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Poll: What was your #1 career challenge in 2010?

TechRepublic contributor Justin James describes some of the struggles he's faced on the work front this year. Share your toughest career challenges of 2010.

This is a guest post by Justin James, the host of TechRepublic's Programming and Development blog.

This year, it was nice that I had stable, steady employment despite the overall poor economy. Looking around at the local job market, it was good to see the jobs return in earnest.

On the work front, though, it has been pretty tough. I have found myself thrown head first into a number of projects using completely unfamiliar technologies because I took over the maintenance and development from external consultants. I know other developers who have been struggling to keep pace with the rapid changes in the landscape, particularly around mobile development and .NET 4.

J.Ja

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36 comments
lucien.fuertes
lucien.fuertes

Process improvement and streamlining was my # challenge this year

reisen55
reisen55

The sales process in this economy for a truly independent consultant, not backed by franchise operations such as CMIT, Computer Troubleshooters or FastTeks, is very hard indeed.

jd
jd

I retired (at age 50) from running a help desk at Shell Oil. We moved to the Ozarks, and since then I got involved in helping out with the kids playing computer games at our church. This has been a learning experience, almost a new set of skills compared to answering questions from workers. Now, instead of "Can you change my network password?" or "My network printer is printing garbage.", it is more like "Which keys do I use to move in Call of Duty 5" or "Which video card works best with this game?." Transition from help desk to game desk = maximum learning curve.

omlac23
omlac23

doing nothing. am working for a company that doesnt need the latest IT technology, with a boss who doesnt want to hear new improvements on the system, and migrating the system from an old language to the new ones. so frustrating, i dont know how i have survived this long. coming from a mobile development environment, which is always changing, i find this a total bore, expect when i get paid.

www.indigotea.com
www.indigotea.com

Re-inventing my career as a full-time independent consultant. Technology is the easy part; learning how to leverage social media for marketing, figuring out how to price my services competitively and still make a decent living, and balancing the workload. Those were my biggest career challenges in 2010. The good news is that 2011 promises to be an outstanding year because of everything I learned in 2010!

Ed.Pilling
Ed.Pilling

Lets see I busted my hump and passed the certified auditors exam and was endorsed. I also have 11 years of computer security experience. I am getting between 1 to 5 interviews a week and NOTHING. I have just landed a gig doing 3rd level tech support for a bank. Well if they don?t find something in my background. Oh great, I have designed quarter million dollar firewalls that protected billions in assets and the best I can do now is helping people figure out why they can?t log in. The more I read about the french revolution the more I see it has something in common with where we are going.

Stalemate
Stalemate

Finally taking the decision to leave a "safe" position where I felt unappreciated and underpaid to apply for another one where all I had to go on was the perspective of a former colleague working there. It paid off. =)

valencp
valencp

Providing IT, telecom, and network support to my branch offices continues to be the biggest challenge for me and my organization. It's nearly impossible to provide excellent service and meet SLA's with a virtual IT team.

aledon
aledon

Doing the job of 3 staff who quit during the year and no replacements anytime in the near future.

beechC23
beechC23

Honestly, my no. 1 challenge was having 5 bosses in 1 year. First one left due to illness. Second one quit. Third one quit. Fourth one was fired. Fifth one just started. I'm thinking I'd be better off if I worked for myself and had 5 clients instead.

nrobin
nrobin

Staying employed and doing something challenging and something that fits my background and skills.

george.vink
george.vink

In my country (Africa) the main challenge is to keep sane as a white male in affirmative action - learning to accept mediocre standards, lack of skills and experience from supervisors appointed because of race, while you stay where you are with double the work load.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Trying to get myself into a position to be challenged has been the challenge. That's been more about selling and finding opportunities to management, than how do I do this? One of the problems of having been doing this techie stuff for so long, is I get employed to do what I've already done.

jedler
jedler

My biggest challenge was a screwed up backup a week ago. A weeks work of 6 developers was lost and it was my fault. You just don?t need this a week before christmas :-(. Regards, Jens

elangomatt
elangomatt

It turns out this career challenge is going into next year really, but I had to decide whether or not I want to try getting a promotion that would give me a very different role/job. At least it doesn't involve moving to a different company.

xangpow
xangpow

In the course I'm taking I was introduced to something called CCNA, a Cisco product as we where told in class. They gave us a 900 page book and said we will be covering the whole book in 2 weeks. and we did. and my head blew up more than once. I came out of that class knowing I would like to know more about this CCNA and Cisco, but man it can be complicated at time. Our teacher told us once we have been working with it for about a year it wont be complicated anymore. So anyone want to hire me so I can get a better grasp on this? lol

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