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The Real Value of Experience
- The real value of experience
Don't focus on tools
- Do focus on gaining useful experience.
While training and certification help you acquire
relevant skills and knowledge, there's no substitute for
the experience of solving real-world problems. Much of the skills and knowledge of an IT
professional is gained through practical experience.
experience is not just about the number of years you've spent on the
job. It is about job
effectiveness and capability. The quality of your experience is
reflected in your ability to provide solutions quickly and creatively.
the biggest challenges facing those in the IT profession is getting the
necessary practical experience. Getting yourself in the door, however, requires initiative. Sometimes you may need to volunteer or take less than what you feel you
deserve to get the experience you need.
It is important not to keep
job-hopping all in the name of gaining experience. What has the new job
got to offer you in terms of your career?
and experience come first in this industry. There is no substitute for
this in the IT industry.
is important to make sure that where you work, you are continually
learning and developing yourself.
lot of the knowledge and experience you will need to succeed on the job
cannot be taught in a classroom or certification.
must have the ability to learn from your experiences and also from your
peers and colleagues.
must not only learn, you must learn fast.
§ Understands how customers implement and utilize the
you gather experience your attitude is important. Show that you have a constant desire to learn and willing to go the extra mile.
§ Build your teamwork skills by collaborating and
interacting with others.
hardware and software knowledge and build on your Problem-solving,
Analytical and Communication Skills.
§ Be timely in implementing solutions. Your ability to
deliver is not enough; your efficiency counts.
Understand and support the mission and vision of your clients or company.
focus on tools
focus on jobs and career advmt tools, focus on your career.
repat a work exp more than 3 times
build your own network
your company carefully
in a company that invests in you
ne afraid to take a lateral or lowr graded job for experience
learn from your mistakes
live a balanced life. Work is what you do not what you are.
react to the attitudes around you
develop your soft skills work well with your peers and others
best strategy is to get a job that will give you experience, keep
developing yourself and make conscious decisions about your career
Let your actions speak in a professional,
The main thing is to get a job that your happy in.
Don't just look at a dollar amount. Look at the whole thing. When I look
at jobs, I look at the following (in no paticular order).
Description (what the position does).
Hours (regular, OT/Comp and on call).
Average amount of stress involved (MAJOR point
Amount of travel involved.
and so on...
the research and you will find that you learn more that way. Keep in
mind that it is perfectly fine to not know the answer to the question.
What makes you valuable as an employee in the I.T. field is the ability
to find the answers.
Learn from others
compete with other IT professionals or you can collaborate with them.
The choice is yours.
employees in particular need to find ways to make themselves continually
more valuable, thereby making their companies more productive, efficient
A few weeks of training and passing a handful of exams
doesn't exempt you from spending the time required to
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