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Building blocks of a successful IT career


Foundation SkillsBusiness Skills
Ability to learn new skills 
Analytic capabilities  and problem-solving skills 
Communication skills (verbal and written) 
Broad education and global perspective
General management 
Project management 
Conflict resolution 
Understanding of business operation
Technical SkillsReferences are asked about the following traits
Current technologies 
Programming languages
Strengths and weaknesses 
Work ethic 
Relationship with supervisors 
Customer service skills 
Ability to work under stress 
Communication & organizational skills


Factors that contribute to innovation, broader application of technology, and valued by employers.

  • Intellectual accomplishment in other disciplines.
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Breadth of ability and experience
  • Social commitment


American Society for Engineering Education. (1994) Engineering Education for a Changing World. Joint project report of the Engineering Deans Council and the Corporate Roundtable of the ASEE, 

Dahir, M. (1993) "Educating engineers for the real world," Technology Review, August/September, pp. 14-16.

Questions asked of references by prospective employers.

  • System Administrator position (2000.01.31)
    1. What is the length and nature of your relationship to ....?
    2. Please describe and rate (excellent, good, fair, poor) his Customer Service skills.
    3. What would you say are his strengths?
    4. What would you say are his weaknesses?
Last update on October 4, 2016