Eight Tips for IT Career Longevity

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Confidence to Lead

Be someone who showcases confidence to lead rather than a hunger to be the leader. The best leaders welcome alternative points of view and incorporate good ideas, regardless of the source. They share selflessly and respect others. They consistently communicate their perspective clearly, thoughtfully and, when appropriate, persistently. None of those traits are related to their position in the organization. So instead of driving toward a specific future job title, focus instead on developing these critical leadership attributes in your everyday work. The title will follow.

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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