8 ways to stay relevant and advance your IT career

By Rich Hein, CIO |  IT Management, career advice

Along with staying current via the news, attend classes, boot camps and conferences. Books can provide you with additional education, but classes are more well-rounded and will carry more weight. You can't really add, "I read a book" to your resume. Conferences not only expose you to updated information, they also help you to meet leading authorities and vendors in the IT industry as well as network with your IT peers.

Here are a few websites that provide links to industry conferences and events.

Conference Alerts(Conference Hound(Camp Conferences

You can often find classes listed in your local newspapers, as well as on college websites and even social networking sites.

Certifications

As a recent CIO article pointed out, "certifications indicate to employers that you take your job seriously and that you are knowledgable on the respective technology." By selectively choosing certifications applicable to your area of expertise, you can remain up to date and continue to add to your list of qualifications.

Related Story: How CIOs Can Stay Relevant in the Future

Online User Communities

Online user communities have long been a useful tool for the IT professionals. Back when the Web was in its infancy, many technology professionals used them to learn about the latest techniques and tools for developing websites. Now they have morphed from simple Usenet groups to full-fledged online communities, with topics ranging from database development to cooking to consumer electronics.

Particularly useful for developers seeking advice from their peers, user communities are also an effective way to stay current with the latest trends and techniques for your particular area of IT expertise. Most communities have discussion forums, FAQs, knowledge bases and some even have job boards and resume posting services. With the variety of topics covered by the myriad of communities, they are a useful tool that will help you stay current in your field. Here's a few to check out:

The Oracle Technology Network Community

Microsoft

Java


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