Choosing Your Technology Career Path
If you are just getting your career started or looking for a career change, the most important thing you need to do is choose the right path. The truth is, all technology candidates should be planning and creating their technology career path. So, we have to ask, what is your career plan? Where will you start? How will you get there? If you’re currently unsure of these answers, continue reading to find out how to choose your technology career path.
What are Your Career Goals?
When mapping out your technology career path, you need to identify your career goals. What is it that you are interested in? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Once you decide this, you need to find your niche career and discover everything that goes into it.
There are many things to look at when finding the right specialty and technology path for you. Look at what is trending today. Technology is a booming industry that is always improving and expanding. You have the opportunity of just doing a simple Google search to see what is trending in technology today and see what path lies ahead. Along with doing this, narrow down your interests. Are you interested in the work of Java Developers or Software Architects? Do you find Data Science interesting? Your initial interests go a long way, and they will help you choose the right technology career path for you.
Assess Your Skillset
Once you establish your career goals and decide what technical field you’d like to pursue, you must assess your current skillset for that position. There are many skills that go into technical jobs that you need to already possess or learn. This not only includes technical skills, but also soft skill such as communication, teamwork, leadership, and more. Technology companies have many functions and positions they need to fill, and the more you know, the better.
It’s always a great idea to expand on your knowledge whenever you are able. This includes expanding your education through schooling or gaining certifications that broadens your opportunities. Consider joining LinkedIn groups that are relevant to the technology career path you are choosing. In these groups, you are able to communicate with other professionals and gain knowledge through their posts and thoughts. You are also given the opportunity to contribute to these conversations. Which leads us to our next point…
Utilize Your Connections
Connections and networking get you a long way in the technology industry. Even in our current environment where we are unable to attend networking events or functions, we have the power of social media behind us. In past blogs, we have discussed the importance of networking and how you can do so using various social media platforms. For more information on this, read this blog.
LinkedIn is a great platform to connect with others and network. Remember, networking on LinkedIn is not just clicking the “Connect” button but creating conversations and contributing to groups that are relevant to your chosen career path. Networking and creating these connections with other like-minded professionals can help further you down your career path.
When choosing your career path, you need to assess your current situation and plan how you can get to where you want to be. List out your goals, your strengths, and weaknesses, and ask questions in your place of employment. It’s always helpful to ask a mentor, peer, or manager their opinions on your skillset and strengths, and it will help lead you down the right technology career path. Building your career to where you want it to be is important, and we want to help. Contact us if you need any assistance with your career path.
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