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Why IT professionals need soft skills

Laura Pearce

Whether you’re fluent in Java or PHP literate, we all know that IT roles require you to have certain technical skills. But while you need these to do your job, there are other soft skills that can also help with your career. Here are four ways you can upskill and help yourself to reach your full potential:

1 - Be clear

IT jargon can overwhelm people that don’t work within the sector. If you’re able to articulate well, verbally and non-verbally, you’re already set up for success. Explaining technical issues in layman’s terms, means your colleagues and clients will always come away fully understanding what’s been discussed, instead of walking away with a confused expression on their face. More importantly, they’ll remember the experience and be sure to work with you again in the future.

2 - Shepherd or sheep?

You need to manage your time and workload in most work places. Within the IT sector, more often than not you’ll be working on project-based tasks. Being able to visualise the best route a project should take, requires not only vision but great project management skills. If you can learn how to visualise a project effectively, this will significantly aid how quickly and efficiently you can reach those projects’ goals.

3 - Share your know how

IT professionals all have technical skills, some areas you’ll be an expert and others you may have less experience. Using a skills-based approach means you can always get the best person to do the task. Working together at these points, you’ll be able to learn from your colleagues and develop your skills in the areas you’re not so confident in. Knowledge sharing is a great way to push your career forward and keep your skills up-to-date, and help others at the same time.

4 - There’s no ‘I’ in team

Sometimes it can be hard to let others in on a project you’ve been working on for a long time. By sharing work with your colleagues, you’ll often get a fresh perspective. Moreover, it can avoid tunnel vision and help to build your work relationships. Why not try a brainstorming session? This type of approach often means no stone will be left unturned.

There you have it. Now you understand the skills you need to excel your IT career. If you think you’ve got these areas covered or you’re willing to work on them, either way, you can check out our latest opportunities here and apply today!

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