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November, 2009


November 29, 2009  10:31 PM

The Year In Review, A Plan for the New



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 personal review, 2010 career planning, IT career planning, IT careers

As I mentioned in my last blog, with the end of the year now plainly in sight, it's time to take stock of what 2009 has brought (and taken away, alas, for many of us). It's also time to start thinking about what 2010 might have in store, and planning to make the most of such opportunities as may...

November 25, 2009  5:41 PM

The Holiday Season Is Here: Time for Planning & Reflection



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training and coursework, pondering another degree, project and people management opens doors to career advancement, working on soft skills

Wow! How this year has zoomed past. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and like me, I'm sure a lot of you have the same kinds of plans for that day: a house full of people, lots of food, good conversation, and the occasional ball game. But as the holiday season winds up, remember that a new year lies just...


November 23, 2009  5:30 PM

Light at the End of the Tunnel on IT Employment?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT 2010 employment outlook, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment outlook, SMB to lead job creation and economic recovery in 2010

In last week's blog about the Hackett Group's take on IT employment, I may have focused too much on the negatives and not enough on the positives. With 2009 nearly...


November 22, 2009  9:32 PM

Going to College Is One Thing, Graduating Entirely Another



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, associate degree, bachelor's degree, community college, continuing education, IT career development, IT careers

This morning, while driving my son to the park on an expedition to feed some local ducks, I tuned into a program on my local college station (KUT) that dealt with issues in getting students who attend community college to graduate and move on to...


November 21, 2009  10:26 PM

Microsoft Defines Developer Learning Paths



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, Microsoft development environment, MS development learning paths, MS development roles

On November 16, MS Learning stalwart Ken Rosen posted an interesting blog on Microsoft's Born to Learn. Entitled "New Developer...

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November 21, 2009  10:07 PM

Hackett Study: 2009 Hurts Worst, But More IT Cuts Ahead



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment forecast, IT employment situation, IT jobs down at biggest companies through 2014

In a recent (11/16/09) report, the Hackett Group  forecasts that 3.6 million back office jobs will be eliminated by 2014 at companies with $1B or more in 2008 Revenue. The bulk of those cuts (2.2 million) will fall in the period between 2008 and 2014. For 2008 and 2009, cuts come to 964,000, so...


November 16, 2009  4:37 PM

MCITP Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Tech Cert Takes Shape



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP Win7 EDST almost ready, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685 almost ready

Last week, Erwin Chan posted about this emerging Windows 7 certification to the Born to Learn blog. While the complete and final requirements have yet to...


November 13, 2009  6:00 PM

Reverse Outsourcing? Hmmm….



Posted by: Ed Tittel
developing name recognition, IT career developing, IT career planning, IT careers, making freelance work pay, reverse IT outsourcing

As some of you probably know already, I make a sizable and even sometimes substantial part of my living writing computing books. Recently, I've been roped into contributing a book for a series of titles at the behest of a global training organization that goes by the name of the National Institute...


November 11, 2009  9:37 PM

Online Degrees Worthwhile?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT education, IT education online, online IT education, University of Phoenix online degrees

The other day I got an e-mail from David F of Tuscaloosa, AL, that read as follows:

I was recently reviewing some of your writings and used something of yours in an assignment (properly cited of course). I am currently taking classes online through the University of Phoenix working...


November 9, 2009  2:57 PM

Do Temp Job Upswings Lead the Permanent Job Market?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, increase in temp jobs may lead employment recovery, IT employment, IT employment trends, October 2009 employment situation summary

Numerous observers of the employment scene (and the regular monthly US BLS Employment Situation Summary) noticed a potential ray of sunshine in last week's otherwise gloomy report — namely, an upswing of 34,000 temporary jobs. Some analysts view this kind of activity as a market predictor, which...


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