There has been no better time than now to begin a career in technology. Only a generation ago, traditionalists would have poured cold water on the idea that anything worthwhile could be gained from having a healthy interest in the world of computers. Of course this theory has been completely turned on its head. Technology rules the world and technology experts are in higher demand than ever before. You only have to look at the likes of Microsoft, Apple and a trail of internet based companies such as Google and Yahoo to see where things are going. Positions in these companies offer great potential, career development and job satisfaction.
So what’s the best direction to take in order to get on the right path to success? Well first and foremost, you will need to look at the right undergraduate options relevant to your chosen career. Employers will look more favourably on a graduate who has a comprehensive array of science and technology based subjects. This might seem like a given but you’ll be surprised how many hopefuls go knocking on the doors with arts degrees. Clearly they have not done their research.
The best way to gain some sort of advantage in a fiercely competitive industry is to strike early. As well as this, you need to make sure you have the right combination of qualifications and skills to cater for the demands of employers. Scott Dunlop, managing director of Bivium Group states that in a lot of cases candidates just don’t have all the prerequisite skills needed. These ‘life’ skills can be acquired anywhere such as hospitals, factories or a leisure facility. You don’t always have to go for the large computer or software companies.
Starting at the bottom should be expected and should be embraced as in a lot of cases you learn from the ground up. It will also give you a firm foundation into the workings of the organisation as you advance to your eventual career destination. Don’t miss out on any opportunities and keep your eyes open for vacancies. It makes sense to gain certifications where possible in disciplines such as Java, Microsoft Visual and .NET framework. It won’t harm to get some exposure to ERP packages such as SAP and Oracle as a host of financial institutions rely on these every single day.
The main thing to remember is to stay focused and driven. It’s important to keep yourself up to date with all the latest developments in the industry. If you can gain as much information from people already in the industry, then do so as there is nothing better than some firsthand advice.
Go for it!
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