Madeleine is responsible for the FDM Group graduate recruitment teams. As well as overseeing recruitment operations for FDM Group’s graduate programme worldwide, Madeleine also organises all corporate career presentations, workshops, seminars and graduate fairs.
With so much focus on the current job market in the media, what seems to have been forgotten about are the tips and advice to help those of you who have secured yourself a job, begin to excel and progress.
Starting your career can be a daunting process, but you’ve taken the first (and perhaps most difficult) step and achieved your first job as an IT consultant; the next challenge is how you can gradually advance to a more senior role.
Become an expert.
Social media plays an important role in any business, and with an IT Consultant position this awareness of technology and its benefits is even more relevant. Social networking is also a fantastic platform to link with news that is relevant to the sector by following IT magazines and technology updates on sites such as Twitter.
This year’s annual technology market survey conducted by Eurocom Worldwide highlighted that online media is the favoured medium for senior executives to source technology news. This is a clear indication that by keeping up to date with news in your sector and becoming an expert in your field, you will be able to build client trust and confidence. This will demonstrate that you are the most professional and competent person for the job.
FDM Group, the UK’s largest IT graduate employer, recognises this enthusiasm amongst graduates and the emerging technological generation through launching over 3,000 graduate careers to date.
Harness any opportunities available to you and show enthusiasm for career advancement to achieve your goals.
As a recent graduate and a new IT Consultant, there isn’t a better time to build on your thirst for learning as a means to fully understand your sector and move up the career ladder. For example, last year FDM launched the FDM Master Class Programme which combines an MSc with commercial IT experience. By developing your skills and knowledge of practical problems alongside industry experience you will be well on the way to a lasting and fruitful IT career.
To make an impression as a new IT Consultant, networking is essential. Have your objectives in mind and aim to find out everything you can about your position and how the company works. By making yourself known to people in the technology industry, confidence in your ability will grow and building strong relationships with clients can prove useful as you move up in your career.
So the three main tips to help you shine as a new IT Consultant are to make sure you read-up, network and seize every opportunity throughout the first steps of your career.
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