For what feels like an eternity, you’ve been planning to join the realm of IT consultancy. You know that your skills are sound; you can manoeuvre through any OS you know; you can subnet like no one’s business; and security… No one will keep you out of undesirable things like you. And what’s stopping you from being the best IT consultant in the world?
They could be clients, Murphy’s Rule, plans, workshops, or colleagues. Here’s the deal: schooling and preparation can’t adequately prepare you for life in the industry. In your school, IT lectures, recall some of your professors ever reminding you that you’ll be operating on a client computer anytime a customer comes in.
Get the equipment on you
Don’t leave the office without the requisite tools—software, electronics, physical tools note, etc. Nonentity is worse than getting to a client and finding that you don’t have what you need. Not only is it terrifying to the consultant, but it’s also rude to the customer.
Take some copious notes
Don’t care if you have an eidetic reminiscence if clients are yapping in your ear to the extent where they sound like mosquitoes, you’re going to have to focus on your notes. And even though it may be against the grain of your being, write down the passwords you’re making.
Taking a long breath away
You’re going to get into circumstances that are stressful and potentially important. Until you grapple with the insanely challenging mission, take a deep breath and relax. Remember that you know what you’re doing. It might sound like hockey.
Take a rest from me
You can’t sit on the keyboard and look at the same display for hours at a time without losing the capacity to think logically. Even once you’re on a deadline, a five-minute coffee break and a pizza break won’t keep you from getting the job done. Really, the split could only be the thing that saves you.
Quit job to work
This is the most challenging part of the work. When you have a daunting assignment hanging above your mind, the default is to take the challenge home with you in the shape of an addiction. Quit work when you leave employment. If you take homework with you—especially if it becomes a borderline obsessed.