If you want to start your career as a Software Technology Professional then here are the few tips to help you to build a career in Software Technologies.
1. Are you really interested?
Consider your interests and determine if they align with your desired career. For example, do you desire to use your computer for more than just work or web browsing? If your main interest is in computer gaming, you may be suited for a career in game testing, writing game code or gaming customer support.
Many people working in IT are required to work independently. Do you prefer working on your own or collaborating with a group? Having the ability to solve problems and experiment with ideas until a solution is found is another characteristic needed by IT professionals. Is that of interest to you? Before pursuing the new career, explore what interests you and test if your interest would be fulfilled in the new career.
2. Is it a good fit for you?
Finding a good fit goes beyond matching your interests to the job. Since a career planning is a life changing event, it is wise to evaluate it carefully. Find out what your new career in IT involves and if your background, skills and interests fit well with it. .
Talk to others in the field, get information on the pros and cons but remember you then need to evaluate the information against your personal career wants and needs. Essentially you need to know if this potential career will complement or give you the type of lifestyle you want.
Research various training programs and educational courses that suit your requirements. Choose the best program based on your existing educational background, your desired career path and the amount of time you can invest in learning. This will help you form an education plan. As part of the research, take note of the entry requirements for the courses or training programs.
4. Get Certified
Studying at tech schools is lucrative. Yet, pursuing certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, or other vendor certifications such as Network+ and CompTIA A+ can help you secure great jobs ranging from entry level positions to jobs with six figure salaries. Whichever level you are interested in, certifications are important. The right certification can help you earn 8 to 16% more than uncertified candidates. So, you should weigh your options carefully and evaluate the value of tech schools and vendor certifications.
Once you’ve completed the evaluation, choose the most in-demand, relevant useful training for your job.
5. Find the Right Internship
Since work experience on your resume would give you an advantage in your IT career, apply for internships at various companies – big, small and those in-between. While a few internships pay well, others can be lightly paid or even unpaid. When you are looking to start a new IT career, doing some gratis work for a non-profit or a large company will give you the information to be showcased under “work experience”. In addition, you could view it as a try before you buy experience. Use internships to really test out your potential career.
Your decision to start a new career in IT is a great step. Many individuals desire to take this step but they often neglect the necessary planning and execution that would get them the results they want.
If you have decided a career path you are interested in pursuing in IT then you have a better option at Marwadi University in the form of 2 years (4 Semesters) MSc course in Software Technologies.
This course is designed with the help of Industry Experts to bring in the persistent requirements of organizations for the cyber security.
Marwadi University also arranges summer training programs, MOOC Personal Interview and professional internships for their students which contribute to their overall development so that when they graduate, they are completely ready for the outside world.
Dr. Sunil Bajeja
Head, Faculty of Computer Applications,