4 Dec

Upgrade Your Skills for a Higher-Level IT Job Title

Posted by John Brandwagt

Do you already have an IT job but are hoping to land a new position or get a promotion? If you’ve been passed over for a promotion, you might wonder if your skills are holding you back.

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They could be! IT is a field constantly in flux. The rate of technological change means you need to be learning almost constantly in order to stay on top of things. If you want that higher-level IT job title, upgrading your skills may be a good place to start.

Security Skills

Every business needs an IT security specialist. The news reports of breaches only cement this fact. As a result, security specialists and IT workers with security skills are in demand in virtually every industry.

As businesses continue to increase their security measures, they’ll likely adopt more sophisticated security systems as well. If your security skills are lacking, think about improving them. They could be the key to landing a better IT job.

Mobile App Development Skills

It may seem like there’s an app for everything these days but the market remains hot. As long as this remains true, it’s likely mobile app developers will be in demand across a number of industries.

As the world increasingly relies on mobile, apps will become even more commonplace. More people will rely on the mobile app developer. If you upgrade your skills in this area now, you could end up in a higher-level IT job in the near future as you lead your own development team.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Looking for a new and exciting field in the world of IT? Take a look at what’s going on in the realm of virtual reality and augmented reality. While these technologies have long remained on the fringes, they’re improving by leaps and bounds.

Some marketing campaigns are already beginning to incorporate augmented reality. More people are interested in exploring the commercial applications of AR and VR. Upgrading and expanding your skills in this area could put you at the forefront of some exciting developments over the next few years.

Agile Development

“Agile” is a buzzword in most IT departments right now. While some people think it’s a fad, agile development is a paradigm. As the way technology is used and consumed in society has changed, the development cycle has had to adjust to these new realities. The agile paradigm emphasizes adaptability and flexibility.

Learning to work within the agile paradigm could serve you well if you’re looking for a higher-level IT job title. If your organization hasn’t embraced agile just yet, you may find yourself at the head of the implementation team. These skills could also land you a job with another company.

Communication Skills

If you’re looking for a higher-level IT job title, you’re probably thinking about the hard skills you need to upgrade. Have you thought much about your soft skills?

Communication is one of the most important soft skills. Without it, you won’t get far. You could be the most talented developer but without the ability to communicate your ideas, you’d likely get stuck on the bottom rung of the corporate ladder.

If you really want to land a higher-level IT job title, consider upgrading your communication skills. While you still need the technical skills to do the work, communication skills will help you lead and succeed.

If you’re wondering about what kinds of IT jobs are out there, consider talking to a technical recruiter. They can help you find your dream job.


Topics: IT Skills

John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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