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Nov 25 2009   5:41PM GMT

The Holiday Season Is Here: Time for Planning & Reflection

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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 ahead.

In this traditionally quiet time of year, it’s always a good time to think about where you are in your career and job development process right now, and where you’d like to be. As you’re giving thanks for such blessings as 2009 has seen fit to deliver, it’s also time to start thinking about what’s coming in 2010, and to do what you can to make sure you get the goodies and rewards to which you are so richly entitled, as you plot our your career plans and progress in the months and year ahead.

I’m going to be blogging about a number of topics traditional for this sometimes reflective time of year, as opportunities to think things over and to try to figure out how best to steer your course in the upcoming year will undoubtedtly present themselves. If anybody has anything they’d like to add or request, please post a comment to this blog. Otherwise, I’ll be chewing on and writing about the following subjects:

  • Career development through technical training and coursework
  • Pros and cons of IT certification
  • A call to think about and improve your soft skills
  • Is “Back to school” for a(nother) degree a good plan for you?
  • Project and people management open doors to career advancement

In the meantime, I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving, and enjoy your time away from the usual grind. My very best wishes for a great holiday, from me and my family to you and yours.

–Ed Tittel–

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