Career Top Dos and Don'ts
What must I do to grow my career in
Information Technology (IT)? Many are always asking questions on how to
approach career development and prospects in the IT field? An IT career
can be full of challenges and excitement.
But there is no magic key. It all depends on the effectiveness of your
career growth methods. Quality of effort is often the difference between
frustration and achievement.
Here are top "dos and don'ts" tips that should ensure your effort is
high quality, while keeping you on the right track. Note that none of
these guidelines can stand-alone. To make meaning they all play
1. Do Empower yourself
Empowerment is about using knowledge to make things happen - to create
opportunity. Knowledge options include: training, certification, books,
work experience and the Internet. What's your attitude towards learning?
Is knowledge acquisition an investment or a cost to you?
Career opportunities exist in many fields including: technical support,
programming, web development, database and networking.
Understand what empowerment means. It's about learning how to fish,
instead of always depending on others. It's about resourcefulness
-knowing how to dig deep and knowing where to look for answers.
Put in quality sweat - learn, practice, and invest in substance and not
flashy gimmicks. Be strong in the fundamentals. The great IT pro isn't
satisfied with just doing. Excel in what you do. Aim high. Measure
yourself with high quality global standards. And keep on learning -
Lifelong learning is critical. Anything else is dinosaur land. Strike
the right balance between doing and the ability to keep on doing. You
have to make that balance so you'll be sure to bring the best value to
2. Don't lose Focus
What is your WHY? Empowerment for what? Are you just following the
crowd? Be wise. What is your passion? What do you value? Have a
laser-like focus on WHY. "A dream without a plan is a nightmare".
Planning helps you with (WHY and HOW) focusing and organizing yourself.
You know your stuff but are heading in the right direction? Where are
you? What is your interest? What is your purpose? Where are you going?
How will you get there? Understand the difference between the journey
and the destination. How realistic are your expectations? Fulfillment is
a function of expectations.
It is your duty to find your mission. As you invest in knowledge and
skills, are you developing with purpose? In which area (s) do you want
to make an impact? Get your priorities right. Focus on things that
matter. Avoid distractions and let the main issue be the main issue.
3. Do develop your Creative skills
Focus on creativity and not consumption. Life, or opportunity, isn't
usually a one-way street. Having the right skills and knowledge are
great, but creativity needs more than just expertise. IT attracts
everyone, but are they all making a difference? To stand out and stay
ahead in IT, you need to go beneath the surface.
Observe your environment, seize the initiative and take bold steps.
Learn to see beyond the obvious.
Get deep and drop the status quo approach. Creativity is not about the
usual routine or copycat stuff. "Do not go where the path may lead; go
instead where there is no path and leave a trail" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
What, where is the need? Think outside the box and see how your skills
can provide an answer to the need.
Creativity also means being wise to opportunities available to you. Have
an open mind. No two career strategies are the same. No straitjacket
formula exists for career success. "Use open doors to unlock closed
doors." For example, if the door to your career choice in database
management appears closed, why not start by exploring open doors in
technical support or networking. Such experience may eventually help you
unlock doors to such career paths that may be otherwise inaccessible.
4. Don't neglect Service and Contribution
Technology is about service and contribution. Invest not just for
passing exams but to contribute and to be of benefit to others. Drop the
"its-all-about-the-pay" mindset and recognize that your IT career isn't
just about money or acquiring certificates. Growth comes by solving
problems and creating opportunities. How is what you know and can do
benefiting others? Value means others must benefit from you.
Money is not your mission. Money simply gives you options for achieving
your purpose. Get rid of unrealistic expectations. IT creates wealth,
but it isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. "We eat to live, We don't live to
eat". Get deep and add value. Your value not just knowledge is your
The power to shape your career is in your hands! I wish you all the best
in your IT Career,
The IT Career Top Dos and Don'ts - 2
Jide Awe is the Founder of Jidaw.com
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COMMENTS for "The IT Career: Top Dos and Don'ts":
November 12, 2008
Tunde Ajayi of
Igboho, oyo state, Nigeria says:
Very impressive, innovative and
straight points that reshaped my passion and interest in IT
career. visiting you soon!
October 22, 2008
Paul of Lagos,
April 25, 2007
Ted Terwase from
Garki II, Abuja, Nigeria says:
A friend referred me to jidaw.com, I
was reluctant even to visit the site because previous IT sites
(which I shall not mention) I visited failed to state clearly
why and how it is important. On jidaw.com, I find the words of
Jide Awe not only as keypoints to making one's benchmark in the
industry within years, I also find it as a motivating counseling
for those who desire to get in, as well as those who are already
in there. There hope for us, because there is a place of us who
are willing. Kudos.
Roger from Nairobi
It looks tough but the focus - your WHY
is what matters.
Dekunle from Abuja
Thanks but we need such talks on
certification and career here in Abuja. Keep up the excellent
work, I thank God for you and what He is using you to achieve.
from Lagos says:
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and God bless.
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