Career Management

Head Blogs Editor Toni Bowers discusses various aspects of working in the corporate world, including the best techniques for finding a great job and how to cope once you get there.

  • Toni Bowers // July 24, 2008, 12:11 AM PST

    What's the worst job in the world?

    With reports predicting a decline in IT staff jobs in 2009, it may help to ask yourself what job situation could be worse. Snake handler? Lindsay Lohan's AA sponsor? Let's take a moment to imagine the worst jobs in the world.


  • Toni Bowers // July 24, 2008, 11:47 PM PST

    Challenges for old developers learning new tricks

    The problem of staying current is more acute in IT than in other fields because of the speed of new technology development. What do you do when a new technology comes along that makes obsolete a technology that you've devoted a good part of your career to?


  • Toni Bowers // July 27, 2008, 10:27 PM PST

    When IT pros go bad

    The recent case of the network administrator who shut down San Francisco's FiberWAN network may cause some corporate executives to initiate unneeded policies. Would that be yet another example of too much time spent on something that, in reality, rarely happens?


  • Toni Bowers // July 28, 2008, 10:39 PM PST

    IT and Hollywood: The reality gap

    In the movies, all you need is access to the Internet to change someone's bank account or to launch nuclear missiles. We know it's all for effect, but how much is too much?


  • Toni Bowers // July 29, 2008, 10:34 PM PST

    What kind of background does it take to succeed in IT?

    There are all kinds of arguments in favor of degrees in IT and all kinds in favor of learning from the school of hard knocks. Where do you fall in the continuum?


  • Toni Bowers // July 30, 2008, 9:15 PM PST

    Number of women entering IT field drops

    According to statistics, the number of women choosing to major in computer science dropped 70 percent between 2000 and 2005. With new programs implemented to encourage young girls in the areas of science and technology, why is this happening?


  • Toni Bowers // August 3, 2008, 10:56 PM PST

    SMB vs. large corporations: How top IT salaries differ

    Janco Associates has just released its mid-year IT compensation survey, and part of what it looks at is how top IT salaries differ in large corporations and small to medium businesses.


  • Toni Bowers // August 10, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    Is your boss a dictator?

    TV and movies are filled with stereotypes of the dictatorial boss. But this is because there are so many of them. Is your boss a dictator? If so, how did he or she get that way?


  • Toni Bowers // August 11, 2008, 11:00 PM PST

    The negative consequences of a "Yes Man"

    It's annoying to have a Yes Man co-worker, but it can be hazardous to have one as your boss. Here's why a boss who will agree to anything can be poison to a team.


  • Toni Bowers // August 13, 2008, 2:00 AM PST

    The self-fulfilling prophesy: "It won't do any good"

    Expressing yourself may not always get you what you want at work, but not expressing yourself will never get you what you want. Here's why "It won't do any good" is a self-fulfilling prophecy.


  • Toni Bowers // August 4, 2008, 10:04 PM PST

    Can an employee be too nice?

    Although being nice should be an attribute everyone strives for, it can sometimes backfire for you in the workplace. Here's why.


  • Toni Bowers // August 5, 2008, 11:41 PM PST

    IT education poll results in

    We did a poll last week in which we asked about the educational backgrounds of TechRepublic members. Here are the results.


  • Toni Bowers // August 7, 2008, 12:28 AM PST

    Got a problem in the workplace?

    Got a dicey situation at work that you're not sure how to handle? If so, throw it out to your peers, and see if they can help you come up with a solution.


  • Toni Bowers // August 7, 2008, 10:02 PM PST

    Employee wins job back, but does he still want it?

    Today marks the debut of "What should I do?" a regular feature of the Career Management blog in which we run career and workplace scenarios provided by TechRepublic members and open them up for comment.


  • Toni Bowers // August 14, 2008, 10:28 PM PST

    Do your part: Prevent PowerPoint abuse

    Need to make an important presentation? You may be the world's foremost expert on the subject matter, but if you screw up the way you present your information, it won't matter. Here are some tips for making your PowerPoint presentations effective.