Top tips for pursuing a career in IT and networking

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Publishes On : Tuesday, 16 May 2017
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Top tips for pursuing a career in IT and networking

The digital and tech sectors are now evolving at such an exponential rate that we cannot keep pace. During the last year alone, the World woke up to the likes of Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home, whilst becoming increasingly at risk to cyber security threats.

The good news? For those looking to carve a career in I.T. and Networking, right now is a better time than ever – with recent reports revealing 66% of IT pros advising they would work within the sector for their entire careers.

Where to start?

The great thing about the I.T. Sector is that there is a wealth of career opportunities available – whether you’re looking to work behind the scenes in I.T. Support or head up your own department.

Unsure where to start? Think about your skillset or natural interests: For example, are you quite creative? If so, web or software development may be the career for you, providing the opportunity to combine skillset in I.T. with digital design…

To echo Bill Gates, ‘Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering’.

Move away from specifics

I.T. is one of the most in-demand industry sectors to work in, where even Forbes has positioned it on its ‘Hottest Jobs’ list.

However, with this demand comes the requirement to continuously adapt and change. Today firms are looking for specialists in I.T. Security or cloud-based technologies, but roll forwards another 10 years and this demand is likely to look somewhat different, particularly as we continue to embrace and rely on Artificial Intelligence.

The evolving digital landscape and tech scene has made I.T. one of the most changeable industries, and to succeed aspiring professionals should look to pursue a career path with transferable skills as opposed to a specific job role. For example, the capability to code can take you down several career routes, from enabling firms to connect with businesses online to creating sector specific software.

Keep pace with industry developments

From the realms of ethical hacking and increasing cyber security threats, to the development of unique I.T. Networks and bespoke cloud systems, the I.T. World is changing, and businesses are too, with the term ‘PC literate’ now meaning something completely different on interview, as we face a growing digital skills gap.

For I.T. professionals, keeping pace with these industry developments is vital for success – which is where I.T. organisational bodies like Cisco, CompTIA, ITIL and the Coding Institute come into play. From specific training courses to certified qualifications – all industry bodies work hard to keep qualifications current and up to date, whist offering guidance on the latest industry developments:

Interested in finding out more? Course Library works with a host of Premium Training Providers who excel within the I.T. Sector. Examples of our top beginners’ courses include:

Cisco CCNA & CCNP Routing & Switching Package
Database Administrator Specialist Training Pack with Microsoft, CompTIA & Cisco
CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certified

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