What Skills Can Boost Your IT Career?
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What do you think? if you had a store with two salesmen earning the same salary, then you have to relieve one of them of his duties, would you first think about who is more certified, or you would think about who the customers like more?
Now be fair to yourself, you must understand that your certification is not going to be enough to retain your job or make you indispensable at the workplace.
What helps you get a job is a degree or a certification, but what distinguishes you at the workplace is what we want to discuss here.
In the workplace, the only thing that distinguishes you from the person beside you is: “how much does the company value you? How much problem can you solve for them?”
Business owners understand their goals, and they would never compromise them; every business would prefer the employee who is more loved by customers and equipped to solve problems over the one who has certifications but can solve few problems.
Maddy Martin, head of growth and education at Smith.ai, a firm that provides companies with virtual receptionists confessed in an interview with CompTIA that his company now trained people who had less formal education but had particular skills because they ended up being more useful in the work filed.
So, as an IT expert what are some skills you should look into developing in order to stay ahead of the game
Being able to explain that you are good at what you are doing is at least as important as being good at what you are doing.
Your communication skills create an aura for you in your workplace; they shape your colleagues’ impression and a huge part of their love for you.
Communication is not only about speaking fluently, it is also about listening actively, and presenting information in a way that simplifies it to the listeners.
Being a good listener and a good explainer would instantly make colleagues long for your presence in the workplace, and gradually you become indispensable.
How much you are valued significantly depends on your relationship with others in the workplace. Your boss wants to keep the most effective team of people who can work together in peace.
Since you’re looking to work for a company, you should expect that you’ll be working in teams and groups. With that, it’s important for you to have the ability to relate with people in a way that makes them wish to have you around.
Interpersonal skills necessitate things like sensitivity towards others’ feelings, rendering help to others and being nice to them.
Collaboration skills enable you to work well with others. These skills are essential because most workplaces require you to work and collaborate with others. Collaboration skills include understanding a variety of perspectives, managing priorities from everyone in the group, and meeting expectations as a reliable member of a team.
Collaborating successfully necessitates cooperation and mutual respect. Employers typically seek employees that function effectively as part of a team and are willing to balance personal achievement with group goals.
Some collaboration techniques may include:
Offering recognition of the contributions of others on your team, giving credit where credit is due
Identifying obstacles and addressing problems cooperatively as they occur
Placing group goals above personal satisfaction and/or recognition, especially if you’re the leader
Apologizing for missteps and forgiving others for mistakes; holding a grudge or sabotaging the efforts of other team members destroys collaboration
Project Management Skills
Every boss likes an employee they can tell “we have this problem, fix it”. It reduces their work and headache, and so they prefer shcb employees to ones they have to tell “we have this problem, so we need to build this solution using this method before this time.”
Project management skills necessitate that one ģ able to identify goals, make plans to achieve those goals, and see to the achievement of gbe goals without one being closely supervised.
This determines how easily one can fit into and survive different systems.
Adaptability is more of a mindset than a skill; it is a mindset rooted in the love and readiness to learn new things, and the tendency to not think that you do not have a fixed set of traits, interests or abilities which cannot be unlearned.
The skills listed above are some of the most valuable to employers, and hence, anyone willing to make a dive into the IT world should look into resources and environments that could aid them in building these skills and mindset.
Some things that might be particularly resourceful in helping you build these traits are books, courses, your own consciousness and sometimes joining communities like CompTIA’s which put you in a position to relate with others, collaborate with them and work towards a goal with them.