Gartner Research

IT Infrastructure Professionals: How to Find and Get Your Next Role

Published: 01 February 2017

ID: G00316364

Analyst(s): Joseph Antelmi


Technical professionals focused on IT infrastructure must adopt a structured approach to career planning in the cloud era. This document is designed to help IT infrastructure professionals take the necessary steps to identify, prioritize and prepare for potential IT roles.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1. Assess Your Career Profile
    • Step 1.1 Analyze Your Current Situation
    • Step 1.2 Identify What Makes You Happy at Work
    • Step 1.3 Identify What Holds You Back
    • Step 1.4 Identify ITIP Career Strategies
    • Step 1.5 Set Time-Bound Goals
  • Step 2. Explore Career Options
    • Step 2.1 Pursue Secondary Roles/Group Research
    • Step 2.2 Pursue Primary Roles/Group Research
    • Step 2.3 Narrow Down Career Choices
  • Step 3. Analyze Gaps
    • Step 3.1 Identify Desired Skills and Gaps
    • Step 3.2 Improve Your Networking Approach
  • Step 4. Develop an Action Plan
    • Step 4.1 Focus on Skills Development
    • Step 4.2 Develop Message
  • Step 5. Select Role
    • 5.1 Create Referrals
    • 5.2 Interview
    • 5.3 Find Next Role
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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