[Chugalug] Whats the best way to move up in IT field?

Gary Hasty ghasty at hastypudding.com
Fri Oct 5 15:34:27 UTC 2012


Of course, IMHO, as someone that's been in IT for the last 25 years but only in "IT" for 2 of those years is GET THE HELL OUT OF IT.

Get into the lines of business and understand what makes the company tick.  I see many CIOs now being replaced by various lines of business exes (especially CMOs)

On Oct 5, 2012, at 9:32 AM, David Snyder wrote:

> How to move up?  Here  is my perspective as an employer and small business owner.
>  
> 1.        Realize that it isn’t about you, it is about your company or organization.  You are employed to serve the company, the company isn’t there to serve you.
> 2.       Demonstrate this through your work ethic.
> a.       Never be late.
> b.      Always go the “extra mile”.
> c.       Don’t ever say “It’s not my job”.
> 3.       Show initiative.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my employees when they ask me a technical question.  “I don’t know the answer, Let me Google it for a while and I’ll get back with you”.  If I’m feeling frustrated at the time I may say “You know, you have the fastest Internet connection in the area, and the world’s greatest research tool in the history of man at your desk.  Why don’t you look for the answer, and, after you find it, ask me if what you found is the right solution”?
> 4.       Constantly upgrade your skills.  You will be more useful to your company when you know and are competent in more skills.  This will require that you sacrifice some of your personal time for study and experimentation.  Skip some games and TV shows and improve your skills.   If you like what your company does, figure out the skills they use and need and learn those skills.
> 5.       If you do these things your worth to the company will become evident.  They will either give you a raise or you will move on to a company that appreciates your skills.
> 6.       Memorize point 1.  It is really important.  If you don’t get that you will never advance.
>  
> From: chugalug-bounces at chugalug.org [mailto:chugalug-bounces at chugalug.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Burishkin
> Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2012 12:40 PM
> To: chugalug at chugalug.org
> Subject: [Chugalug] Whats the best way to move up in IT field?
>  
> What do you consider the best way to move up in the IT field?
>  
> I am working is an IT Support Specialist, basically Help Desk type of work, but I do a bit more then that. Ive professionally worked in this field only about 2 or so years, although I have lots of experience experimenting and messing around with computers for many years (15 or so?).
>  
> Ive herd through a few people that have good IT jobs that Certifications and experience is the way to go and they mainly look for experience.
>  
> Through Certifications?
> Through Associates Degree?
> Through Bachelors Degree?
> Through Experience alone?
> Other ways?
>  
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> Jonathan Burishkin
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Gary Hasty
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