5 Top tips for anyone looking to work in the data centre industry..
I wrote this as a post last week and I had a lot of messages about the topic so I thought I would make it an article so more people can benefit from the advice.
A lot of people ask me what are my main learnings from my guests on the Inside Data Centre Podcast so I thought I would share some of my top tops that I have learnt along the way.
First up are my top 5 tips for anyone looking to work in the data centre industry.
1) You don’t need to be an engineer to work in the DC sector. This is a common misconception from those outside the industry but there are a broad variety of careers available in the sector, and high demand in all of them. Whether you work in HR, Finance, development, data analytics, construction, etc, there are plenty of opportunities available across the globe.
2) Try and experience a variety of roles when you first start your career. If you can get a broad understanding of all aspects of the industry it will benefit your long-term career. If you worked in design and then moved to site you will understand the process from both view points.
3) Research is important to understand the sector and demonstrate your desire to work in the DC industry. Listen to podcasts, read articles, attend events (online..).. Knowledge is key to success and it also demonstrates a genuine interest to start a career in the sector. Employers are looking for people that are motivated to make a genuine difference.
4) Reach out to people in the industry to ask for advice – most people will be more than happy to help. The industry is full of great people that want to help, you just need to ask. If you need some advice ask an expert, just do it in a way that shows an appreciation for the other persons time and effort. You will be surprised by how many people are happy to help.
5) Do it!! What are you waiting for?
I ask everyone the same question at the end of the podcast – ‘If you could give one piece of advice to those looking to work in the sector what would it be?’.
I do the hard work; you just need to listen to the answers..
What are your top tips?