6 Tips for a Successful Career Change Into Information Technology(IT) Just because there is a growing demand for IT professionals, it doesn't mean you can get into the field and have a successful long term career. You better think twice in entering the IT field, if you are not flexible and really inspired by technology. The following 9 tips will help those changing into the IT field become successful and prove that they are the right person for the position. Tip 1: Embrace Change: There is little chance you can succeed in your IT career if you can not separate yourself from the old patterns of thinking and doing things. With this said, you should not think that everything that you learned in the old job was in vain. Even in the IT industry, for example, you can bring your experience in dealing with customers or use your methodological skills. Do not forget what you had done in the past, but embrace chance and focus on the future. Tip 2: Be flexible and start in small steps: Be realistic when applying for a job in the IT industry, even if you have over thirty years and ten years of work experience in an other field. With your new employment in the IT you need to start as a beginner and gather experience first. Tip 3: Engage in continuous learning: When you have completed training in an entirely different field of study or do not have a technical degree, you have to show, more than others, that you can deal with the current topics in IT. To do this you need to acquire any IT certifications focused on your area of expertise. Also make sure that you stay up to date and enhance your IT experience regularly. Tip 4: Show commitment: Show your superiors that no task is too small for you. Do not hesitate to ask your colleagues questions and learn from experienced IT specialists. Even if you are the oldest on the team, keep yourself dynamic and open to the younger colleagues. Tip 5: Ask for feedback: In order to assess whether you do what is expected of you, ask your colleagues and supervisors regularly for feedback. Be grateful for constructive criticism and take the advice and suggestions from experienced colleagues. Reflect on the feedback and implement it as quickly as possible. Tip 6: Believe in yourself: You will encounter in the early stages of your shift into IT, setbacks that may discourage you. If you enjoy working in IT, believe in yourself and continue your way, and things will work out in your favor.
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