In a Crowded IT Industry, How Do You Progress Your Career?

There’s no shortage of IT jobs; indeed, it’s one market where you can access with relative ease, and be paid a decent wage from the beginning. But there’s a snag; a lot of people know this, and that means there’s a lot of people competing for the jobs that are a step above “entry-level.” And of course, reaching the top is even more difficult. But it is possible – take a read of our tips below, and you’ll be placing yourself on the right path towards IT career success.

Don’t Be Afraid to Move

Now, we know that there’ll be times when you want to be loyal to your employer. They’ve taken care of you, you like your work, and your colleagues are cool. However, unless they’re offering you regular promotions, that pleasant position might turn out to be a dead-end job. If you want to become a success in the IT world, you have to be willing to move. Remember, a job isn’t just a one-way street; you should ask what your employer can do for you, as well as the other way round.

Topping Up Your Skills

It might seem like IT is everywhere you look, but this is not the case. In fact, it’s barely just begun. As such, things are moving at a fast pace. If you were to rely solely on what you know now, then you’d be out of the game in a couple of years. When you sign up for a career in IT, you’re signing up to carry on learning until you retire. So take the time to learn the IT skills you need to progress your career. When an employer asks you to do something, you’ll already have the skills to do it.

Position Yourself As An Expert

You might think that you’re “just a worker,” but you don’t have to be. You can also position yourself as an expert, and in the process gain a reputation as being someone worth paying attention to; it’s easy to see how this would have a positive effect on your career. You can do this by using social media to comment on the latest IT issues, and writing blogs that go into detail about a certain topic.

Sideways Isn’t Always Bad

In most industries, a sideways move may be considered bad. In IT, this isn’t necessarily the case; indeed, if it exposes you to a new facet of IT, then it could be a good thing. It’s a good idea to have a speciality, but also a broad understanding of many different aspects of the industry too.

Look to the Future

It’s fair to say that the world will look a little different in ten years. It certainly looked different ten years ago! As such, keep one eye focused on what’s coming up ahead. If you see something that’s worth being involved in, then you’ll be at the forefront of an emerging market while everyone else is still figuring out what’s going on.

Insure Yourself. Protect Your Finances

Protecting your finances is hard. It can sometimes feel as though you’re being attacked from all angles with the bills you have to pay, and money you have to fork out every so often to make sure you’re protecting yourself and your finances. We really are just working so hard to make money, to then throw it all away on the things that are enabling us to live and good and happy life. But as Americans, what can we all agree is going to be the biggest cost if you don’t get the right insurance? It’s going to have to be health, isn’t it. We don’t have the luxury of having it for free, and if you don’t insure yourself, you run the risk of not being treated, or being hit with a bill that could be worth thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. So, the sooner you insure yourself, the sooner you’re protecting your finances. Here’s are some ways that you can get some of the best deals.

Full Coverage

This really is essential. When you start looking for health care insurance, you’ll see a range of different prices. Some of them will shock you, and you’ll wonder just why they were so cheap. Others you’ll quickly scroll past, and you’ll wonder why they’re so expensive. Well, the cheaper ones are probably the ones that aren’t offering you full coverage. Having the top package really is essential if you want to get the best treatment when it comes to it. Full coverage for dental treatments for example is one of the things that people seem to forget about. Everyone is always so insistent on focusing on the actual medical side of things, whereas the dental side of things is something that could crop up so much easier. So, always make sure you’re checking out what you’re signing yourself up for. A lot of the medical insurance packages are fixed term, meaning you’re tied into a contract. The last thing you want is to be paying for something that isn’t even going to give you the protection that you need.

No Hidden Costs

Nobody ever reads the small print. If you do, then you’re dedicated to making sure that you get everything that you’re paying for. It’s easy to see why you wouldn’t read the small print of a phone contract for example, but for something like this, you should definitely be checking for any complications or hidden costs. They won’t outright say it, but there could be things that could void your insurance. For example, if you smoked, then got COPD, they might not cover you. Always read what they send you!

No Dodgy Companies

Some companies really are dodgy. Whilst they might be legit, they won’t do what they say they’ll do, and they definitely won’t give you the cover you want. They’ll usually be the ones charging the least for what you want, and they’ll definitely be the ones trying to draw you in with unrealistic offers. Always make sure you’re reading reviews of companies to see what they’re like, and what experiences other people have had with them.

Pros And Cons Of Hiring From Abroad

There are many reasons as to why you might hire from abroad. To do so lends your team a fresh perspective, and can truly enrich your overall skill base with talents that you might not find as easily in your home country. It might be that you hope to make the transition of expanding to that country one day, and you hope to prepare yourself as much as possible by hiring those with experience there.

However, like any business decision, hiring from abroad comes with its pros and cons. Overall there are more pros than cons, so it should absolutely be considered and considered heavily. However, it does always pay to stay informed, and the following should help you do that:

Skillset

Of course, for the most part you hire abroad in order to gain a certain skillset. It might be that some niche form of competence is only found in a country abroad in extreme quantities. This can make sense from a cultural perspective. For example, if you hope to expand your business’s standing in a new country while settling offices there, you can be sure that someone from that country would have more appropriate marketing knowledge than someone hired from home. This is true even if a potential new hire from home is of that cultural descent, as up-to-the-minute knowledge is usually required to keep your finger on the pulse.

Cost

One of the downsides of hiring from abroad is the cost it entails to do so. When it comes to providing travel, temporary accommodation or even helping them cross the border via time and dedication, it’s not exactly the most convenient method that any business can utilize in order to find new workers.

However, it pays to weight up the cost. It might be that a singular skillset is something that is more than worth the cost of bringing in a foreign worker, or that in the long term your business interests will more than pay for this investment. For example, it might be that you’re hoping to increase the language capacities of your team, hire those who can authentically translate for your website, or simply help you become more familiar with a business set of ethics expected somewhere abroad. For example, in the United Arab Emirates, business deals are often treated as much more social and respectful affairs than the cold and calculating manner of the West, and so respectfully courting your new business partner is as important as negotiating the terms of the deal. This information can be invaluable when placed at the right time.

Permanence

You should also consider just how long you hope for your employee to last. It might be that they are only aboard for one project, or that they might have  the chance to prove their permanence with your firm. It’s best to lay this right at the outset. Just keep in mind that long periods of employment will mean you have to help them become patriated and keep their documents verified for a longer time. It might also mean having to pay even more to require them to become a permanent resident, with their own and potentially a fiance visa to apply for. Keeping all this in mind will help you set the parameters, turning a chaotic and inconvenient setup into something that works for you at all times.