Top 10 Traits of Successful IT Pros

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Be ethical / trusted

While the other attributes previously discussed focus on your ability to change and adapt and work with others, this attribute of being ethical and trusted is a bedrock must-have skill to move beyond the most junior ranks of IT. IT routinely has access to sensitive information (financial, tax, health, grades, etc.). If you are even tempted to access data that you have no need to access, this is a red flag. Once you do it, you will be tempted to do it again and you will get caught - it is just a matter of time. Once caught, your career is over in IT at any firm. Your ethical standards need to be beyond reproach at all times. It is not a stretch to say that organizations trust their very existence to the data the organization has, which is in the hands of IT. Abuse of this trust could have financial, legal and other implications, not only for you as the IT representative but for the organization as a whole.

What makes a successful IT professional? This has been discussed and debated and considered for years. While many technical abilities relate to a person's success – and all are vital – in this slideshow, John Hales, a Global Knowledge instructor, focuses on the general character attributes every IT pro should have and on the things that every IT pro should know or do. While general character attributes, like being ethical or inquisitive, are more difficult to learn and develop, professional skills, such as knowing when to say you don't know something or not being afraid to call technical support, can be learned and honed.

If you are considering becoming an IT professional, pay special attention to the character attributes to see if yours match. Anyone can improve in the "things you know or do" category, whether you are just starting out or have worked in the field for years.

John Hales, Global Knowledge Instructor, A+, Network+, CTT+, MCSE, MCDBA, MOUS, VCP, VCAP, VCI, EMCSA


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