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Technology is omni-present...where to fo

By ted ·
Which way do I point my compass?

I enjoy all types of technology, but I'm afraid to choose in fear that it will be obsolete and I'll be retooling before I know it.

SAP, ERP, Rational Rose, Java, Linux, XML, B2B, various industries and the listgoes on. Endless hour searching the web, reading trade journals and each day I find more choices and more opportunites.

Has anyone been through this? How did you point your compass?

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by avachon In reply to Technology is omni-presen ...

Hi, I actually changed careers, and one thing I did was attend "overviews" of areas at training centers. However, you can attend many and still have little direction. Ask yourself some questions: would you like to write and troubleshoot code? Do youhave an eye for that detail? patience? Or do you prefer the "big picture" (e.g., network design, though still detailed of course). Skills always need to be updated, but you need a base which certifications provide (mcse, mcsd, A+, Network+, etc.). You can search microsoft's training section of its website (and novell) or take a free class or 2 or 3 at www.leapit.com (many types of courses). Until you get into an area and explore beyond trade journals, etc. your direction will probably remain hazy. Invest those hours in some free training to align your compass. Get a grounding before you look at more advanced areas such as ERP. I wish you the best of luck.

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by James_Randy In reply to Technology is omni-presen ...

"Technology", in and of itself, isn?t really anything. Granted, technology has, to say the least, revolutionized how we do literally everything. But it has to have something to work for, so to speak. Ask yourself this: What would I want to do in theabsence of all technology? Sales, architecture, publishing, legal, teaching, the list goes on and on. Find that one thing that you can passionately pursue, and pursue it. But you are in a unique position to apply your technological interests and skills to pursue it with even more vigor. All of the individual details you ask about will become self-evident once your journey begins. If you?re unsure about that which you can passionately pursue, ask yourself this: What would I do upon waking in the morning if I had no restraints whatsoever (money, time, location, etc.) Therein lies your answer. Your internal compass is always pointing towards your dreams. Simply follow it.

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by jdroland In reply to Technology is omni-presen ...

1000 points, wow. Since my crystal ball is on the blink, I've hd to do a little guessing as well. Currently I'm stuck between Oracle and Cisco. Your list is a little larger and more vague than mine. I've got the little pieces of paper that say I'm certified or can at least study and take a test for both, but I'm mentally unable to specialize in both because I haven't the capacity to excel on both simultaneously. My selection of those two was done by guessing at where the market was going.Obviously bigger bandwidth is inevitable and undebatable, so I researched not only the market share, but also reviewed the acutal routers and found Cisco did seem to have a technoilogical edge over it's cometitors as well as a larger market share. The same went for Oracle. Oracle has been successful in getting their grubby little fingers into all of the tech cracks and they aren't letting go to anyone. Databases are the way we store our info, so they aren't going away, nor is the bandwidth required to get to tho

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by Wayne M. In reply to Technology is omni-presen ...

Pick what interests you and go with it. Yes technology changes, but old technology doesn't necessarily go away. COBOL is still around after all these years. Oracle and SQL will be around for years to come. The same with C, C++, Java, HTML, etc.You will never know all the details of the latest technologies; you will just have to pick them up when you need them. Most useful computer programs have a life time of 10+ years, so there is almost always demand for older skills. Add a little bitof new stuff now and then and you can maintain your career for life.

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by bpalmer In reply to Technology is omni-presen ...

First things first. I think everyone that has anything to do with the it industry, and many who don't, have wrestled with this vary question. Second. Retooling isn't always a bad thing. As you go through your career you'll fiond many employers see this as a positive. It means your willing to learn/try new things and it also means that you know more than just one skill, which just about always makes you more valuable.

I started out with an A.A. in computer science (programming). Long story short I'm now working as a net admin. I do programming now and I wonder how I could have ever wanted to do that... so tedious and time consuming to do the simplest of tasks... Still I find the programming knowledge has been invaluabel to me on several occasions as a net admin, and not just for creating scripts... So my advice, try out a couple things that interest you and find out what you really like. Then follow that path as far as it will take you. If you get bored or change your mind along the way, no

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