One of the most difficult challenges is that Technology changes every 4-6 months now. This is in stark contrast to when I first started. Years ago you could learn one type of networking and be set for your career. Nowadays, you have to be able to learn a new Tech in just a few weeks and be able to roll it out, present it and document it yourself so other team members can benefit and leverage what you've done. Hopefully they are doing the same for you.
Corley recommends the following next steps:
Hi Alexander, I agree with Gail. There is lot of traction when it comes to IT. Technologies for which you would have put lot of efforts would go dormant very fast. Change is something that we should embrace & happily accept. i am fortunate to have almost all online learning portals available for free, here in Cisco. I make sure i study on a daily basis, what is relevant for today's market & what would be relevant for the near future. This is do, in Lynda, Udemy, INE, Safari Books & degreed, all of which are available for free, for us, here in Cisco. I am currently reading on ACI, SD-Access & DNAC, which are the hot selling SDN Cisco products. Once i am fairly confident, i would try and search for a project to apply my knowledge to expand on the same. I believe this is only way we can sustain in this fast changing world of IT. If we don't adapt to change then that will be the toughest challenge for surviving in this industry.
Hi Alexander, thanks for your question. I have had a long career in Information Technology. By far my biggest challenge has been keeping up with he constantly changing IT landscape. The way I met the challenge was to constantly be in learning mode. Many companies offer courses and certifications and I have always been interested in taking advantage of free programs like that. Also, I researched on my own to keep learning. I earned my Master of Science about 5 years after I finished my under grad degree, and have kept learning. So be ready and open to continuing education, you will need that. Good luck in your career!