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The way you prepare for a career in IT plays an important role in your success. As with any career, you need to acquire the complex skills that will make a difference, but there are some extra strategies to jumpstart your IT career.

Take courses online

We live in an age when you can learn just about anything online. There are a multitude of platforms that offer accessible courses, prepared by professionals in the sector. You can tailor these courses to your existing commitments and there are no time limits.

Some platforms attract support communities for users looking to develop the same skills. Knowing that you can ask a colleague to give feedback on your projects will speed up your learning.

Develop projects

When taking online courses, you will be encouraged to create your own apps and websites to improve your skills. There are two reasons why you should follow this advice. First, a career in technology requires continuous professional development and a willingness to strive, so working on your own projects helps you to adopt the right mindset.

Second, your projects can form the basis of a portfolio that shows the recruiting team what you can do. Qualifications and evidence of learning are a good start, but in the end, you need to prove that you can translate theory into practice. Do not work alone, contribute to open source projects to gain valuable experience.

Build a network

Never underestimate the power of meeting in person – especially in the technology industry. IT is a surprisingly collaborative field, so the candidates who can represent their ability to connect with other professionals.

Go to networking events for the areas in which you want to participate. Whether for project management, software engineering, quality control or another niche, it is useful to learn about the projects these professionals are working on and think about how you can help.

Consider asking for guidance if you are open to it. You can also find a mentor to help you develop your career.

Building professional relationships is also a great way to keep up with what’s going on in the IT industry. If you’re not sure where to start, do some research on IT events in your area.

Follow industry leaders and organizations on social media and maybe even contact them directly. Many professionals are happy to share their wisdom and career advice with the next generation of technology professionals.

The Juniper JNCIA Engineer will Monitor, Maintain and Configure IP Networks supporting Data and Voice. They contribute to making changes to the infrastructure across a wide range of platforms.

Finally, in an ever-changing field like information technology, you will need to constantly update your skills and keep up with trends . Online courses, professional communities and constant networking can help you keep your skills up to date and stay on top of your IT career.

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