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It’s a new decade, and smart IT professionals are entering it with their eyes wide open. It’s true that they aren’t having to worry much about job security right now — after all, they know their skills are in high demand. But IT professionals who are realistic about their skills and the future also know they can’t afford to be complacent. Technology is simply evolving too rapidly for anyone to take their future security for granted, and the fact is, today’s hottest skills may not even be relevant five years from now.
So, what’s the answer? There are several answers, actually, and you’ll find them in the new ExitCertified whitepaper, “Future-Proof Your IT Career: How to Stay Relevant in a Field of Constant Change,” available as a free download here.
Here’s just a highlight of insights the whitepaper covers:
Six Areas of Nonstop Innovation
If you’ve been keeping up with technology, your position is likely secure, especially if you’re enabling your company’s presence in the cloud. But according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, there are almost certainly some gaps in your skillset.
The report identifies 12 major technologies that global companies from a wide range of industry sectors will embrace in the next two years, and the list includes big data analytics, internet of things, machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and blockchain. All these technologies are constantly evolving, as is everything connected to the cloud, and that signals some future vulnerabilities for IT professionals who have skill gaps. In “Future-Proof Your IT Career” we’ve distilled those technologies into six key areas that are demanding enhanced skills right now.
Six Strategies for Getting Your Employer to Pay for Training
You might be perfectly happy in your current job. Or, you might be thinking about moving up or moving on. Either way, upgrading your skills is beneficial. With new skills, you’ll be better positioned to assume a leadership role in your organization, but, should you decide it’s time for a change, those new skills will also make you substantially more attractive to prospective employers. Regardless of your career goals, you want your company to support you in upgrading your skills, and in ExitCertified’s “Future-Proof Your IT Career,” you’ll find six clear strategies for making that happen. Any of them could help in your campaign to improve your credentials.
Four Key Times to Pursue Certification
Individual courses can do a lot to build your skills. And pursuing a certification might require more training than you feel able to take on right now. But consider this: There are many opportunities that require external validation of your knowledge — the kind of external validation that’s available only through certification. These opportunities may deliver a higher salary from your current employer, or they may attract an offer from someone else. In any case, the prestige that comes with a recognized certification is something you’ll never regret. In “Future-Proof Your IT Career” we spell out four clear situations that present good opportunities for you to pursue certification.
Understanding the Next Steps
With so much upheaval in the IT industry and the economy at large, one thing is clear: IT professionals have to take charge of their own career paths. And that means abandoning the old-school attitude that training is a once-in-a-while thing. Serious IT professionals now understand that they are going to be lifelong learners, as the nonstop pace of digital innovation has made it mandatory. The ExitCertified whitepaper Future-Proof Your IT Career: How to Stay Relevant in a Field of Constant Change,” is here to help you plan your own route to ongoing job security, advancement and satisfaction.
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