Top Tips for IT Grads 2008 By ComputerJobs.ie
- Get as much 'real world' experience as you can, no matter how junior the work.
- When choosing your first job, don't go for the money or location over the long term opportunity of learning in your chosen field.
- Specialize within your chosen discipline of IT and become the best.
(eg: Perl developer / Financial Services / Funds management specialist)
- Don't go traveling for a year after you qualify. Get 18 months experience, then you can work in IT overseas.
- Make friends with 1-2 senior IT professionals who can act as mentor's for you in your career. They won't mind.
- Study! Study! Study! – It adds â‚¬$ to your salary.
- Make a career plan for 1, 3 and 5 years and stick to it.
- An IT career is beyond continental boundaries. Try to visualize the world as one and travel.
- Get as many qualifications and certificates as you can, even if you have to pay for it yourself.
- Develop your skills, broaden your knowledgeâ€¦ but choose a job that will help that!
- Deliver more than expected, 'Be the Tallest Blade of Grass' â€“ Be confident in your abilities but always ask for help when needed.
- Know what you want to do before applying for jobs, and go for it!
- Don't undersell yourself, be aggressive about your starting salary, research the company you are interested in well.
- Make contact with 4 IT recruiters and stick with them, as your career grows, keep them notified as they will be your full time eyes for new opportunities.
- Remember – 'The day you start a new job is the day you start looking for your next one.!'
- Enjoy yourself & your career – remember its only a job.
- Don't give up and be proactive on your job search.
- Embrace yourself to as much technology as possible