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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 Part 1 An Introduction to Career Building The Toolkit Approach to Career Development Chapter 1 Toolkit Approach

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Your Complete Guide to Building Your

Technology Career in Any Economy

Matthew Moran

part 1
Part 1

An Introduction to Career Building

toolkit approach
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
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
Career Building: The Concept
  • A theoretical career path…
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Career Building: The Concept
  • A more realistic picture…
  • Information technology is a great career choice!
  • Career building
  • Concepts for accelerated advancement
    • The value-added technologist
it is a great career
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.
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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.
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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.
  • Factors to help you decide:
    • Pay
    • Insurance
    • Training
    • Commute
    • Working Conditions (people, culture, environment, hours)
    • Future growth potential
more factors
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
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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.
  • 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.