"How to choose an appropriate career?" This is one of the most common questions asked by students or the one who is about to start his/her career in IT field. When the time comes for you to pick a career, you will discover that you have numerous options. It can be difficult to pick one, especially if you have no idea what you want to do, or if many things appeal to you. Does it seem like an invincible task? It's not. Yes, you will have to put some effort into making your decision, but your effort will be worthy in the end.

If you consider the following factors, you can successfully choose a suitable career in IT discipline and avoid making a big mistake:

1) Programming Language

If you haven't selected your first programming language to learn, that's the first most required step to do. When all campaigners say that their programming language is the best, choosing one to start with can be incredibly overwhelming. There exist a number of points to decide when choosing your first and foremost 'KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR' language/platform.

  • Area of Interest

Code is everywhere, you have so many options to choose language, but before choosing any of them, you have to analyze yourself that which field you like the most! Do you want to build Web applications? Or you're good at Mobile Technologies? These different platforms require different skillset/languages. For example, if you want to build modern websites and web apps, learn JavaScript, Ruby and Ruby on Rails or PHP, if you want to build Android apps, learn Java, if you want to build a Mac or iPhone app, learn Swift, if you want to work on big, complex, data-driven sites and apps, you have to go for SQL too, if you want to build games or audio/video apps, learn C++, if you want to build windows apps, go for C#. These are just examples of languages you can go for, otherwise you have a large number of options for each and every field.

  • Latest Programming Technologies

Languages are increasing day by day. Do a simple web search and you will find hundreds of programming languages in existence. You must know about the current programming languages that are used nowadays because each latest and updated language will have something NEWER, RELIABLE & BETTER. You must keep yourself updated about latest programming technologies and updates of them. There are a few good sources that you can refer:

  • Current Market Trends

Language never dies, NEWER & OLDER all the languages are used by the world but which one is used the most in current industries, that is more important. To stay relevant in the job market and to be always in the edge of productivity choose to consider current market trends. Refer following links for this:

  • Community Support

Find the community of your programming language. For that, check out suitable programming forums and online communities, because BIGGER the community is, LESSER the time it will take to solve your bugs/problems.

  • Industry

Among all industries, IT industry is one of the fastest-growing industries. There are various companies that invest in software and technology fields. Famous examples are Apple, Microsoft, etc. All these software industries prefer different operating systems, programming languages, and platforms. Do complete research on them. Check out all top software companies in the software industry and keep yourself updated about them.

2) Company

  • MNC (Multinational Corporation)

A multinational corporation or worldwide enterprise is a corporate organization that owns or controls production of goods or services in two or more countries other than their home country. Pros & Cons of MNCs:

  • Higher Starting Salaries
  • Hire & Fire in BULK
  • Career Opportunity
  • Diversity
  • Organizational Culture Obstacles
  • Mid Level

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, mid-Level companies are those with 50 to 250 workers. Pros &

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