Be Objective About Your Skills – Are You Really a Techie?


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Be Objective About Your Skills – Are You Really a Techie?

Lists. They fascinate us. There are lists to determine if you are an introvert or extrovert; there are lists which will help you determine if you are right-brained or left-brained, and even if you are a good pet owner.

So, here is another list.

How good techie are you really? Below, you will find questions that you should answer to determine if you are a skilled techie.

Can You Fix Basic PC Issues?

Here’s the thing. If you are a techie in an organization, people expect that you will know how to solve their basic issues. Can you help them back up their files? Can you map a printer? Can you add network cards? Can you free up space to install updates?

Can You Be an Effective Help Desk Agent?

If you work for an organization that has a help desk, go sit at it for a while. Can you explain and resolve issues in lay terms so that non-techies understand?

Can You Train Others?

Teachers will tell you this: the best way to improve your own knowledge and skills is to teach them to someone else. Teaching forces you to conduct research, to read, and to learn that which you must teach others. It cements that learning so that you will retain it permanently.

Are You a Master of Basic Networking?

Even if you are a system administrator, you still need to understand how networks operate and how to conduct basic troubleshooting. You should know DNS and how to check it, along with trace-routing machines, at the very least.

Are You Adept at Basic System Administration?

Do you understand file permissions and access permissions? Do you know why machines talk to domain controllers? While you need not be an expert, you do need to understand these things so that you can avoid issues down the road.

Can You Network Trace?

You should be able to use at least one or two basic networking capturing tools. Learn Wireshark, snoop, netmon, etc. While you don’t need to understand everything, you need to be at least capable of capturing it and sending it over to a network engineer for examination.

Do you Understand Latency and Bandwidth and How they are Related but Different?

The concepts are simple. For example, you should understand why adding more bandwidth to a link that isn’t full will not reduce latency.

Can You Throw a Script Together for Quick Results?

If you are a real programmer, then you know about putting those error messages, in, looking for abnormalities, and documenting. If you are a techie but not a programmer, you should, however, be able to throw a script together that will remove lines, copy files, and/or send emails.

Are You Continuing to Learn More Languages?

If you are a programmer, fluency in just one or two languages should not be personally satisfying. While you may work in only those one or two, learning more all the time should always be “on your plate.” This drive to keep learning is one of the most valuable assets to an employer, and it should be to you too, especially if you are a solopreneur.

Do You Have Full Mastery in at Least One Core Area of Development?

You must. While you can certainly acquire skills in many areas of development, if you are focused on IOS development, for example, be the “king” of that area. This allows employers/clients to trust you. Once you are “king,” you can move on and retain that trust.

How Adaptable Are You?

You may need to “hit the ground running” in a new environment, framework, or language. Can you acclimate yourself to new systems and tools quickly? The goal is to become competent in the short-term and a master over time. When you are seeking a great job opportunity, for example at supreme dissertations, a potential employer will want to see flexibility, a good attitude, and an aptitude for learning. Specific skills are usually 3rd or 4th on their list of priorities because the first three say that you can and will learn what you have to.

Are You a Fan of Data and Research?

You need to be. Never make assumptions. Gather the data and analyze it. Data drives technology today.

Are You Documenting Everything?

No one else wants to wonder what you did or how you did it. Even the obvious should be documented. And remember, you are may be “speaking” to non-techies too. Lose the acronyms a bit.

Are You Testing Enough?

Nothing is worse for a user than to have a piece of software with “bugs,” however small. A good techie tests and re-tests everything before launch.

Do You Have the Necessary Soft Skills?

Remember, being a good techie involves many hard skills – they are not all mentioned here, of course. However, to be effective, you must be a good communicator in a variety of environments; you must be a team player when that is required. And if you hope to move into IT management at some point, you have to be a great listener, humble, willing to ask questions when you don’t understand, and able to “read” others.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the skills that make you a good techie. But do remember this: If you are already a techie, it is because you like what you do and you have already developed some solid skills. This means that you can learn anything you need to in order to boost your skill levels.

About the author:  Ashley Kornee is a blogger and freelance writer. She always tries to write about ordinary things in a creative way.  You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

How Technology Is Rick to Our Morty and Why Is That So Amazing?

If you have been following the latest animated sensation Rick and Morty, you have probably gleaned an insight into the relationship between these two characters. The dynamic duo consisting of a genius grandfather and a naïve but well-mannered grandson, has taken the world by the storm.

One of the major features of the show is the quality writing that emphasizes a cultural commentary in the form of technological advancements. How can we draw a parallel between the show’s seemingly subtle hints at our own world and why are these comments so amazing in today’s world?

Constant sense of discovery

Just like the protagonists of the show, we are in a constant awe at what the technology of today is capable of doing. We have reached a point where VR technologies and augmented reality (AR) can be seen in everyday use, often in work environments.

Providing a genuine service for customers is now more than just selling a good product. Customer experience programs and user experience (UX) design principles are taking over the market. Eco-friendly products and packaging are the new norms, even though many companies still rely on environmental exploitation for their gains.

Looking for professional help no matter what problems you have is easier than ever before thanks to the interconnected nature of all the smart devices we are using. This sense of discovery is one of the greatest gifts we have received from technology.

Increased quality of life

Just like Rick does it for Morty, technology has made our lives easier on a day to day basis. No matter where you live, technology has made your life easier to live thanks to the developments in infrastructure. Water and electricity are becoming commonplace even in places where people have never known about them.

Getting help from pro essay writers for your writing corrections is also much easier given the nature of many services on the web. Not to mention the medical breakthroughs in the form of new medicine for old illnesses and innovative prosthetic devices that help people live their lives.

Even if all you ever wanted is a good TV, finding one today is cheaper and easier than ever before, which was impossible some decades before. The overall increase in the quality of life we live can only be attributed to the development of technology.

Accessibility and affordability

Gadgets such as cellphones, laptops and house ware items such as microwave machines or coffee makers have become commonplace. We are not sure how we would live without them around but they are a constant reminder of how technology affects us on a daily basis.

Going online and looking for college essay help seemed like a crazy idea only a couple of years ago. Finding good, cheap services and items that can make your work, college or overall life easier is a matter of finding a good website to visit.

This was unheard of in our parents’ youth, and while Rick does provide interesting gadgets and possibilities for Morty in multiple galaxies and universes, even the show can’t keep up with all the advancements taking place around us. Useful technology is more accessible and affordable than ever before, and we have learned to rely on it more than we care to admit.

Stimulating global creativity

Creativity is one of the most sought-after skills in today’s world. Technology has become so advanced and open to everyone that people stopped thinking for themselves. Gadgets such as drawing tablets and digital pens have become commonplace in many design agencies. Just like Rick’s portal gun.

However, social websites such as Pinterest and Tumblr have decided to go a step further and emphasize creativity over everything else. It’s now easier for every creative soul to express their thoughts and emotions through artwork and personal creations online.

Technology has made art galleries and workshops open to anyone who wants to participate, not just the select elite. One of the hallmarks of Rick and Morty is the emphasis on creative problem solving where very few rules apply. The same message can be seen in modern technology where everything is centered on nurturing creative capabilities of individuals.

Making the world smaller

Becoming the best writer, artist or content creator is now easier thanks to the open-ended nature of the internet. You can discover your latent talents in the form of photography, giving people writing help or simply creating new technological devices and patents for further development.

Technology has made the world smaller than it ever was, giving people more incentive to become interconnected. Traveling to a different country or continent is a matter of booking a ticket and traveling for a couple of hours, which was mind-boggling in the past. Making friends even, just like Rick’s best friend was Birdperson or the love of his life is Unity, “collective hivemind” from another dimension.

Rick and Morty tell us that the world is small by using a multitude of universes in almost each episode just like we would use different environments on a daily basis. The underlying message of the show is that we should use every piece of technology around us and make it a part of our lives.

To conclude, there will always be a line between using and overusing technology. However, limiting ourselves from all the wonderful capabilities at our disposal could be detrimental to us as a species and a society. Implement relevant and useful technology in whatever you do and you will see just how much life can become easier and simpler once you get used to your new toys. And not completely mess up the whole known or unknown universe.

 

Angela Baker is a self-driven specialist who is currently working as a freelance writer in OkDissertations and trying to improve herself in the blogging career. She is always seeking to discover new ways for personal and professional growth and is convinced that it’s always important to broaden horizons. That`s why Angela develops and improves her skills throughout the writing process to help and inspire people.

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