In any career path (but especially in IT), you have two options: You could sit back, do what you’re told, and fly under the radar. Or, you could actively look for new ideas that would help the company. Which option do you think is better for your career?
Now, if you work in IT, you have an incredible opportunity. You understand both technology and the business! How many others can say that? You’re in a prime position to identify new tech trends that could both help your company, and make you look good in the process.
If you need some tips on where to start, check out this article on CIO.com entitled, “5 hot tech projects to boost your IT career.” It gives some great project ideas that address problems many companies currently deal with, and are just waiting for “IT heroes” to step up and provide solutions.
Here’s a great example
If you want an example of a proactive IT professional who actively sought out ways to improve his company with technology, read this story. In fact, he handled the first three projects covered in the article by himself: He brought company data under control, built mobile apps, and found a way to create fast, clean code. It’s a great example of what can happen when you combine great ideas with the right tools.