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Top 10 Traits of Successful IT Pros

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    Be inquisitive / curious / eager to learn

    Next, the successful professional is inquisitive, curious and eager to learn. These attributes all explain the same thing, namely the insatiable desire to learn new things. This is closely related to being adaptable – to adapt, you constantly need to learn new things, look for trends in the industry and make judgment calls about what fields to study and where the "up and coming" areas are. There is more to learn than can ever be learned in the IT field, so determine where your interests lie and study that area. Know it well and then understand how it relates to other areas; also be aware of changes in those related areas and the changes they may make in your chosen area. If your area seems to be on the decline, determine what is next and start learning about it now while you still have a job. Take every opportunity you are offered for training, whether formal classroom training, informal lunch and learns, industry groups and conferences, reading blogs and books or taking video training.

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    Be inquisitive / curious / eager to learn

    Next, the successful professional is inquisitive, curious and eager to learn. These attributes all explain the same thing, namely the insatiable desire to learn new things. This is closely related to being adaptable – to adapt, you constantly need to learn new things, look for trends in the industry and make judgment calls about what fields to study and where the "up and coming" areas are. There is more to learn than can ever be learned in the IT field, so determine where your interests lie and study that area. Know it well and then understand how it relates to other areas; also be aware of changes in those related areas and the changes they may make in your chosen area. If your area seems to be on the decline, determine what is next and start learning about it now while you still have a job. Take every opportunity you are offered for training, whether formal classroom training, informal lunch and learns, industry groups and conferences, reading blogs and books or taking video training.

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