disclaimer: This article is purely based on my experiences as an IT professional. Purely personal experiences and may not be valid for every professional.
Being in the IT industry for over two decades, I have experienced some great moments of joy and despair. Going home at 4 AM because of a crucial release, or going for a team lunch post UAT sign off or getting a kickass email from the customer are all itched on my memory forever. Every such moment was an experience.
Talking of experience, I have had experience of working with some really high-performance, intelligent and capable people as well as some really average ones. I am in touch with most of them and when I meet them, I try and understand what made them click or fail.
Over the years, I have developed my own theory on what are the critical success factors for an IT professional. Thought to share with you. These are top 4 mistakes IT professionals make in their professional lives, which literally spoils their growth prospects
Boss is only for assigning work
In my career, I have seen people who interact with their bosses or immediate managers, only when boss calls them for assigning work. Not good. Be practical, your supervisor is not only responsible for assigning work to you but also for your role, your growth as well as your increments. You don’t need to buttress your boss but you must definitely try and build a cordial relationships with him/her.
Let me share the benefits of cordial relationship with bosses. In later part of my career, I never had to put up my resume on Naukri or Monster. Why? Because whenever, I wanted to change, I would talk to one of my ex-managers and that’s it. Moreover, it saved me a lot of search time as well as enabled me in getting better or desired roles & salary, which would have been difficult otherwise.
This is just one aspect but this can help you in many other aspects as well. If you are setting up your own startup, it can help you in getting contacts and even some deals.
So the key take away is to build relationship with your bosses.
PS: This section is meant for bosses who are not out there to make your life hell. In that case, you know what do you need to do – Leave your Boss.
I love this technology, every other technology is useless
This is something I never understood. Yesterday, I was having a discussion with a senior programmer, who had resigned from his current company. We were talking about the reasons for his resignation and it was- the company had decided to move to a different technology and he was not keen to work on that. Well had it been a move from PHP to Java or .NET to Java – I could have understood. But we’re talking about moving to Angular.JS from ASP.NET/C#. So I asked him, if the company decides against it, will he continue, he said – yes.
Technology is an enabler and as an IT professional, you must be looking at technology as a tool to solve problems rather than choosing the problem to suit a technology.
If you take this kind of an approach, you will soon become a pariah or will seriously limit your opportunities in any organization as well your own growth.
I can’t interact with people who don’t understand technology
This one is my favorite. Over the years, I have got used to this situation, however. People, with high Technology quotient (TQ), believe that it’s futile to discuss anything with low TQs or zero TQs people.
We all must understand, business software applications are developed for a customer to solve their problems. We earn our salaries because customers are paying for these software applications.
This means that to be successful in this field, we must gain experience in solving customer problems. Problems can only be solved, if they are understood correctly and for that we need to interact with customers, who may not be as tech savvy as we would like them to be.
So, do we have an option of not interacting with them?
Being a loner
Do you identify with it? No, then it’s good. Many of us believe in – doing work sincerely, leaving rest to GOD. Big mistake. You will be loosing out big time. Two major drawback of being a loner:
- It’s all about visibility in corporate world, dude.If you are not seen, you are dependent on somebody to help you grow. Do you want yourself to be in that situation? You are talented and hard-working, so go out and show it. Make presentations, conduct training sessions for your team mates and so on.But make sure, it is published and known to people (Use Intranet or HR website)
- Corporate offices are becoming hotbed of politics. People manipulate, backbite or do whatever is possible to sabotage other’s careers (rather than focusing on building their own). If you are not aware of whats happening around you, you are going to be at a loss for sure…keeping abreast of office politics is important and that can only happen, if you interact – give and take policy.
These are not the only mistakes, we make as IT professionals but I chose the most important ones, as per my understanding.
Will be eager to hear about your experiences as well.
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