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Six Tips For A Young IT Professional
Develop A Long Term Goal
So you've begun in the information technology industry – well done! You might be straight out of university, or working as an apprentice-type role while still studying. In any case, one of the most critical things that young information technology professionals should do is create some long term goals.
Why should you do this? Because it's tough to know where you want to go if you don't know how to get there. Think about what you like doing in your job. Is it developing, documentation, talking to people, testing, planning? This could be hard to work out if you're new, but you might have some idea. If not, think back to what you liked most at university and expand from there.
The good thing about being a young information technology professional is that you have a lot of time to decide what you want to do. When I started, I remember I had about six or seven ideas of areas I wanted to get into – Java development, database administrator, project management, business development, and a few others. Since that time, my roles have changed and it has made finding an appropriate long-term goal even easier.
Find A Mentor
A great way to improve your information technology career is to find a mentor. A mentor is a more experienced information technology professional, who maybe works in the same company as you, and is able to offer advice for your job and your career. Ideally it's someone who works in the same area as you, or the same area you'd like to get in to, so they have first-hand experience to offer you.
There are probably two methods you can find a mentor – you can ask your business if they can suggest anyone, or you can find one yourself and ask them directly. Both have their pros and cons. If you're able to get someone to be your mentor, that's a great step in the right direction, and hopefully they can give you the guidance you need.
Learn To Express And Communicate
When I began working in information technology, I found that there are a lot of different kinds of people in the field. Communicating with different kinds of people isn't something they teach you in university (well, they didn't when I was there). You get good at speaking to