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6 Effective Ways to Jumpstart Your Tech Career in 2016

New years resolutions for you and your business

11Jan

It is all too easy to become so busy with your current career in tech that you completely ignore thinking about how you will really get it going for the future. This is part of the reason why some people pay for training courses and coaching sessions, as it gives them some time from their too-busy day to think about where they will go career-wise in the New Year and more distant future. You can start small by penciling in an hour per week or month to focus on and better your tech career. Consider these other ways in you can jump start your career in technology.

1. Come Up with and Commit to a Future Career Goal

The old adage that you cannot get where you need to go if you do not know where you are going in the first place is still true. In order to kick start your tech career, you will first have to come up with, and most importantly commit to, a future career goal. Setting the goal is the easiest part, since it requires serious courage and staying power to really stick with the plan. You can help yourself by doing these things:

• Relay your goals to other people around you — just doing this increases your likelihood of actually doing the things you need to in order to reach the goal.
• Write down the goal — when you put something down on paper, you transform it from an abstract goal to a more tangible one.
• Make plans to realize the goal — one small and manageable step at a time will help you get from here to there. It is far more difficult to take giant leaps than it is to take the baby steps.

2. Gain a Basic Understanding of Databases

Another resume builder for your burgeoning tech career is the topic of databases. You can find everything you need online without any difficulty in order to build up your own MySQL database on a Linux server. If you learned how to program in PHP, then you will find it very easy to get into your new database and manipulate the data, too. Another easier method of accessing and performing operations on the MySQL database is with shell scripts.

3. Join an Open Source Project

A project that may both help you to gain some valuable tech world contacts and also to put these new skills you learn to use is an open source project. These abound on the Internet. Working on such an open source project will show you the useful ways such technologies that you are learning can be employed on a real-world computer development level. This also looks terrific on a resume.

4. Read About Network Security Basics

Another good task you can undertake to further your tech career is to pick up an eBook on the basics of network security. There is no need to become a master of the subject for it to help you, unless you plan on making the transition to a cyber security career. It goes without saying that every technology professional needs to possess a basic level of comprehension of network security, more so now than ever before these days. Anymore, this is as important as having business insurance

5. Learn a Computer Language

What better way could there be to improve a tech career than by learning something new about technology. Picking up a computer language will not only make your resume look more impressive for future opportunities, it will also literally make you more impressive. PHP is among the simplest to pick up and it runs efficiently and effectively on Linux servers. Java is another popular computer programming language. If you feel more ambitious, you could pick up C++, which is akin to the Latin root basis of all present computer programming languages. Another valuable skill is Hadoop reporting. While Excel Hadoop reporting is not technically a computer language, it is just as technical and perhaps, equally as profitable as a resume item.  Resources online abound to help you with these tasks. 

6. Build a Professional Looking Website

If you do not already have your own professional looking website, now is the time and this is the year to make it happen. Having such a website is a sharp two-edged sword, as you can not only demonstrate that you have the capabilities to build a professional website, but you also have a marketing and branding platform for yourself and the future of your tech career with such a website.

If you have learned how to use Linux and built a MySQL database, you can utilize Apache Tomcat for the application server and the PHP language you picked up from an earlier step to code applications for your website. By ensuring that it appears professional, or putting up an application with real utility on it, this will impress potential employers and job contacts greatly.

While you are doing as many of these recommendations as you can, it is important to not neglect your network of professional contacts. You should have a sufficiently strong network of people to help you with introductions, and enough of them at the company where you work already. 

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