How to Reboot a Career in IT

Posted: 26 Oct 2017

How to Reboot a Career in IT

Whether you’ve taken a hiatus from work or are simply looking to revitalise your career, refreshing your knowledge in order to ensure that you get yourself the job you deserve is of paramount importance.

Kick-starting a revamp of a career can sometimes seem daunting, especially if you are unsure of where to start. Creating a strategy to make sure that you are aware of what is needed from you will allow you to plan the upcoming months. However, with the ever-changing with the world of technology, it can be difficult to forecast what the future world of IT will be like.

Here at Eolas Recruitment, we are one of Ireland’s leading specialist IT recruitment agencies. Thanks to the vast knowledge of our expert consultants, we can provide you with the well-deserved confidence boost that you may need when it comes to applying for jobs. Below, check out the list of vital information that we have compiled that will help you successfully revamp your career.

1- Apply your wealth of knowledge that you have formed since starting your career

With the ever-changing nature of the IT industry, your skills and knowledge of up-to-date technology may be dated, especially if you are returning to the industry after a break. However, your experience working with a variety of different software and programs can actually work to your benefit.

Although you may feel as though you are not well-versed in new programs or applications, your previous experience, whether it be using or developing software, is a transferable skill that will be looked upon favourably by new employers. PK Agarwal, Regional Dean of Northeastern University-Silicon Valley, states that: “With people who cut their teeth in the ’70s, ’80s, or early ’90s, their education is much broader, and mental pickup is not that difficult”.

These legacy skills often require a more in-depth knowledge, so proving your understanding of the industry, no matter how out-dated you may feel it could be, is very important. However, it is equally as important to acknowledge that technology has evolved, so you should also be able to show potential employers that you have a willingness to learn.

2- Learn how to adapt your skill set

A vital step in revamping your IT career is looking at how you can evolve your skill set. Take some time to look through previous job roles, writing down your strengths and how you think they could be applied in a new role. Referencing new technologies, you can draw comparisons between things that are happening now in IT and your previous positions. This will allow you to decide which sector of the industry you feel as though you would best fit with, and will allow you to apply your skills to this sector.

This is a hugely beneficial step when it comes to rewriting your CV, as it will allow you to update and modernise it for new applications. If you feel as though you need some additional help deciding where to start writing, we have a helpful guide that can be found here.

3- Look ahead to your future goals

One of the benefits of revamping your career is that you can look at it as a clean slate. No matter what the reason for your overhaul is, you can start looking towards the future, writing a list of goals and career aspirations to allow you to form a plan on how to get there. This is important as it provides you something to aim towards, giving you more motivation to make the revamp work.

When deciding on an end goal, you should also give yourself achievable checkpoints to ensure that you stay on track. One of the reasons for this is that it will allow you to track your process, and each small step will seem more feasible.

4- Be realistic

After taking some time out from work, you may be eager to find a new position. However, being realistic with the amount of time it may take should always be considered. Although there is an increase in demand for IT professionals, there are also more people looking for jobs than ever. Therefore, finding your perfect position may take some time and patience.

If you’ve found the above guide helpful, we would love you to get in touch with us on our social channels. We respect that rebooting a career can be an intimidating process, but here at Eolas Recruitment, we specialise finding candidates for a wide variety of high-profile clients. We have a wide range of jobs available online, including .net developer jobs in Ireland for you to take a look at today. However, if you’re finding the job hunting process challenging, get in touch with one of our consultants via the contact us page, which can be found here or give us a call on 012866666.

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