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10 Mistakes that Could Doom Your Career as an IT Pro

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Good article, direct and to-the-point. Call them IT occupational hazzards.

10 Mistakes

  1. You Are your Own Best (or Worst) Career Manager (for Better or Worse)
  2. Breadth, Not Depth of Skills
  3. Don’t Be a SMEL (Subject Matter Expert on Life)
  4. Not Being a Tall Poppy
  5. The Living Resume
  6. The Written Word (and Picture) Remains
  7. Don’t Burn any Bridges
  8. Don’t Disconnect Yourself
  9. Technical Complacency
  10. Lack of Soft/People Skills.

See the entire article at:  http://www.globalknowledge.ca/articles/generic.asp?pageid=3185&country=Canada

See also Ten Ways to Stall Out Your IT Career

 

When IT staff don’t know their client’s tools

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Knowing the common tools used by mainstream users is important for IT staff. It lends credibility and demonstrates currency.

Lord knows there are enough technologies out there to overwhelm, and this is not to suggest that everyone know all the tools intimately.

However, when IT staff are not engaged with modern technologies, it suggests a real disconnect with the people we support. Think about the IT person who knows nothing about Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These are fundamental tools of the workplace. They are skills required of many of the people we support. In fact, some job screening criteria require employees to have fundamental familiarity with them. They are the tools of communications, budgets and persuasion. These, too, are vital tools for IT managers and leaders. It’s important to know them.

When IT staff are unfamiliar with emerging social media, it suggests that their technical currency is, well, dated.

When IT staff do not understand or use the tools emerging in the cloud, it gives the perception that they are obsolete and out of touch, particularly when most students (our customers) live in this world.

It doesn’t take a lot to remain current. Everything you need to know is freely available online. All it takes is a little time and initiative. Take some time this holiday break to get familiar with some new tools.

IT professionals are in a world that is changing rapidly. Our customers do not need us the way the used to. If we are to remain relevant, we need to demonstrate the very thing that new technologies impose upon our users… the need for continuous learning and adaptation… applies equally to us. Else we risk our own obsolescence.