I like to ask my new employees: "Why are you working in IT?" The typical answer is: "I like technology, and I want to be CTO." This is a valid reason to work in any field; you like what you do, and you want to make it to the top. Speaking from experience, I can tell you a few things you can do along the way to enhance your career and give yourself a competitive advantage over your rivals. My advice is to be worldly, find a mentor, and develop your communication skills.