For IT pros, the importance of honing business and soft skills that round out top-notch tech skills has never been greater. CompTIA AITP provides professional members exclusive access to more than 1,400 courses through Lynda.com, which can help you gain the skills you need to grow and advance in your career. Not convinced? Here are five reasons that you should prioritize your business and soft skills training.
1. Automation is increasing the value of soft skills.
Automation is already here and changing the way technical work gets done, and the trend is only going to continue. Academics and futurists predict that tomorrow’s IT workforce will spend more time on tasks that machines can’t perform, making soft skills like communication, people management and applying expertise key to keeping pace with the evolving job market.
2. Many tech jobs are now “hybrid” positions.
With digital transformation topping the list of many companies’ priorities, a recent CIO article cites the increase in “hybrid” roles as one of the job trends shaping the future of tech. According to the piece, companies looking for IT pros with a “… mix of user experience skills, business acumen and cloud know-how is typical of organizations undergoing digital transformations, where technical skills are enhanced with soft and traditionally non-technical skills to create hybrid roles.”
3. New job responsibilities could mean a gap in skills.
The scope of work an IT department performs is expanding, and new projects can comeat you fast, requiring you to find creative tech solutions to challenging internal and external business goals. CompTIA AITP member Terry Edelen, an applications analyst, has found that Lynda.com’s on-demand courses can often fill in the knowledge gaps. “Lynda.com provides me the opportunity to build my skill set and provides a foundation when I am assigned similar responsibilities with limited experience,” said Terry.
4. Soft skills will help you get noticed, get hired and be promoted.
An analysis of Burning Glass job postings data from March 1, 2017-February 28, 2018, shows that hiring managers are looking for IT pros who have strong communication skills and are capable of problem solving. But mastering these skills won’t just help you get your foot in the door, they’re also key to getting promoted.
According to Colleen Hughes, director of Human Resources at CompTIA, IT staff who are likely to get tapped for advancement are team players who show that they have the capacity to lead. “IT professionals who want to grow into a management position must step up and volunteer for projects. When we see other members of the team consistently seeking out an individual for direction and advice, we know that person has the potential to be a leader,” said Colleen.
5. Self-care is critical to the success of tech pros.
Adding new skills to your resume doesn’t always have to be the focus of your continuing education and professional development. In fact, it’s important to cut yourself some slack from time to time and practice self-care in order to prevent burnout, reduce stress and refocus. The concept of self-care can sound vague, but Lynda.com has you covered with Ariana’s Huffington’s Thrive course, which will help you understand the link between well-being and productivity and teach you strategies for your own self-care, ultimately making you a better tech pro.
Access to more than 1,400 courses are included in CompTIA AITP membership.
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