Do you ever get absolutely OBSESSED with something you’re working on, so much that you don’t eat, drink, or go home before the sun goes down? It’s been that kind of month but I think I’m pretty close to completion on this one. I’m lucky that I love what I do and it gives me such satisfaction, but it does get in the way of my hobbies like blogging!
I have recently been jotting things down in a OneNote for our interns who are new-to-IT that will help them succeed, so I wanted to share that here for anyone else who might be starting out in this field in any capacity. It may seem like a lot, but these are all things you can work on one at a time until you’re basically invincible.
The key ways to make it in IT:
- Don’t drag your feet when faced with a problem you don’t know how to fix. We all know the answers are on google.
- Slow down and become obsessed with the details – a tiny mistake can have big consequences in IT.
- Don’t ask the same question twice – write the answer down even if you’re not sure you’ll need it again (you probably will).
- When you encounter a problem, don’t just give it a bandaid. Think of how you can stop it from happening again.
- Follow best practices, some of them exist because of another person’s mistake so don’t repeat those if possible.
- Take any task offered to you and treat it with priority and importance even if it’s boring.
- Find a mentor who will share their wisdom with you.
- Ask a lot of questions. It’s ok to ask what you think are ‘dumb’ questions as long as you aren’t asking the same ones over and over again.
- Leave the drama at home and keep a professional distance from coworkers with some exceptions. Do share your hobbies and common activities. Don’t share family drama or money problems/brags. Don’t talk down about others, but don’t be fake. It’s ok to share a laugh over a common complaint once in a while but don’t make a habit of complaining.
I hope those are helpful if you’re in your first IT job, looking, or if you’re a seasoned veteran who wants to move to the next level.