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Top Tips for IT Grads 2008

Top Tips for IT Grads 2008 By

  • 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 €$ 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 knowledge… but choose a job that will help that!
  • Deliver more than expected, 'Be the Tallest Blade of Grass' – 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


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