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20/05/2013

3 Career Tips for the IT/Business degree student.

While it is true that a degree in IT or a business related discipline can open many doors, you need to be armed with the right tools in order to make it to the top of your industry. Here are three career tips for the budding IT or business student.

1. Stay at the top of your game.
The programming languages change first, and so do the business certifications. What you learn today in school might be out of date in the next few years. You must learn to adapt, which means either enrolling in classes as you work, or being informed about the trends in the software/programming, accountancy, finance, or the marketing field.

2. Be Practical.
A reputable software company would most likely give you a practical test as your interview. A business graduate would also be likely given a test challenge. A programmer is very much like a writer, what you see
is what you get. Just like writers are asked to submit drafts of articles before they can be hired as a writer, so too must you be prepared to actually code during the interview process.

3. Market Yourself.
While geeks-no pun intended- generally have a hard time marketing themselves, you’ll have to figure out how to be noticed. No one is going to come to you; you will have to take yourself out into the market. Remember that IT and business related courses are the most in demand courses in Kenya, and thousands of graduates are churned out in these fields. To get noticed, you have to attend industry events, participate in boot camps and company events. Perhaps, a common place to start is to network in places such as Ihub, or enter into competitions that companies sponsor, e.g. the marketing competitions that some companies conduct. This will give you a head start in the IT employment market.



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