How to Make Yourself Relevant in Today‘s Information Technology World
May 08, 2012 9:18 PM
A while ago, I was asked by the editor of Von Neumann Magazine, a computer
science undergraduate yearly magazine from Lautech, to write a short article
How to Make Yourself Relevant in Today‘s Information Technology World.
permission of the editor, I have decided to publish the article on this blog.
Computing has changed drastically from what it used to be some years ago, thanks
to the efforts of never relenting researchers, programmers and developers, engineers,
IT professionals and even the advent of the internet. What seem impossible decades
ago are now very much possible and are being implemented.
Now, the big question is how can you level up as a student and be relevant in today’s
dynamic information technology world? In which new technologies are being developed
every day, older technologies are being updated constantly and the business world
is quite challenging and competitive.
As students and IT professionals in the making, we often have our strong points,
these are areas of computing where we are most comfortable and thrive better. Try
and discover these areas, develop yourself in them, create strong passion and be
good at them. It may be programming, database design and administration, networking
and other areas as the case may be.
Set goals on a daily basis, as students you are bundled with a lot of activities
and task, the way to be productive is by setting goals daily, weekly, monthly and
even yearly through the listing of all the tasks you wish to accomplish and prioritize
them. Try as much as you can to achieve your goals in a day without wasting time
and procrastinating and at the end of each day review your goals and set the ones
for the next day
Social networks when used efficiently and appropriate can be of great benefits to
students. Network with gurus and experts in your chosen field, ask them question
politely, follow their activities, read blog posts and make a lot of researches.
Lastly, be informed. Don’t be oblivion; regularly update your skills and knowledge,
because the Information Technology field is constantly changing, and the enormity
of technologies to know can be overwhelming, thus, if care is not taken, an IT expert
faces the risk of becoming obsolete within a short period of time.