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10 Top Dos and Don'ts for Your IT Career

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By Jide Awe
and Certmag.com

There is no standard method or formula for ensuring IT career success. In fact, there are many different career approaches and options. However, sustaining and building a successful IT career should not be left to chance. IT professionals often have to deal with a variety of situations that could either threaten or sustain their careers.

The following “dos and don’ts” tips are to help you sustain and grow your IT career.

1. Do Plan and Execute Your Career in a Proactive Manner
It is not enough to work, or to decide that you want a career, in IT. Set your career goals and determine the steps you should take to realize your goals. Don’t approach your career in an unplanned manner, by simply hoping for the best. Ask yourself these questions: Where are you? What are your goals? How are you progressing, and how do you want to progress? Take an honest look at your situation and take control. Review trends in the IT industry and your needs. The plan should be based on information gathered from credible sources. Be realistic by setting attainable (reasonable) goals. And make sure you execute the plan.

2. Don’t Focus on IT Career Tools and Trends
New products and fads are the order of the day in the IT industry, especially in the career sector. Examples are new certifications and the latest training programs. IT professionals need to observe these trends to remain relevant. However, though training and certification have their uses, they should not be your focus. Training, formal education and certification should not be pursued without regard to your career goals. Use them as stepping-stones to where you’re going. Employ training, certification or other career tools if and when they align with your career goals—short- and long-term. It doesn’t make sense to aim for a “hot” certification that won’t help your career growth.

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