Desire Information Technology (IT) career growth? How hungry are you for knowledge? Do you want the power of knowledge? Is learning fun for you? Jidaw’s popular slogan is: More Knowledge, More Power. You simply need to have a passion for knowledge to succeed in ICT.
And the knowledge you need cannot be limited to the classroom. Open your mind and yourself up to the diverse learning opportunities out there. Invest in knowledge growth that will supplement and reinforce what is taught in your formal classroom setting. It is particularly important that students learn to independently develop their practical skills. Jidaw’s career seminars expose opportunities that exist through training, certification, books and the Internet.
Popular and flexible options you could explore are training and certification – Vendor or Vendor-neutral – MCTS/MCITP, CCNA, A+, Cisco, HP, Sun, Microsoft, CompTIA. Make sure you’re strong in the fundamentals. Areas of interest include e-business, Networking, Technical Support, Engineering, Programming, Internet / Web programming, Mobile technology, database, telecommunications and technical support.
At Jidaw we also encourage new entrants and IT professionals to also consider important areas that cut across all disciplines in ICT are project management and information security. Work in ICT often requires work on projects. Enhance your value and widen your options by developing capabilities to manage projects efficiently and effectively from start to finish. Information security is becoming more important because of the growing threats associated with the use of ICT.
Are you really a competent network administrator if you can’t secure your network from external attacks? All areas can be used to add value. With purpose you can make impact in your area of interest. We are often amused at Jidaw (Mastercomputers) when asked to recommend the “best field in ICT”. Don’t make me laugh.
The Bigger Purpose
Your learning should be connected to opening your mind and adding value. As you invest think farther than the certificate; concentrate more on your ability to contribute. Jidaw insists that you connect learning with your bigger purpose. You have to pass exams to get your degree, but don’t be too exam-focused. Don’t become a master-crammer is our recommendation at Jidaw. Make sure you learn in the process. When studying for a certificate or degree think critically about how you can employ such knowledge to create opportunity and solve problems. Study to pass your exams but don’t make passing the exam your only concern.
Are you adding value, or adding cost? It is not about noise or motion. Jidaw asks: is your value more than your cost? Knowledge makes meaning when you add value to yourself and those around you. Otherwise what is the point? Do your new web development skills come in handy in enhancing your company’s web presence? At Jidaw we encourage students to appreciate that their contributions are more important than their qualifications. It is your ability to solve real problems that makes you marketable.
Learning never stops in technology. In the ICT field you can’t afford to become a dinosaur. Be creative in learning – inside and outside the classroom. Jidaw recommends that you make sure learning is value driven. Lifelong Hunger for Knowledge, Drop the Exam Focus. Keep learning, learning is for life – as Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc put it: “stay hungry, stay foolish”.