Top 5 Things You Need to Work in IT

Working in IT is a very rewarding job and the more experience you gain after graduating the more you can climb up the hierarchy.

But if you want to work in IT and feel a bit unsure or if you have heard some discouraging stories, don’t worry, as it’s not as bad as you might think. Let’s go through the Top 5 Things You Need to Work in IT.

1) Punctuality
I know what you are thinking, ‘I need to be punctual at work anyway,’ but you may be surprised (or not) that when you work in IT you will have loads of work to do, often more than you can handle during office hours, and you will have several projects at the same time, and you still have to meet tight deadlines. Planning your tasks in advance is essential. If you think of Systems Analysts, for instance, are required to analyze issues in a business, and they then create a solution by making the information systems. This makes business operations more efficient or just simply easier for employees and customers, they need to know beforehand what their work involves and the deadlines they have to comply with. You might be doing this for the company in which you will be employed or for a customer which outsources IT. So as you can imagine there is a lot of planning involved in this role so it is essential that you are punctual and organized.

2) Gained knowledge from relevant courses
If you would like to work in IT one day, you definitely ought to take a college course. Or, you could even enrol in a distance learning course i.e. online learning. You can normally find such courses through a training centre, college or university offering entry-level courses where you can get a deeper understanding of computer sciences in a
relatively cheap and time-efficient way. This means that you don’t necessarily have to spend 3-5 years in a degree programme to learn the essential skills of computer sciences. Courses are a great short-term way to motivate yourself to do your best as you will be passed, failed and/or graded for assignments and exams. And because IT is changing all the time, you should always have the most up-to-date courses and training under your belt, if you are currently seeking a job in IT.

3) Communication skills
When you are working in IT you need to be capable of ‘translating’ complex jargon into everyday discourse. You may be dealing with customers over the phone whose computers are having technical difficulties. You will be able to explain to them what the problem is in a relatively easy way, saving you lots of time in the process. A great way of exercising your communication skills in IT is volunteering or simply helping others. You would gain loads of practical skills helping your grandma or grandpa get their new computer set up. This may sound like an easy thing to do, or maybe your grandparents are in-touch with the 21st century and are just as tech-savvy as you. So, if you feel you would like to step it up a notch you could volunteer your services to an NGO or perhaps a religious organization in the community. This way you have time to learn at your own pace and there is room for errors in the beginning.

4) Website building
If you really want to learn the fundamentals of IT, you ought to try your hand at building your own website. You should definitely look at using tutorials in Javascript where you will learn the basics of building your own website, using HTML and XML. You do not have to worry about making your website look too flashy in the beginning. If you get the most important information right – company overview, contact information, products, services and FAQs – the rest will follow. You can, of course, consult someone who has advanced knowledge of IT, and maybe they can help you out in the beginning so you get the hang of things. Building your own website is both rewarding (it is your own work of art) and helpful for your growth in IT and computer sciences in general.

5) Programming skills
Yes, you probably expected to see this somewhere on the list. Programming is a very important skill to have in IT. As you read from the second tip, you can learn these skills online, from courses and books. Testing, debugging and maintenance are some very important parts of programming. As the need for qualified and experienced programmers increases, it is essential that you have the experience in this field. Although it all depends on your future role working in IT.

Mark Zuckerberg, before a congressional hearing, was asked by one US senator ‘would you agree that we need more computer programmers and people to go into that field?’ to which Zuckerberg enthusiastically responded, ‘Congressman, yes.’ We should definitely acknowledge that they do agree on one thing; there is increasing demand for qualified and experienced programmers, and that is why you should take advantage and get started now.

By Alexander McCreath, Student Job Ireland

 

StudentJob is a job portal. They launched the Ireland website in early 2018. Their goal is to connect students and young professionals in Ireland with their prospective employers. At StudentJob, they understand the importance of finding work and that is why they are committed to advertising the best student jobs in Ireland.