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IT Career Planning

Author: Pete Langlois/Wednesday, April 01, 2015/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Career planning consists of activities and actions you take to achieve your individual career goals. It’s an ongoing process in which every technology professional should engage:

  • Taking a look at your interests and abilities;
  • Planning your career goals;
  • Designing the action plan to achieve your goals.

When it comes to career planning your employer or supervisor may offer their support or suggestions, but it is really up to you to plan your own career. The following are a few tips to get you started:

SET GOALS: Set both short and long-term goals for your career, such as being a Supervisor or Project Lead within the next five years;

LEARN MORE: Research your goal positions and determine the education and training needed. For example, if your dream position is to become a Senior Software Engineer you will need experience with multiple systems and software like Oracle for databases, JMS for messaging system, Apache for Web Server, and Tomcat for third party communication with HTTP or TCP connections;

TAKE STOCK: Complete an assessment of your skills and catalog your strengths, opportunities for improvement, and personal passions such as innovation or problem solving. Using our Senior Software Engineer example again, your assessment may show that you already have the needed skills in infrastructural architecture using the design methodology of Agile Software Development. But, to get to your dream position you will also need to learn the Scum Development Process and Extreme Programming;

GROW SKILLS: Work with your supervisor to identify on-the-job learning and training opportunities which will help get you closer to your goal position. Many organizations will let you volunteer for a task force or work groups in exchange for additional training. Not only does this provide the opportunity to learn from more experienced IT professionals, it also tells your manager that you are eager to learn;

NETWORK: Identify opportunities to network and grow your skills away from your job - including getting involved with professional associations like the Association of Information Technology Professionals or the Network Professional Association;

THINK DEEPLY: Don’t limit yourself to just IT related professional development. Collaboration, leadership, and communication skills are desired in all managers and supervisors regardless of discipline.

In today’s competitive business landscape, great things don’t come to those who wait; they come to those who plan. Make today the day you start your career plan. You’ll be happy you did.

Pete Langlois is Vice President of SNI Technology. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent in the IT sector and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike. You can reach Pete at: planglois@snicompanies.com

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Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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