How to change the career path in IT within the company

How to change the career path in IT within the company

Alexander Fix

Alexander Fix

Specialist in the promotion of solutions in CROC Cloud Services

On average, IT specialists change the company every 2-5 years. But in They also work for 10-15 CROCS: they are engaged in different projects, change career tracks and do not stop developing.

Is it possible to radically change your career without quitting? How to do it? And how to understand that it’s time to turn the track? Let’s figure it out together with Sasha Fix, a specialist in the promotion of CROC cloud solutions.

About your career track

I work in KROK is almost 5 years old, and during this time he managed to be a junior engineer, master complex equipment and become a certified trainer for working with it. And now I’ve changed my career. But about everything in more detail

I joined CROC in my third year as an intern with the prospect of becoming an engineer. At first I was engaged in servers, then I switched to data storage systems.

Pretty soon I started working with vendor hardware. And then he began to conduct training sessions and webinars on it — for colleagues in the market and customers.

Being a narrow specialist in a particular direction is not a bad option, and some colleagues are building a career in this way. But I have always been interested in versatile development. In addition, I quickly realized what I wanted from work, and I wasn’t ready to “hang out” on the same thing for a long time.

So after 4.5 years, I decided it was worth trying something else. I’ve been thinking for a long time about which sphere to go into: what interests me, what charges me. As a result, I settled on product management. The CROC Cloud team was just looking for a specialist at that time — and I saw a cool opportunity to change my career path.

Transition to the CROC Cloud Services team

My resource manager (manager, assistant and development driver) helped me in every way in the transition: he helped me figure out what I want to do and docked with the future manager. So there was no “please let me go” talk. And they could hardly be — personal development is very much appreciated in CROC, and the leaders will not slow you down if you want to try yourself in a new one.

Then the transition began. First we met with the new resource manager and discussed future work. How do I see my career? What are your future tasks? Do I like them? Am I ready to do them?

Then he began to come to the first working meetings in the new team, watched what the guys were doing and how, delved into the processes. Finally, I started taking away some tasks, gradually reduced the amount of work in the old direction (I was still on the engineering team) and transferred cases.

In parallel, I took a course on creating a product that a new team leader recommended to me. And studied the sources shared by colleagues.

The transition lasted several months. All this time, I was supported by a new team: I answered questions that arose in the course of work, and helped with tasks.

How to change careers

And now I’ll tell you what to do if you want to change the track.

First, make sure that you have closed all the tasks hanging on you. And that colleagues can replace you (this is especially important if you want to change the track within the company).

Secondly, to understand what you want to do, and gradually learn it. Collect materials on the topic, take training courses, contact colleagues, gaining experience from them.

Third, be open. Communicating with guys from different teams — in the office, in the dining room or near the elevator — will help you find career opportunities. Suddenly, the company is just looking for a specialist in the direction you are interested in.

It is also important to constantly look for challenges that will help you improve certain skills. For example, I myself came to colleagues and asked what I could do to develop the skill of public speaking.

And what not to do

Before looking for a new job, look for opportunities within your company.

So many problems with adaptation will disappear: there is no need to figure out how internal processes are built, what hierarchy is inside the company, what needs to be done to approve this or that action, and so on. And there will be a familiar team nearby, to which you can, without hesitation, turn for help.

In addition, in my opinion, if you jump from company to company, it is more difficult to fully develop.

In addition, there is no need to change the track if the first working days were “so-so” (for example, in the first two days of the internship I was sure that I would be fired). It is worth spending at least a month at one place of work to sort out your tasks and understand which of the employees is doing what.

Plus, during this time you get used to the team, you can focus on work and understand whether you want to do it or not.

Finally, do not motivate yourself to switch artificially. If you are constantly looking for reasons to change your career, then you should think about whether the new track is exactly yours.

What is the result

How to change the career track within the company?

  • Expand your horizons and constantly be interested in new things — to understand what you are interested in.
  • Establish contacts with colleagues — you can always find out from them what employees are doing in different departments. In addition, a familiar team will always help with the transition.
  • And not to be afraid.

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