Change is a constant in the IT world. Keeping up with the latest trends is easy for those knee-deep in big data, but for those assigned to more mundane maintenance tasks, certain changes could easily make those job functions obsolete.
It’s no wonder, then, that veteran IT talent are finding ways to reinvent themselves and stay ahead of the curve. Revamping an IT career comes with its fair share of risks, but also offers plenty of financial and mental rewards for those who see it through.
New Tech, Meet Legacy Skills
While IT companies are always hungry for new talent, they also appreciate those who can bring longevity and experience to the table. IT veterans can utilize the skills they’ve learned early on in their careers and apply them to emerging technologies. These experienced IT workers can draw parallels to what they’ve done previously and leverage their strengths into modern initiatives.
Code Is the Word
For IT veterans stuck in low-demand positions like database and network administration, there’s only one thing to do — start coding. Software continues to dominate the IT arena, and those who are most involved in creating that software — from software engineers and architects to UX/UI designers — are reaping the most benefits.
Many IT veterans who’ve made their bones in the more mundane areas of IT are now attending programming boot camps in droves. By getting a crash course in coding the latest in-demand languages, IT veterans can switch gears and move on to more lucrative work.
Transitioning to Developer Advocacy
While coding offers one path towards a newly revamped IT career, developer advocacy offers another path. Developer advocates (or evangelists, as they are sometimes known) take on both public and internal-facing roles to guide various software projects. Having a basic foundation in coding along with solid communication and community-building skills can make IT veterans valuable assets.
Developing Skills and Making Contacts
IT managers cite teamwork and interpersonal skills as the most difficult-to-find traits in job candidates, according to a recent Modis survey. IT workers with both skills and contacts have the upper hand when it comes to transitioning elsewhere. For those who are a bit rusty in their networking skills, there are plenty of opportunities to develop, whether through entering a certification program or attending meetups and conferences.
Knowing When It’s Time to Let Go
It can be difficult for IT veterans to switch gears while remaining in their current careers. It’s likely that veterans will have to take the risk of going at it alone, especially if their current employer isn’t on board with the reinvention process.
Revamping an IT career takes time and effort, but the rewards can be immense for those willing to take the risk. Contact us at eXemplify today and learn how our IT staffing services can benefit your organization.