10 Mistakes that Could Doom Your Career as an IT Pro

10 Mistakes that Could Doom Your Career as an IT Pro
Randy Muller, MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH

“10. Lack of Soft/People Skills.

“A mistake many IT Professionals make is to assume that their IT skills will see to their advancement and not their Soft or People skills. We all know of an IT Pro who is fantastic at their job – one who can write code faster than you make a martini. But there are times when it is the Martini maker who is advanced ahead of the programmer. This is due to soft skills. IT Pros who can talk in non-geek speak and who can interact with end users and customers who will be in demand. If you want to move into the C-level rank, you need to get involved in other areas that will emphasis your people skills in addition to your techie skills.”

As a Martini maker and IT Pro, I am not sure how I feel about this comment…

Also, does the converse apply?

2 thoughts on “10 Mistakes that Could Doom Your Career as an IT Pro

  1. I think the same thing applies in science. While the ability to do good research is always going to be the most important ability, effective communication is a close second and the ability to network effectively will also help your career a lot. I’m decent at the first two, but need a fair amount of work on the third, so it’s always something bouncing around in the back of my mind.

  2. If career advancement is a function of IT skills * Martini skills, you should be CEO of Apple AND Google, at the same time.

    If only he’d mentioned taste in music, too….

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