Eight Tips for IT Career Longevity

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Ability to Learn

Demonstrate an ability to learn. When someone is hired directly out of college, they're hired for intellect and attitude rather than expertise. At this point in a young IT worker's career, employers first want to see that you've taken the initiative to become educated about the company – that you know what they do and how they innovate using IT – both internally and for their customers. They also look to see that you are the kind of employee who will always be receptive to learning new things, because at the rate technology changes, knowledge becomes outdated quickly.

As with all things worthwhile, pursuing a career that is meaningful and fulfilling requires a significant investment in preparation and learning. Most of us have a signifier of success that we want to reach. Once we reach the point where we feel we are finally “there,” though, how do we decide where to put our focus? How can we keep our careers on track for the long haul?

Without a doubt, today's employers are looking for talent that is adaptable, willing to learn, team-oriented and innovative. In this slideshow, Eric Reed, CTO, and Patrick McGuinness, CIO, Global Risk and Compliance, both with GE Capital, share their top eight tips for developing a long and prosperous career in IT.


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