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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 6, 2009  3:09 PM

As Expected, US Unemployment Tops 10% Mark



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, November 2009 employment situation, US BLS November 09 employment situation

Today's the first Friday of the month, and that means that it's also the day that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its "Employment Situation Summary" for the preceding month (October, in this case). As expected,...


November 2, 2009  5:07 PM

GDP Up, But Employment Keeps Dropping



Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with IT job loss, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT employment situation, IT skills development

If I understand things correctly a recession is considered to be over when a quarterly GDP report returns to positive terrritory. With a forecast return for this quarter to a positive growth rate, by some metrics that means the recession is over. But that probably explains why About.com includes...


October 28, 2009  5:07 PM

MS, Prometric Team Up to Offer Student Exam Discounts



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam discounts for students, MS certification

What with Prometric being Microsoft's primary global testing center operator nowadays, I guess the two companies simply had to team up to make their recent "learn.grow.succeed" program workable. Here's the...


October 23, 2009  4:21 PM

Thinking About Presentation Skills in IT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
developing IT Presentation skills, IT career development, IT careers, IT Presentation skills, presentation skills, soft skills, soft skills development

On Wednesday, I posted a mini-review of Alan Carroll's book The Broadband Connection, which aims to help IT professionals prepare, deliver, and manage...


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