Once you have started to work at the company, you will have access to additional information that can help you learn about your new job and department.
- Watch and learn the dynamics, politics, landmines, and general behavior of people within your IT department, and business users. This will not only help you fit into the work environment more easily, but it will also help protect you from accidently making enemies.
- Find a copy of the company’s organization chart with the goal of understanding the formal structure of your department, IT as a whole, the business areas you support, and the company in total. This way, as you are introduced to your fellow employees, you will have a general understanding of their organization level and responsibilities. If the organization chart includes employee pictures, all the better. If you’re not good at remembering faces, reviewing these pictures can be a great way of remembering who’s who.
- Gain an understanding of your IT group’s software development methodologies and key technical processes. This will allow you do things right the first time and minimize your need for rework.
- Learn about your IT group’s key systems and data flows. This will give you a better understanding of how information is processed within the company. This understanding will help provide you with an overall framework of how the internal systems are architected and how your specific project fits into IT as a whole.
- Listen and learn before your speak. As the new person on the block, I know I always wanted to immediately come up with new ideas and great suggestions. In truth, more often than not, I was off the mark because of my lack of background and knowledge of the company. I was the new guy. Definitely speak up, but not before you’re ready. As the saying goes, God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we speak.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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