How to Become an Indispensable IT Employee
What’s the key to employability in IT? Fortunately, it’s a field in which there’s plenty of demand, and thus plenty of employability.
But the top players in the field are indispensable. They’re the people mourned when they exit to another firm, and the ones their companies are eager to keep.
How do you become indispensable to your department? Read on.
1. Be curious
Fortunately, most IT professionals are curious. It goes with the territory. The indispensable ones are fully capable of pursuing their curiosity for curiosity’s sake. As CIO magazine puts it, they are likely to have their own computer lab in their garage, where they have fun with an issue until they understand it to their own satisfaction.
Does this seem like going above and beyond the call of duty on the job? We’re not saying actually, that you need to pursue everything that makes you curious on the job, off the job. But we are saying that people with insatiable curiosity about why and how IT stuff happens tend to become indispensable.
2. Adapt to new situations
One thing about working in IT will always be true: You will encounter new situations, all the time. New platforms. New hardware. New software. New co-workers. New companies, at times. New methods. New strategies. New priorities.
So, adaptability to new things is extremely important in IT settings. If you loved an old way, or were universally agreed to be the expert on it, you may find it swept away by change. You gotta be okay with that, and even welcome it to be indispensable.
3. Be a problem solver
What can an IT department offer as a constant, in addition to change? Problems. On some days, IT work is an infinite loop of problems awaiting solutions.
Indispensable employees enjoy the creativity of solving a problem. They don’t dwell on problems, and they don’t complain about being asking to solve problems they may have solved previously.
4. Offer unique perspectives
IT departments work optimally when everyone has a unique perspective. That allows the best perspectives to be chosen from the available options. It promotes maximum creativity and innovation.
As a result, the best IT employees will think carefully about all aspects of a situation or problem and offer unique perspectives on it, in a considered way.
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