Therefore, they are required to have specific certifications (for example MCSE-Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, CCNA or MCSA-Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) and some hands-on experience to fit in. In fact, it is better to have a good hands-on experience without having the certifications than having the certifications without knowing the equipment. Companies are more likely to employ candidates with years of experience on Cisco equipment without a certification than candidates with CCNA but lack hands- on experience.
The acceptance of computers in business has created a great demand for IT professionals. Almost every...
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