What immediately comes to your mind when you hear the term “IT professional”? Technocrats who spend time in front of their computers all day? Off-worlders who speak an entirely different language? Socially-inept geeks who socialize better with technology rather than people?
It’s easy to think of IT people as one or all of the above, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Perhaps it’s time we took a look at what IT folks are really like these days..
What Are Little IT Students Made Of?
The first, and most obvious, trait of the IT person is the technical know-how. In a field that deals a lot with computers systems, being comfortable with all this technology is important.
There’s another factor that ties in with tech-savvy, and that’s creativity. We may think that the world of computers is based on cold, hard logic, yet there is actually a lot of ambiguity involved. IT specialists combine technical skill with creativity to maneuver their way around this world.
E.Q.? No Kidding?
As strange as it may sound, IT people still need to possess decent people skills. It may have been less complicated to deal with computers than with other human beings in days past, but the truth is that there is now a greater amount of interaction between company personnel than ever before.
Expect companies to whip out psychometric measures (i.e. personality tests) to check out potential IT staff. So start polishing up on your E.Q. now as well as on your computer skills. As I mentioned in my other article, the good that you’ll be doing will ultimately be directed toward the human race, anyway.