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I moved to London in 1999 with the intention of forging a career in the internet industry. Clueless as I was, I somehow managed to work my way in. A very good decision, in hindsight.

If you’re thinking about a career in the internet industry, or know somebody who is, then maybe you’d like to find out what to expect? 

Earlier today I asked our Twitter followers to provide one piece of advice for wannabe internet professionals. If that sounds like you, dear reader, then there are some nuggets of wisdom here from people who know what they’re talking about…

BE AGILE

Learn how to handle constant, fast change - and a lot of new vocabulary. (@micklalala)

Remember things are changing so quickly there are no absolute answers: Read, understand and keep an open mind. (@fshakhshir)

Be prepared for constant change; it's a really fast moving industry! (@bigbobtait)

THE PUNK ROCK APPROACH

Get involved on your own time! Don't wait for a job to build experience - the internet is open to all. (@webmarketplace)

Get your own website and start blogging. I have NEVER hired anyone who did not already have their own site live! (@brumguvnor)

BE CURIOUS, STAY HUMBLE

Never be content with what you already know about digital - there is always more to learn. (@DigiRunner)

Expect to be learning new things constantly and be able to keep pace with it all without getting burnt out! (@sixeleven)

READ AND READ SOME MORE

Set up some SM accounts to discover the industry's latest trends and talk to its members. Then find a need and fill it! (@AdaptiveTweets)

Read voraciously, doubt everything, experiment, obsess over data, be modest - what works today might be a disaster tomorrow. (@adriana_iordan)

Never stop learning...and READ! (@juanxi)

PLAY WITH THINGS

If you want to get into the internet industry, just do it. Use the tools, engage, participate, experiment. (@markevans)

Play, Read, Experiment, Fail, Listen, Recalibrate and repeat the process over and over again. Perpetual Beta. (@leahbesajimenez)

Try, test & evolve. (@cpbishop)

INNOVATE

Don't be scared to think outside the box. (@dr3wid)

GIVE A SHIT

As @garyvee famously says 'Care'. It's so true, it tacitly implies many important things, authenticity, honesty, sincerity etc. (@rohanvim)

NETWORK

Network, network, network, read. (@rishil)

Get yourself to conferences and say hello to people - never know when you will cross paths again. (@DanTaylorSEO)

Take an interest in everyone you meet & keep in touch - your network helps your brand, gets you advice free & new career opportunities. (@ravinar)

PLAN AHEAD

Consider how you are planning to manage your bookmarks! (@RockTimeSocial)

WISE UP

The one piece of advice I'd give: Whatever internet role or ambition you may pursue, a good technical education is essential. (@stevejohnston)

Learn Arabic. (@judycopywriter)

QUALIFICATIONS?

Get some qualifications, stand out from the crowd, research lots and keep up to date! (@SimonDGardner)

Spend time using it, a degree does not = practical knowledge. (@jonnyp)

WRITE AND DECIPHER

Blog. And learn what all the acronyms mean. (@ElectricSpectre)

GO NICHE

Pick a specific skill and specialise in it. (@seodave)

SHOW NO FEAR

Don't be scared of numbers! (@redbarrington)

FOR VARIOUS REASONS

Blacklist 4chan.org. (@chandler3224)

THE ULTIMATE TIP

Subscribe to Econsultancy, read all the reports / research and enjoy the fact that you are well on the way to ninja status. (@browser_media)

ALTERNATIVELY

Become a plumber. (@Dunkndisorderly)

Agree? Disagree? What are we missing here? Please leave a comment below...

Chris Lake

Published 24 November, 2010 by Chris Lake

Chris Lake is CEO at EmpiricalProof, and former Director of Content at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ or connect via Linkedin.

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SearchBlogger

Great advice given above. My own suggestion would be to get yourself a mentor, even informally.

There's often no substitute for learning directly from someone who has already been there and done it.

over 5 years ago

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Rafal

Exactly , a bunch of good advice. Thanks a lot.

over 5 years ago

Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis, Head of Business Development at Harvest Digital

Decide where your skills fit within a team or build one around you.  As the web has matured the skills required to deliver rarely reside in one person.  You have to make a decision whether you are a specialist or good at bringing teams together.   

over 5 years ago

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Ravi

Great checklist for any IM'r.

Liked the "Ultimate Tip" -:)

Thanks

over 5 years ago

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