If you think working in the world of tech only requires you to deal with computers and code, then you’re in for a surprise.
Since information technology (IT) personnel deal with the matter of tech itself, most people assume that IT professionals don’t have to deal with the various stakeholders including clients.
While it’s true that the IT field does require you to be equipped with the right technical skills, the job also requires having the right ‘soft skills’ in order for you to be able to collaborate with colleagues or gather specifications from clients.
Known as ‘people skills’ or ‘interpersonal skills’, these soft skills including having a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and good organisational abilities refer to the way you relate to and interact with other people.
A good IT professional should be able to understand the needs of clients when delivering tech solutions and this would require good communication skills.
When working in a tech environment, you would often have to deal with non-technical people and as such you will have to explain technical terms and processes in easy-to-understand language, especially to customers and employers. This is particularly important if you need people to support and understand your projects.
Creativity and problem-solving skills
As an IT professional, creativity and innovation in problem solving, as well as a high level of imagination are vital for coming up with unique solutions.
Problem-solving is also more than merely solving technical issues, as you would also need to give suggestions on how to enhance your existing products, procedures and services.
Teamwork and building relationships
Often times, IT projects would be handled by a team of professionals with different expertise rather than by just one individual. So, for a team of IT professionals to work together, teamwork would be essential.
This is because you will need to understand each other’s problems, ideas and suggestions for you to ensure the project outcome is a success.
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This article first appeared on The Borneo Post, published in the print version on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
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