I've been seeing some very contradictory news on the IT jobs front lately.
Some of that news seems very positive. For example, in "IT Jobs and Salaries on the Rise, According to Recent Reports," William Frierson writes that "It’s a great time to be in IT... Growth of IT jobs in several sectors shot up 4.6 percent nationally in the last year..." He further writes that "And the good news keeps coming. With demand for IT professionals actually surpassing supply, starting salaries are on the rise to lure more people to fill available jobs..."
But, positive as that news sounds, I think the bulk of the news I'm seeing paints a far less positive picture.
In "IT Hiring Growth Slows For Third Month In A Row," Jenny Thomas writes that "We are not even to summer yet and the hopeful prognostications of 2013 being the year of the rebound in the IT jobs market is melting away faster than the winter snow. The good folks at Janco Associates, who keep a close eye on IT industry trends, are reporting slow growth in IT hiring for the third month in a row... Now we are in May, and looking back at the just-completed month of April we see the news is the same: Fewer new jobs for IT professionals."
That's a pretty dire outlook. And, much as I'd like to weigh in with the positive news I first quoted, I'm seeing far more stories on the slowdown in IT hiring than on an uptick.So what options do you really have?
Well, you could always bag tech, and try to find something more stable, with higher growth.
But you're not going to do that. You enjoy what you do. And you'd be bored out of your mind in a professional that didn't have the constant challenges and opportunities for growth that you find in IT.
So you need to do something that may feel pretty challenging to you.You need to look at your own career with the same strategic focus you use to build systems and deliver critical initiatives.
First, you need to focus on where you are.
What are the most critical threats to you current job? To your long term career prospects? What can you do to address those threats?
Second, you need to focus on what you bring to the table. What are your most important technical and interpersonal skills? What do you do better than your peers? What do you really bring to the table?
Third, you need to focus on where you want to be. In 18 months? 3 years? 10 years?
Because if you don't have a strategic plan for your career, the news your likely to be hearing is, unfortunately, not positive. As George Harrison said, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." So you need to give where you're going some deep thought, if you want to have a better than average chance of getting there.
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