15 ways to advance your IT career

Technology careers may have no set paths, but there are a few time-honored truisms that can help you get an edge. Here, seasoned IT pros lend their hard-earned advice on advancing.

15 ways to get ahead in IT
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There’s no user manual for building a long, successful career in IT, but sometimes there seems to be a secret handshake. It’s not always apparent why certain colleagues always move ahead, with access to the latest technology, the biggest budgets, and best projects — while your career seems to be in a holding pattern.

Getting out of a rut and developing a strategy to advance your career could be just a matter of getting the right insight at the right time. Successful tech pros know how to add value to their organizations, go forward confidently and, when necessary, bail out and start again. We’ve gleaned some of their best advice and strategies for communicating, risk assessment and problem solving.

Here’s how to keep your career on the best possible path, whether you’re just starting out or looking to make a change.

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