Microsoft SharePoint is an enterprise collaboration tool that organizations are turning to to increase efficiency and effectiveness of their teams. There is a growing demand for IT professionals who can efficiently administer SharePoint as more businesses use it. Five tips will help you build your career with this amazing tool.
SharePoint is a Big World
It is not difficult to say that you want to work in SharePoint. You could work as a doctor, nurse or physical therapist. If you are looking for a job with SharePoint, there are many options.
You could be a SharePoint developer, administrator, or architect who works on technical aspects of technology. You could be a business analyst, designing SharePoint solutions to meet specific business requirements, or managing the rollout of those solutions for users. You could also work in support, such as in a SharePoint helpdesk or end-user training.
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Get started trainingJust like in the healthcare example, every job requires specific skills, training, and expertise. There won’t be any one way to get a job at SharePoint. Instead, we outline five steps that will help you along your journey, no matter what path you choose. Here’s the deal!
Tips to build your career
We’ve already mentioned aptitude a few times. Let’s get started.
1. Know who you are and what you know. It’s not worth trying to be a surgeon if all you do is “fingers and thumbs.” Before you start your SharePoint journey, make sure that your skills, knowledge, and aspirations are assessed. Consider these questions: – What are your experience? – What are you passionate about? – What are your strengths? – Do people like working with you or do you prefer to work with technology? Are you good at organizing things and working with people? Are you a programmer, systems administrator, or a program manager? Do you have business skills or experience?
2. You can map your desired direction by starting with the first step. You might have chosen to go technical and work in SharePoint administration, SharePoint app development, or even as a SharePoint architect. These are all great jobs if you have experience in technologies such as Microsoft networking services, Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server or Windows Server. These are the core technologies required to run SharePoint.
If you are more people-oriented, you may be interested in user support, user training, and even a role as a business analyst.
3. Learn basic and additional skills
No matter what your goal, it is essential that you are proficient in SharePoint. Get some training in the basics of SharePoint. SharePoint 2016 is the current SharePoint version, but you will still see the 2013 edition until more customers upgrade.
There are many free introductory courses available on YouTube. However, we recommend that you take our Microsoft SharePoint 2013 End User video training course. This course covers all the skills required to use Microsoft SharePoint 2013. This course is also useful preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), certification exam. If you have the current edition of Microsoft SharePoint 2016, then you can take a look at the Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Fundamentals Course. This course covers basic administration skills and end-user skills that are applicable to all SharePoint roles.
If you are looking for a role in user support or training, but don’t have much technical background, then our CompTIA desktop support courses (CompTIA A+ 220-901 or CompTIA A+ 230-001) might be a good option.