Monday, January 09, 2006

Decided and Moving on

If you decide that management is for you, don't continue to pursue technical education. Instead, pursue management skills. Learn about negotiation, project management, risk management, improve your communication and presentation skills. Dress better. Get to know your peers. Invite them to dinner. Play golf.

If you decide to pursue a technical career, learn about the technologies that interest you. Seek certifications. Learn how to implement those technologies. Share that information with others. Advocate for the use of those technologies.

If you decide to pursue a career in business analysis, educate yourself in the relevant business topics. This can be industry specific. Learn accounting. Learn manufacturing. Learn about the company you work for. Learn business process management.

If you decide to pursue a career in application systems analysis, focus on system techniques. Learn about database design and technologies. Learn about programming languages and algorithms.

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