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11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers

What would you do differently if you had the chance to start your IT career all over again? We asked seasoned tech pros for advice that they would pass on, and here's what they had to say.
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Disruption Is Constant

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Rampant disruption is the way of the modern world and the pace of it has accelerated over the years. Even the disrupters are not safe from disruption themselves, which is why Amazon is constantly disrupting itself.

Nelson Ford, founder and principal solutions architect at AWS consulting firm Pilotcore Systems, started building websites as a hobby in the mid-1990s but it wasn't until the dotcom bubble was in full swing that he realized that his passion was his career calling. "Had I made that decision just two years earlier, I would have ridden that whole wave. [Instead,] I cut my teeth in a pretty dismal environment," said Ford. "[D]isruptive technologies are building momentum all the time, but it's not always obvious, and people don't always take it seriously. Read up, stay on top of developments [because] what you're doing today isn't what you'll be doing tomorrow."

Rahul Mahna, managing director of managed security services at accounting and advisory firm EisnerAmper, said if he'd known early on that he'd have to pivot every few years he would have made more of an effort to get ahead of changes and prepare for them. "The more proactive one is in the industry, one can see the changes coming and adjust their choice of technologies and performance and be sought after more as a leader," said Mahna.

Lisa Morgan is a freelance writer who covers big data and BI for InformationWeek. She has contributed articles, reports, and other types of content to various publications and sites ranging from SD Times to the Economist Intelligent Unit. Frequent areas of coverage include ... View Full Bio

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