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How to ‘Own Your Career’ in Technology?

The 3 things you need to do to ‘own your career’ in technology even before you take up your first job. Find out how upskilling and job training programs like HCL First Careers can put you on the right path to success.

You’ve just completed a rigorous 4-year engineering or IT degree and it’s now time to pick up a job based on your specialisation and interests. After the hectic and competitive atmosphere of the past 4 years, it’s likely that you will be lulled into a sense of security, as you bask in the afterglow of your achievements. You have worked hard throughout your academic life and are now waiting for the right job to find you.

What nobody told you is that while finding an entry-level job may look easy, there are a lot of factors you need to be prepared for to ensure you don’t block your own growth and end up behind your peers. From here on out, you will be responsible for advancing your career. You will have to drive your own growth. The earlier you start, the faster your growth trajectory. And this step begins even before you lock in your first job!

Let’s look at the 3 things you must do to own your career in tech.

  1. Write down your goals

Never rush into anything. As a young graduate, time is on your side, but you have to use it efficiently. Devote time to research jobs available to your degree and those which match your interest.

  • First, write down your expectations for growth progression.
  • Second, check the market reality. What is the average pace of growth from entry level to the next?
  • Third, note down the skills needed to get there.

The simplest way to do this research: go on job portals like LinkedIn or Glassdoor, and look up profiles of people in the tech jobs you are vying for. Note down any additional skills they have amassed recently. You can also compare entry-level job descriptions to the next tier of jobs and see what are the requirements needed to make the leap.

2. Evaluate your skill set

Now that you have seen the requirements and skills of people already working in the IT industry, jot down what skills you have and which you require right from entry level to the next.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Has your degree fully prepared you to enter the workforce?
  • What skills do you need to bridge the gap?
  • Which will be an added advantage in the market?

Prep yourself in advance before applying for the job and know where you stand in terms of market requirements. Don’t settle for the next best. Now is the time to brush up on your skills. Your best bet is looking at on-the-job training programs, like HCL First Careers, that provide assured jobs on successful completion. Such programs allow you to apply your degree knowledge on practical assignments and also groom you on soft skills, like communication and presentation skills, both for the Indian and overseas market.

3. Boost your resume

To own your career, you need to contribute to your own success. Don’t wait for opportunities to learn but seek out what is already available. Leverage your growth by signing up for career-oriented courses after graduation that will boost your holistic development. You need practical as well as communication and management skills to work in an office environment.

You have chosen to make your career in a very promising and rapidly changing field. In the 4 years you took to graduate, a lot of technology changes have taken place. Don’t miss out on the job of your choice because you were not prepared. The constant changes in the IT industry make it an exciting, challenging, and promising field. Don’t hesitate on upskilling after you graduate. Apply to certificate courses, join tech discussion groups online and keep abreast of industry news. For more hands-on and guided learning, you can enroll in paid career training programs at tech companies like HCL, which provide classroom training as well as the opportunity to work on global projects. While these programs have a stringent application process to ensure the right fit with industry needs, they give you the best and fastest route to grow your career skills.    

More so than any other market, the tech one is a constantly evolving one. Even then, most graduates make the mistake of relying solely on the skills and theory learnt in college. To be successful in the field, you will have to take ownership of your career right from the get-go. The key is to always look for ways to improve. Follow the above steps and you will secure your chances of driving your own growth in technology.

Shailesh Kamlakar Awale
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Shailesh Kamlakar Awale is a Certified Project Management Professional with 20 years of versatile experience including 10+ years in media & entertainment, currently associated with HCL Technologies. Certified transition specialist, he is well versed in Project & Program management for large and complex programs, he has been nominated for HCL’s elite “HCL’s certified leadership program” in collaboration with Harvard Business School and “Top Gun” leadership program. He may be reached at Shailesh Awale

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