If you’re working in IT already, the chances are that you are surrounded by many qualified professionals doing exciting looking stuff! You probably want to take your own career in a more exciting direction, but the problem is which direction? The possibilities are seemingly endless! On top of this, once you’ve decided where you want to specialize, you then have the additional problem of making yourself stand out from the pack so that you can land yourself your dream job.
In this article, we will talk about how to approach evaluating yourself and what the best career path would be for you, how to make yourself a valuable asset in your chosen field. Finally, we’ll discuss the prospects and day-to-day working lives of three of the computer science branches to give you some insight into what they entail.
Evaluate What You Want
When you are thinking about what you want out of your career, it can be useful to start by simply envisioning how your perfect workday would look. Would you be working at home or in an office environment? Would you be working alone or as part of a team? Would you like to get your work done early in the morning or at night? Crucially, would you like to work for yourself or in an organization?
Next, think about what you want to get out of your work. Do you want to be leading people, or would you prefer to be problem-solving in a more independent capacity? Come up with a few things that you would like your job to include and try to think about the things that you really DON’T want your job to include as well. In most jobs, you will probably have to do some things that you don’t exactly relish, but this shouldn’t be the majority of your day, and it shouldn’t be things that impact your mood and ruin the rest of your time!
Once you have some answers to these questions, you can begin to do your research on what careers might allow you to have the working life that you want to have.
Make Yourself A Valuable Commodity
If you want to make yourself valuable in the IT community, then an ms in computer science isn’t a bad place to start. It shows that you have advanced knowledge in your area and that you are passionate about your subject.
However, it’s important that you make yourself valuable in other ways too. For example, ensure that you keep up to date on emerging trends in your subject area. This is why it’s important to choose your subject area wisely and not just based on the salary. You won’t want to keep informed on topics that you don’t care about! It’s a good idea to try and make contacts in your chosen area too. Reach out to potential employers and ask their advice on how to make it in your field. This not only gets you contact, but it also shows that you have initiative, which employers love.
Make use of social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, and post regularly with content that builds up the image of yourself that you want to portray. This way, you can regularly reach many people who may be valuable contacts in the
This article was written by Guest Author and originally published on WPArena.