If you are attending College you need to be focused on your education. This includes doing the best you can to maintain a good G.P.A. When you get out of school and start looking for employment you will quickly determine that G.P.A. matters.
Some employers even require a minimum G.P.A. level just for you to be eligible to work there! Part of your hiring process may include having to submit your transcripts that will show what courses you took and what your grades were. Poor G.P.A. or low grades may indicate to a potential employer that you either did not adequately learn the course material or alternately that you lacked responsibility towards your studies. Either way it is not a good sign to the employer so beware!
I happened across this excellent article at the Huffington Post. If you are in college I recommend you take a minute to read and study this article as it offers some useful tips on best study practices.
When you take and complete a college course it becomes a permanent “mark” on your forward moving life and career path. Almost always, each course is a one time shot. By that I mean that you cannot really go back and retake every class in which you had a low grade as the cost and time would be counter-productive and possibly not even an option. Because of this you need to tackle each of your courses head-on and with a mindset to do the very best you can!
When I was going to college full time DreamSpark was possibly my best friend! I say that because DreamSpark allowed me to download and use thousands and thousands of dollars of software for free! Even after I graduated college I continued to use and benefit from this software.
I want to bring this to your attention because it is an incredible offer from Microsoft and it is something that is incredibly valuable and useful for college students everywhere.
I also want to bring up the point that Universities and Colleges can also join the DreamSpark program and it has many benefits for them as well.
Maybe you are considering a higher education and career path in the I.T. field? Maybe you have already made this decision and are now in motion with your education?
The I.T. field is extremely diverse and offers an array of options that you can pick from. This makes the I.T. field adaptable to your unique strengths and desires.
I did a bit of research on current I.T. career forecasts and opportunities and I wanted to share a brief summary of what I found with you. I also wanted to share with you the URL’s for this information so you can do further research on your own.
According to their information here are stats for the following I.T. career fields:
Median Pay in 2010
Computer and information research scientists
Computer network architects
Computer support specialists
Information security analysts
Network and computer systems administrators
This next site is also a great source for I.T. and other technology information.
Their name is ComputerWorld and their home URL is located here.
If you would like to navigate directly to this particular article I am quoting it is located here.
Article Information: Title: 10 hot IT skills for 2013 Author: Mary K. Pratt Category: I.T. Career Opportunities Publish Date: September 24, 2012 06:00 AM ET
According to Mary K. Pratt, these are 10 of the HOT I.T. skills being predicted for 2013
Programming and application development
Help desk – Technical support
Business intelligence – Analytics
Cloud – SaaS
Mobile applications and Device management
If you are already in college for an I.T. degree you should be thinking about your career path. This will help you to focus your class choices and the honing of your skills.
Also, if you are nearing completion of your degree you should be reaching out for internship opportunities. Look up and use the resources given in these linked articles to help you make better choices!
There are a lot of videos on YouTube about Google and their programs and opportunities for college students. I would recommend you check it out because you never know what doors could open up and where they could lead!
Check out this video about the Google I.T. Residency Program.
Google provides many apps and tools for the benefit of education. If you are not already taking advantage of them you need see what they have to offer and make use of it. These tools allow for collaboration from the cloud and are free of charge for educational purposes.
Check out this YouTube video on how to choose a University. My son had to change Universities mid-stream and it was not a good thing. He had to rework his degree plan because not all the things he had completed would transfer! This is why you want to carefully select your university and then plan on staying there for the long haul.
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