June 17, 2020 3 Top Skill Sets for A Career in Information Technology

By Tom Wilde

With remote working becoming the new normal due to the Covid-19 lockdown, many people are considering a career in information technology. Information technology has many avenues to explore and almost every business in the world needs IT professionals in its ranks to look after its computer systems, IT security and networks. There are several different opportunities available for individuals wanting to pursue a career in the IT industry. For those already working in the industry with the opportunity to further their career in information technology, it may be as simple as completing a few certificate courses. Others will need to decide to actively change course and pursue a career in IT. How do you start a career in information technology?

AES Global Recruitment explores 3 skills you need to pursue a career in information technology.

Computer literacy

Computer literacy is a minimum requirement in today’s working environment. The digital workspace keeps growing and there is no longer room for ignorance when it comes to basic technological skills. Keeping up with the latest tech trends, being able to understand different technologies and how to implement them is imperative for anyone who wishes to remain relevant in today’s job market and competitive career landscape. If you wish to apply for a job in the IT, corporate or business industries you will need to have above-average technological skills and should look into upskilling if you want to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Below are some important, albeit basic, tech skills:

  • Social media – Businesses and customers are online using various platforms. This has become a central area of communication and familiarising yourself with platforms like Facebook, Linked and Instagram is important.
  • Excel (data organising software)– Knowing how to create spreadsheets and use the formulas in Excel or Google sheets is an essential skill. These platforms offer astounding data capturing and analysing capabilities.
  • Presentation skills – PowerPoint, Google Slides or other presentation software is essential for business. Presentation skills are an important aspect of any role today especially when it comes to presenting ideas and reports on behalf of your organisation in a visually professional and pleasing manner.
  • Word processing – Good typing skills and formatting in Microsoft Word or Google Docs is another basic skill set you simply must master.
  • Touch typing and keyboard shortcuts – Two fantastic skills to have. These enable you to type faster and get through your tasks more efficiently.
  • Emailing – Email etiquette is very important for professional businesses and email is also the main communication method of most professionals.

Soft skills

Soft skills are the non-technical and rather personality-based traits we have. Soft skills are essential to any job role which is not autonomous. Most careers aren’t autonomous and a career in information technology is no exception. You will be working with a team of people and it is important for employers that their new hires fit and work well within their company’s culture. Take a look at these soft skills which are sought after in a career in information technology: Communication – The ability to communicate effectively. As a team member or leader, you have to be able to listen and relay instructions or information clearly and concisely. Self-motivation – Being self-motivated at work means you don’t need someone driving you to get your work done. This is very important because employees who lack this trait can be a significant drain on company time and resources. Leadership – This is an all-round quality that employers look out for. It encompasses a positive attitude, motivating yourself and others, problem-solving, communicating effectively and decisiveness. Teamwork – According to Wikijob, “Working in a team towards a common goal requires the intuition and interpersonal acumen to know when to be a leader and when to be a listener.” “Good team players are perceptive, as well as receptive to the needs and responsibilities of others.” Problem-solving – The ability to think objectively and resolve problems that may arise in the workplace with a calm demeanour is valuable in an industry like information technology.

IT Certification

Being certified and qualifying through reputable institutions is essential for a career in information technology. These courses plus a couple of years of experience can take you a long way in IT and open doors to positions which pay better and help you learn new skills fast. Here’s a list of some of the top trending information technology courses for 2020:

  1. Python
  2. React (web)
  3. Angular
  4. Machine learning
  5. Docker
  6. Django
  7. CompTIA
  8. Amazon AWS
  9. Deep learning
  10. React Native (mobile)

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