The IT career is hardly an easy journey. There will be stumbling blocks, and it’s great if you have people who can help you foresee and get through them. Brian Holak, in an article for TechTarget, shares the best pieces of IT career advice that a selection of IT executives have ever been given. Their responses are supplemental pills that can spare you some headaches along the way:
- Take the outsider perspective.
- Be a good mentor to your team.
- Step in other people’s shoes to manage them.
- Adopt an improvisational mindset.
- Have a clear business vision.
- Embrace failure.
Listen to the Real Experts
It’s easy to feel complacent in what you do, so it’s important to seek feedback from outsiders. Sometimes, things that are appealing to IT people may not make sense to other departments, and that’s why it’s helpful to talk to your peers and have them evaluate your work. Be open to criticism and recommendations from others; they may lack a computer science background, but they know the best way to do business and increase customer satisfaction. Along with that, be ready for change anytime. Today, it’s all about what you’ve learned and adapted, rather than what you’ve already known and done.
Your work is also a team effort, so don’t take others for granted or allow them to feel lost. You can pave a shorter route for your team through informative instructions and mentoring. The key in working in a group or collaborating with others is to understand who your team members are, what tasks work best for them, and what they aim to achieve in their careers. Your team will feel motivated and more engaged if you challenge them and give them a reason to go to work every day.
More importantly, IT is not all about servers. Nowadays, much of IT has been implemented from a business perspective to generate sales and fulfill goals. At the end, IT should benefit the overall business, not just the IT department. That’s why you need to adopt a business lens to have a clear and ambitious vision.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to fail—be afraid not to try hard enough. There’s always something valuable to learn from every mistake and failure. You can view the original article here: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/video/Five-technology-execs-share-their-best-IT-career-advice