Information technology is a popular field to go into, but as technology changes and updates, the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in tech change too. With many different areas of tech and different skills needed for each, it can be hard to pinpoint what to focus on when it comes to your resume and polishing your skill set. Overall, though, there are set qualifications that tech companies look for when hiring candidates to add to their teams.
No longer are tech professionals sitting behind a computer, never speaking with other coworkers or clients. Today, a tech professional needs to know how to work with a team and how to communicate updates, changes and new programs to executives who may not understand all of the tech lingo. With software and tech constantly changing, it is up to the IT professional to help the rest of the company understand the changes they need to undergo to keep up, and good communication skills is what you need to do that.
New generations of kids are being taught coding in their elementary school classrooms—and for good reason. Coding, even at its’ simplest form, is a vital skill for the entire workforce, but specifically for those looking to enter into tech. As an IT professional, you will not just be expected to understand code, but you will likely be expected to write it as well and to understand multiple different coding languages.
Most days, dealing with technology is dealing with trouble shooting and problem-solving tasks to ensure a program is running correctly. IT professionals deal with breakdowns, errors in code and unexplained software reboots that call for a lot of problem-solving skills. You will need to know how to work with a team and with the technology to solve these problems and create solutions that will benefit your company.
It is known that many IT projects take time—often, installing a new program or adding software can take months to complete. But that doesn’t mean that you are spending your time slacking off. The time limits on these projects are long because they need to be—as an IT professional, you will be writing new code, testing it, implementing changes and continuing this cycle until it is perfect. If you do not have the right time management skills, the entire process can be derailed.
Ability to Change
Change can be hard for many people, especially in a business setting. For most jobs, sticking to what you know works is often enough for a job well done. Unfortunately for IT professionals, this is rarely the case. As mentioned, technology is constantly and rapidly changing, so it’s important for those in the field to not only be able to adapt to change, but to embrace it.
If you are looking to enter into the IT field or find a new job within the technology realm, or if you are a company looking for skilled IT professionals, contact The Goodkind Group to learn more about how we can help you. Contact us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website for more information.