Is your IT career on the right path? Here are 3 simple questions to find out
How long have you been in the tech industry? Have you been in the same job for years now? Are you doing well in your current post or do you feel stagnant and unproductive? Whether you’re a junior or senior tech pro, it’s a must to take a pause and assess the status of your IT career.
Here are three simple questions to ask yourself:
1. Are you looking for a new job?
If you think you should look for a new job because your current one sucks — think again. When you’re in the IT industry, you should be looking for a job even if you don’t need it. This is your way of staying updated in the industry. Not only will you learn what the salary range is for your position, but you will also discover if there are new skills that hiring companies are looking for in your occupation. When you know what they want, it’s up to you to take on the challenge of improving your own skills to match their criteria. It will be beneficial to your current company and your future company.
2. Are you growing your career?
When was the last time you attended a workshop? When was the last time you tried to learn new code or practiced your skills other than your job? Are you up for a promotion? Is the next step in your career ladder pretty tangible, meaning you know exactly what’s next for you after your current post? If you said no to most of these questions, it might be time to come up with a solid career plan — unless you plan on being stuck in a dead-end job. The IT industry is always changing, and as an IT pro, you have to keep up if you want to go places. The thing is: if you settle with only what you know, it might surprise you if they hire someone better than you.
3. Are you in control of your career?
Sometimes, you still have to ask yourself whether you actually steer the direction of your career or it is the one controlling you. When you are the one in charge of your career, you purposely go after opportunities to grow. You’re aware and content of your current career pace or you’re thirsting for change. When you’re in control, you’re intentional with your career decisions, always keeping in mind worth as a tech pro. On the other hand, when your career controls you, each day at work feels like the daily grind. You’re bored, you’re tired, and you’re mostly doing it for the money. Your bouts of burnouts are often as your complaints about your shifting schedule. It’s time to determine whether you’re in the right industry or not.
It’s time for you to take your IT career seriously. Knowing the answers to these questions will help unleash your full potential and give you the peace of mind you need in terms of your career path. When you know your IT career status, it’ll be easier for you to create an action plan and change or resume what you are already doing.
Don’t be just another IT guy or girl and take charge of your career today. If you want to discover more opportunities in the industry, simply visit the ICTjob.ph website and use our special skill matrix tool for skill-specific job posts for a perfect job match.