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TekBoyNY
So I am working as an IT Jack of all trades or mostly anyway right now. Master of a few. What I master is slowly slipping away in some areas from lack of use at times. I am trying to look at my options for further career development. I make a decent salary but see room for at least 15-25k growth over the next 3-5 years just by updating my current skillset ( MCSE,A+, Project Management ( In The Works)) and sitting still where I am. My position currently encompasses the aforementioned certs as well as some Exchange, basic networking, and some telco. For reasons I can't get into, college was not an option before and a degree course is not an option now, at least not for a few years. I would like to focus soley on microsoft technologies(& supporting technologies), project management, etc. Can anyone suggest some options for continuing my training? Areas (IE VM) that would provide the best bang for the buck (IE in demand) , in other words what technology areas would provide the most income potential for the effort. Also, what areas should I generally look into to take a step up the corporate ladder?
Being a family man, money is king at this point. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Dr Dij

    take the training courses at IEEE (computer.org) or ACM (acm.org). they have the thousands of skillsoft and element-K courses which go for hundreds elsewhere basically free for the year while you are a member.

    Each is a bit over $100/year. browse their course catalog to see which you might want to join. and both look good on resume. even have local meetings.

    I've been taking project managment, VB, SAP and many other courses. THey have LOTS of m$ courses, some are actually by m$ (their course on reading xml for example).

    mindleaders is also good. a bit more but not alot more, they have a specific m$ course bundle you can buy, or a graphics art group (flash, photoshop, etc) and you can get cisco, java in another tech group.

    Secondly, download free trials, clear a month from your calendar of free time and actually use them.

    others like oracle you can download and keep using.

    the ieee and acm also have online books. I've read about DW - they have inmon, kimball books and others. included with subscription they have both safari.oreilly books and books24x7 subsets you can read online. This takes more concentration than watching TV but once I started reading inmon on dw I found his style incredibily 'readable'.

    Goto sites that you are interested in and run their product demos, read their lit, sign up for their webinars...

    m$ site has videos on how to use their products also.

    join user groups with specific to product you think you might like to use at work:

    tek-tips.com is one, hundreds of specific product problem groups, and ittoolbox another. read and see if their problems is something you might want to solve all day.

    And learn about non-IT stuff related to biz: communication, management, etc. mindleaders and the prof societies both have sections of courses dedicated to improving both yourself and your general biz skills.

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    TekBoyNY

    Thanks for the great advise!!!

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    Dr Dij

    take the training courses at IEEE (computer.org) or ACM (acm.org). they have the thousands of skillsoft and element-K courses which go for hundreds elsewhere basically free for the year while you are a member.

    Each is a bit over $100/year. browse their course catalog to see which you might want to join. and both look good on resume. even have local meetings.

    I've been taking project managment, VB, SAP and many other courses. THey have LOTS of m$ courses, some are actually by m$ (their course on reading xml for example).

    mindleaders is also good. a bit more but not alot more, they have a specific m$ course bundle you can buy, or a graphics art group (flash, photoshop, etc) and you can get cisco, java in another tech group.

    Secondly, download free trials, clear a month from your calendar of free time and actually use them.

    others like oracle you can download and keep using.

    the ieee and acm also have online books. I've read about DW - they have inmon, kimball books and others. included with subscription they have both safari.oreilly books and books24x7 subsets you can read online. This takes more concentration than watching TV but once I started reading inmon on dw I found his style incredibily 'readable'.

    Goto sites that you are interested in and run their product demos, read their lit, sign up for their webinars...

    m$ site has videos on how to use their products also.

    join user groups with specific to product you think you might like to use at work:

    tek-tips.com is one, hundreds of specific product problem groups, and ittoolbox another. read and see if their problems is something you might want to solve all day.

    And learn about non-IT stuff related to biz: communication, management, etc. mindleaders and the prof societies both have sections of courses dedicated to improving both yourself and your general biz skills.

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    TekBoyNY

    Thanks for the great advise!!!