There is a certain advantage gained from the exposure of working in different IT projects all having different business mandates. There is an even greater gain in perspective when working at different job capacities. How does being a project manager for one assignment differ from being a systems analyst or a business analyst for another?
As an IT “geek” passionate about all things IT, what did having the passion for computers in the 90’s, with floppy disks and parallel hard drives, lead to today career-wise? The question is especially appropriate now with storage is moving towards a cloud computing model.
The answer to all of the questions asked may be summarized with two words: passion and adaptability. Surviving a career in IT requires a certain level of passion that drives us to solve business problems by applying tools that happens to be based on technology.
Having passion is not indigenous to IT, for it is applicable in other career streams. The kind of passion that is unique in IT is the variety of solutions available to solve problems. The solution can depend on creativity, or it can depend on the technology that happens to be available. The technology available at any time is constantly changing. This availability often becomes more complex at first, and may alter previously implemented solutions.
This can make IT extremely challenging.
The single most important inflection point in my IT career was getting the opportunity to work in non-technical areas, such as in budgeting, project planning, project managing, and business analysis. The variety of work is an important aspect of getting through daily tasks. Each day can be different!
Adaptability is a trait that is often tested in IT work. Given that constant change in technology is certain, IT workers need to adapt not only to the tasks at hand but in the availability of a changing set of solutions.
For those who are starting out in IT, does this mean constant change will lead to a short-lived career?
Technology may rapidly evolve, but is variation is like music. As music changes, it does not get re-invented. Music is re-created like a variation on an original theme. Similarly, in technology, mainframes several decades ago are making a come-back: cloud computing is the modern-day version of mainframes.
My passion in technology in the past directed me to choose a career in IT. The rapid developments in cloud computing, big data – all the topics covered on blog idol – continue to make growing a career in IT very much worthwhile.