Trading Your Job for a Career
Career Paths: In his new monthly column, careers expert Brian D. Jaffe will look at every aspect of careers in the IT field.For some, IT is their job. For others (those in the geek category, perhaps) it is their life. In between we have categories like trade, vocation, livelihood, line of business, occupation, calling, pursuit and living. But, for most of us, IT is our career even if we didnt view it that way when we first started out. "Career" is one of those terms that usually gets applied to bankers, lawyers and doctors. After enough years doing what they do best, actors and professional athletes usually adopt the term as well. But every professional has the right to use the term. When you have a career, you tend to set your sights differently. You begin to think of the longer term, and of the bigger picture. You start thinking about things like growth, direction, opportunities and paths. This Career Paths column will focus on these things as they apply to your career, your staffs, your peers and colleagues. It will concentrate on the unique challenges of working in IT, whether as a hands-on techie or a hands-off manager; seasoned veteran or newbie; pocket protector or designer suit (except on casual Fridays).
I hope to look at every aspect of careers in our field. Some columns will be about your own career: Finding advancement, the job search, evaluating offers, etc. Others will be about dealing with the careers of others: Recruitment, staff evaluations, coaching, terminations, etc. Still others will deal with life within IT: the constant change of technology, controlling what is probably your companys largest departmental budget, managing vendors, etc.