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Other clients/projects I work with right now include: General technology and social media help for a few entrepreneurs and small organizations, I serve as a Virtual-CIO for a small business in Arizona, and another SQL Server database project.
I mention this so you can a feel that I am not an career theorist. My goal this next year is to write at least 1 other book, do some public speaking, and continue to develop the music side of what I do.
I enjoy what I do and am generally an unrelenting optimist.
As any questions about me, careers, broader objectives, and even training your dog if you would like. :-D
Some general ideas...
Don't be a hammer/nail contractor/technologist
What I mean by this, is that a contractor does not call himself a hammer and nail contractor. He is a contractor and those are his tools. I like that you refer to yourself as a "System's Analyst" who is mostly doing Java. A lot of developers who did older languages found both mentally and professionally passed by. In his head he was a "Cobol Programmer". And that is how he was seen. (he- generic). That is like saying I am a hammer and nail contractor. "You mean, you cannot help us if a drill is needed." - Technology is not about the tool but about the solutions you build with it.
No job makes a career. No job breaks a career.
Don't freak out if you take a job that is not ideal. Learn what you can, add value where you can, and find a new one. Moving jobs 2-3 times rapidly is not really a problem. Especially early. Find the right place. And early on, the right place might not be based on pay...although that is a factor. It might be based on opportunity to learn and exposure to various technologies.
It's always about your employer
Be obsessive about adding value. If you feel under-appreciated, that's maybe a drag but in in the end, don't let that alter your pursuit of adding value. You can always find a new arrangement but you adjusting the value you provide based on what they pay you is bad practice. You'll never go to sleep at night after adding value to an organization and think, "I did the wrong thing."
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Michael Getz wrote:Thanks for that bit of advice. I notice myself making the claim to hammer and nail more often than not. I need to work on that. Most of that stems from how specific my course work in college was to Java and that my first career involves it heavily. I do work on the side to broaden my horizon but other less familiar technologies do have a tendency to scare me.
Unfortunately, there is no way to split this -- as the question has been answered. And it was followed by another question, which I did split off. Keep in mind that posts in this welcome topic do not qualify for an entry in the drawing. Sorry.
I do specific mention the forums here and typing my fingers off this morning..
No worries though.. It's better than the oft-used and at times appropriate, Moron.. or the magical appearance of the "g" turning me into "Morgan".
Thanks for inviting me and all the great questions. Looking forward to more.