Interested in your career in
Information Technology (IT)? Then we must continue from where we left
off. At Jidaw we advise students to approach career development in the exciting field of IT with
enthusiasm. And with knowledge and the right mindset.
so many enquiries at Mastercomputers training center and at the Free IT
Career Seminars we conduct. You know something, I have to
laugh when people say that a career in IT is mission impossible. Don't
you? There are no mysteries and let's dispel the myths.
What is the
quality of your effort? Quality of effort is often the difference
between frustration and achievement.
The IT Career Top Dos and Don'ts - 1,
I stressed the need to focus and maintain focus. Do you appreciate that a
career is about empowerment? You need to get creative! And most
importantly go beyond yourself and add value to others. Make yourself
relevant with service and contribution. I hope share more tips acquired
through my experience at Jidaw.
more top "dos and don'ts" tips to keep your effort at
high quality. They are unavoidable fundamentals. We stress them at all
Jidaw's IT Career Empowerment forums. Don't forget that all dos and don't mentioned should be
applied as one.
5. Do grow your Network
To serve and contribute effectively in your IT career, build networks by
cooperating and collaborating with others. Have you joined existing
networks in the IT space like the African Information Security
Association (AISA), Network of Aspiring and Startup IT Entrepreneurs in
Africa (NASITEA)? What is your value if you
can't learn from or work with other people? The value of networking
can't be underestimated. How will you spread your message or understand
the needs of others?
Don't burn bridges you may need tomorrow but instead plant the right
seeds. Network - listen to, learn from and understand the local and
global environment. Network with colleagues, family, friends, mentors,
employers, employees, clients, etc.
At Jidaw we stress soft skills.
To enhance networking, work on your non-technical and people skills
(life skills) like communications, leadership, presentation, teamwork,
etc. Effective development of these life skills helps you position and
package yourself for opportunity and growth. You need to understand the
motivations of other people to work, grow and network effectively with
To encourage networking we created
Jidaw's Facebook networks.
Strong support networks recognize your value and allow you to listen
better, sell your ideas, contribute, collaborate and create opportunity
now and in future.
6. Don't joke with Professionalism.
Ethics is another issue that affects value. Can you trusted? We know
you're an MCDBA, but is that database safe in your hands? Trust breeds
opportunity. Are you considerate? Are you courageous? "Be a thermostat
not a thermometer". Because of its importance, Professional Ethics
is at the core of Jidaw's hugely popular IT fundamentals course,
A+ Computer and Network Diploma Training.
You are the Java expert; you have the Oracle solutions. Big deal! Are
you a positive influence? Or are you the "Emperor that can do no wrong?"
What message do you send out? In your actions, are you fair, honest,
responsible, friendly, supportive, law-abiding, and tolerant?
7. Don't Feed on the Negative
As you build your IT Career, how will you deal with unfairness,
condemnation, lack of appreciation, poor support or the absence of
appropriate or timely reward? Wake up from the comfort zone siesta! Can
you go the extra mile?
Jidaw IT Career Empowerment stresses focus on the positives.
Opportunity isn't always attractive or obvious, but it's always
knocking. For example, what would you do if the pay isn't attractive,
but it's an opportunity to get your hands dirty in the your area of
interest, say in the programming field?
A strong WHY will carry you through challenges. Believe in yourself,
Have a high sense of self-worth. Don't get buried, but learn instead
from experience and mistakes. "The man who does not make mistakes
usually does not make anything." Focusing on fear and worry stops you
from moving forward. Don't listen to dream-killers. Run with your can-do
and can-bounce-back attitude. It is for this reason that the theme
chosen for the
Free IT Career Seminar is the "Total Disrespect of Status Quo."
Results may not be immediate so commitment and perseverance are
critical. Believe in yourself and press on. Feed on positive and
realistic expectations. According to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "If you
only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake
8. Do something now
You've got the interest, so what're you waiting for? Jidaw organizes IT
training programs and seminars regularly to empower people in the
technology field. But don't wait to
be encouraged? Don't make that mistake. Waiting for ideal or perfect?.
It's your life. It's your future. 1,000 excuses doesn't equal to an IT
career. According to Alice Bloch, "We don't waste time, we only waste
The ideas of empowerment, being creative, being positive and having a focus are all
great. But unless you act, all you achieve is a big fat zero. You've
attended Jidaw's seminars and empowerment forums but have you gone
further to invest in training? Don't let your dream become an illusion. Sitting in
a farm all day doesn't make you a farmer. Do something now! If you don't
shoot, you can't score! "The big shot is the small shot that doesn't
If IT is truly your passion, you may even consider going for a masters in information technology .
What are you doing? Don't wait for matters to become critical or urgent.
Being proactive is essential for career growth. Jidaw's free
Careeraware.com content and
Free IT Career Seminars can be your initial baby steps. No matter how big or
small, start investing in your IT career today. You have what it takes
to make a difference now!
The power to shape your career is in your hands! I and the Jidaw team wish you all the best
in your IT Career,
The IT Career Top Dos and Don'ts - 1
Jide Awe is the Founder of Jidaw.com
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March 11, 2011
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