December 10, 2015

Why Real-World Experience Is The Key to Success in Tech

istock000051368982mediumMuch of what you need to know to become a top IT leader cannot be taught in the classroom -- which is why time on the job counts for so much.

Rob Threadgold, global head of IT infrastructure and operations at ICBC Standard Bank, has taken a very different route into technology leadership than some of his c-suite peers. Rather than attend university and complete a graduate training scheme, Threadgold left school after finishing his A-levels and went straight into full-time employment. "Experience counts," he says, reflecting on his best practice advice to other IT professionals looking to take a vocational route to the top. Here, he shares his experience and lessons with ZDNet.

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