Importance of Mentorship For Careers In Technology Sector.

Technology is a broad industry.  It includes jobs ranging from software developers to web designers.  Because of the different careers in IT industry, it’s hard to decide which one is right for you.

According to U.S. News and World Report, these are a few of the best career choices in technology:

  • Software developer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • IT Manager
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • Computer Support Specialist

These are not the only options; however, they are the ones projected to grow through 2026.  Learn more about career options at Woz U’s Career services and IT mentors.

Although the demand for a qualified workforce continues to be high, companies still evaluate applicants in terms of their skills and cultural fit.

On average, every job listing receives 250 resumes with only four or five individuals getting an initial interview.

Why is Mentoring Important?

Mentoring consists of a long-term relationship between a mentor and mentee.  The relationship is focused on supporting the growth and development of the mentee.  The nature of the relationship may change over time as the mentee’s needs change.

Among IT professionals, mentoring programs are seen as having the greatest potential impact on the industry.

Mentoring programs can address the skills gap and encourage industry growth.  Tech Mentors can be especially helpful when the path to an IT career is not always linear.

Individuals in the IT field are more likely to take personal responsibility for their growth.  With proper mentoring, they can be encouraged to pursue opportunities that benefit not only the individual but the industry itself.

A structured mentoring program can instill a sense of professionalism and expand career opportunities as well as keep employees engaged.

Numerous studies have found that between 50% and 70% of employees are not engaged at work.  When they are not engaged, innovation does not happen. An active mentoring program helps ensure the industry continues to innovate.

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By Lanre Ogungbe
Lanre Ogungbe