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For Tech Career Success, Keep Learning

For Tech Career Success, Keep Learning
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To have a successful career, tech workers need to constantly evolve, new research finds.

Half of chief information officers said their best career advice for new grads entering the tech industry is to keep learning new skills and stay current in their fields, according to a study from the staffing firm Robert Half Technology.

John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, said technology professionals who keep their skills up to date are universally in demand.

"Employers want to hire people current with the latest software, tools and trends — and these are continually evolving," Reed said in a statement. "Employees who can hit the ground running with minimal training are highly sought at any level."

Tech industry leaders also advise new grads to take any job opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer, be ready and willing to work long hours, join industry networking groups and find mentors.

To help first-time jobseekers land a job, Robert half Technology offers four tips:

  • Find an internship. Check with your alma mater or a local university about post-graduate internship programs. Some employment sites also list these opportunities. Contact potential employers directly to find out if they offer paid or unpaid internships.
  • Explore volunteering. Nonprofit organizations, like any business, rely on technology to operate, but don't always have the resources to hire full-time tech talent. Offering your IT expertise on a pro bono basis helps you earn real-world experience while doing work that benefits others.
  • Earn relevant certifications. Review job descriptions and resources to find out what certifications are in demand for the technology roles you seek. A simple online search can help you find out how and where to earn those credentials.
  • Pursue project work. A reputable firm can help you find part-time or project opportunities while you look for a full-time position. These services can also connect you with training and continuing education that will help improve your marketability.

The study was based on surveys of more than 2,400 CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees in 24 major metropolitan areas.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.