So, you’ve just had an interview and landed your first job in the tech sector… Congratulations! But now what?
The pure technology group has put together some tips and experiences shared by its team members, including insight into their first steps into the tech industry and some of the things they wish they knew when first starting out.
Technology is fast-paced, endlessly innovative, financially rewarding – and you don’t even necessarily have to be ‘technical’ to make your mark. Tech employers continue to add new jobs and have a ‘demand for everything’. So whether you’re moving up from a Junior to Senior Service Desk Engineer or across from being a Business Development Manager to a Systems Engineer, you can be pretty much certain that if you keep learning digital skills, you’ll always be going places in your career.
James, Group Marketing Manager
What I wish I knew: Focus on building relationships.
“Everyone wants to make an impact nowadays. People usually go about doing this by trying come up with the next big thing or to instrument a real change that’s going to revolutionise the way your organisation works for the better, which is great. But sometimes one of the most fundamental building blocks throughout this process gets overlooked – relationships.
Within your organisation, within your team, within your personal life, it is essential to create and build upon positive relationships with your stakeholders if you want to instrument some form of success, you never know who you may need or who you will come across again at some point in the future. Always try to support your peers the best you can and make the most of their investments, time and support. This is how your colleagues and partners will remember you and will make your business stand out from the crowd. After all, it doesn’t cost anything to be a good person!”
Cliff, Group Chief Operations Officer
What I wish I knew: Specialise or generalise.
“If you’re a technical person a big decision to make early in a career in technology is whether to specialise or generalise. I’ve never met a single person who knows EVERYTHING about technology. I’ve met a few people who said they did but they lied, or their ego got in the way. The truth is that tech sector disciplines are varied, and this is much more than the logical divisions between hardware and software. Quite often developers don’t appreciate all, or even many aspects of infrastructure and, conversely, engineers don’t have a depth of experience with code. It goes deeper than this though. Within IT infrastructure there used to be ‘server engineers’ and ‘network engineers’, sometimes battling with each other. In a lot of cases, with convergence and datacentre technologies, this has reduced but considering sub-specialities on storage, virtualisation and voice it’s really difficult to have full comprehension at expert level on all aspects of infrastructure.
Choosing to be a generalist can have some advantages as a gateway to management, but this can also have the disadvantage that you become a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ but master of none. Conversely, specialising in one discipline can leave you oblivious to other aspects of the technology stack. There’s no right or wrong path – pick what you love most and be the best you can be at it.”
Simeon, Group Technology Manager
What I wish I knew: Don’t be afraid to try something new.
“Because technology is an ever-changing landscape, expertise and skills are constantly evolving and changing. Always be willing to pick up new skills where you can because you’re always going to find yourself being asked about it when you least expect it. Always aim to be flexible and challenge yourself, as new tech is always emerging, our job is to be at the forefront of it and be able to introduce these new technologies to our customers.”
Stephen, Group Systems Manager
What I wish I knew: Embrace change.
“The move towards a cloud-based environment had a much slower uptake than anticipated. We had some great tech sat waiting to be used but because of the required shift in the way we work, they were not being used immediately. These technologies include online document sharing; people still share files via email when they shouldn’t, even though tools like SharePoint can make it so much better. I love the collaborative approach and I’m still trying to get people to use it. Office 365 over the past 18 months has done a lot, not just for the technology sector but for business in general. In today's ‘world of many clouds’ the technology we use is key to enable working whilst on the move, with secure access to the data, systems and information we need at all times. O365 has enabled this for the masses, rather than limiting it to multi-national corporations. O365 is a big enabler for all people to collaborate.”
Terrence, Group Procurement Manager
What I wish I knew: The number of opportunities that are open to me.
“There are lots of different paths and so much diversity that I could have moved into, such as Technical/Sales/Finance/Project Management roles as well as Procurement. The tech industry is incredibly fast-paced and not a place for the unambitious. It’s an exciting and stimulating environment, and there are a whole range of things to interest a range of personality types. It’s amazing the level of support, training and specialisation available. Chartered industry-recognised qualifications and the opportunity to travel the world, I’ve been all over!”
Sharon, Technical Services Manager
What I wish I knew: Just how quickly technology was going to advance.
“I know over the years technology has advanced significantly, but when I first started in the tech industry it was advancing at a steady pace. It’s quite exciting really but if you stand still too long, you’ll get left behind.”
There is more opportunity to apply creativity, technical excellence and a diverse skill set than ever before. The technology sector is fast-paced, everchanging but incredibly exciting to work in. If you're looking for a new start, a fresh challenge and want to be part of something bigger, visit tptg.co.uk/careers and take a look at the variety of opportunities PTG currently has available.
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