Training For Industry-Specific Knowledge
Last year, IT consultant firm Robert Half Technology (RHT) polled 1,400 chief information officers (CIOs) from U.S. companies, asking If two candidates interviewing for an IT position had similar skills, what additional qualification would you find the most valuable? A plurality of respondents 43 percent did not answer certification in a relevant technology, soft skills, an IT-related undergraduate degree or an MBA but rather industry-specific experience. This is the most frustrating attribute you cant get without already having it, the Catch-22 any professional in a developing career likely will face. The question for IT professionals is: How do you train for industry-specific knowledge? Whether its health care, finance, manufacturing, government, defense contracting or otherwise, IT pros will need to know about the industry theyre supporting or they desire to support in their eventual employment.
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