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THE IT CAREER BUILDER'S T O O L K I T Your Complete Guide to Building Your Technology Career in Any Economy Matthew Moran http://www.cbtoolkit.com Part 1 An Introduction to Career Building The Toolkit Approach to Career Development Chapter 1 Toolkit Approach
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THE IT CAREER BUILDER'S T O O L K I T Your Complete Guide to Building Your Technology Career in Any Economy Matthew Moran http://www.cbtoolkit.com
Part 1 An Introduction to Career Building
Toolkit Approach • Book contains vital information and proven methods that can make a huge impact on your career success. • Read each chapter as assigned. • Complete Actions & Ideas at end of each chapter.
Career Building Defined Chapter 2
Career Building • The danger of a tool-driven mindset • A job is not a career • Careers are non-linear • A working plan makes a tedious of unrewarding jobs bearable
Career Building: The Concept • A theoretical career path…
? Career Building: The Concept • A more realistic picture…
Information Technology: A Great Career Chapter 3
Introduction • Information technology is a great career choice! • Career building • Concepts for accelerated advancement • The value-added technologist
IT Is a Great Career! • Unprecedented growth−still. • The U.S. department of labor statistic places information technology as the fastest growing job segment over the next 10 years. • Technology professionals still fare better than similarly trained professions (in terms of time spent). • Performance-based advancement. • What have you done for me lately? • Less prone to tenure/time seniority grids for advancement.
IT Is a Great Career! • But what happened? • Thousands of poorly conceived businesses, run by fledgling technologists, who were moved into management; and then built by, entry-level developers, in a newly developed/preadolescent/marginally accepted economy… • What were we thinking? • An industry forced to mature quickly due to several highly-publicized failures must hit the breaks and take a look at where it’s going.
IT Is a Great Career! • This is a great thing! • For the producer: If you can develop the full set of talents needed to solve your client’s problems, you will separate yourself from what I call widget-producer technologists.
Defining Yourself: Aptitudes and Desires Chapter 4
Considerations • Factors to help you decide: • Pay • Insurance • Training • Commute • Working Conditions (people, culture, environment, hours) • Future growth potential
More Factors • Factors to help you decide: • Desires • What do you like? • What do you hate? • What do you want? • Skills • What are you good at? • Learn new skills
Career Building: The Concept • Career building is exactly that−building. • Getting a job or a string of jobs is not synonymous with building a career. • A builder must have a plan. • A builder must have the right tools.
Summary • Many factors to consider when choosing an IT career • IT offers many possibilities, from highly creative to highly analytical • Determine the factors that motivate you and mesh well with your innate abilities • Your career plan will help you enjoy your job and be paid well.