IT Career Progression

How to Develop IT Career Progression & Work Values

We have many motives for choosing a particular IT role. Some follow the money, while others are drawn to a position due to work flexibility and remote mobility.

Nowadays, there is no straight and narrow career path that suits all. And throughout your life, your priorities will change, so what suited you last year may not catch your eye in five years’ time.

Based on last year’s itContracting survey, over 75% surveyed were happy or at least adequately content in their position, yet a staggering 51 per cent said they weren’t experiencing career progression in their current IT job role.

Recent addition to the itContracting team, Joanne Harrington has amassed over six years’ experience in the recruitment and HR industry, she is also currently an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Do you want to know how to progress yourself professionally? Here’s what Joanne has to say about how you can take your first steps along your career path.

Boosting your career development lies with you initially, and if you’re not seeing the growth you expected in your job role, it’s time to set your fundamental career goals:

  • Where do you want to be in the next five years?
  • How are you going to get there?

The most organic way to progress is to engage in training sessions or certifications. Similar to career progression, further certifications, qualifications matched with a clear career progression roadmaps are what most companies pride themselves on.

If you’re considering a new IT role, check the company’s website before interviewing. The ‘About Us’ stories in particular, will showcase various career paths over the years. However, this is not always the case but is always worth asking about career progression during your interview.

If you’re currently in the role you want to develop, and you have started your certifications road map, a promotion might be worth considering. Firstly, it is always good to ask for additional responsibility. Put your hand up for that last minute project, or take the unfavourable evening shift that might need to be covered for your global branch counterparts.

A mark of a good employer is that they will encourage your promotion path; your line manager should assist you to get where you need to go. And in return, you should be ready to take on mentorship of a new comer, or a junior graduate colleague. Career progression should be a self-sustainable cycle within a work environment, which involves both upstream and down-stream knowledge transfer and support.

What about Job Quality & Values?

Job quality counts as one of the most important factors in guiding someone’s choice when deciding their next move. The quality of our job and how much we value it, has a huge impact on our well being. As per the CIPD, there are six dimensions in which we measure job quality:

  • Pay + other rewards
  • Terms of employment
  • Health and safety
  • Work life balance
  • Representation + voice
  • Intrinsic characteristics

As your career values represent the beliefs you have about what is important in your work, you should identify them before looking for your next job. This will help create clarity around accepting an offer, based on whether the position and work environment will mirror your beliefs. Here are a number of ways to identify job quality and work values:

  1. Identify your professional hero? Who inspires you in your line of work?
  2. Ask your close family/friends for outsider perspective – ask them what they think is important to you and your career.
  3. Remember what you enjoyed in your last role/what improvements would you have made?
  4. Explore job complexity, skills used, and opportunities to progress and develop in your current role.

If you’re interested in speaking with Joanne, why not drop her an email today? In the meantime, stop by our Jobs Page to see itContracting’s latest career opportunities in both permanent and contracting IT roles.


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