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Jan 1 2008   3:04AM GMT

Career horoscope: Taurus 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Taurus, the bull
Your 2008 keyword is SOA

Taurus, your astrological position at work this year is that of the systems architect. Your skills are in high demand, for you belong to a small group of people who are able to see the system as a whole. In 2008, you will be called upon once again to do your juggling act while helping others fight fires.

Last year may have left you exhausted and cynical. You were no doubt asked to focus your attention on tasks you didn’t sign up for. You may have been frustrated dealing with bottlenecks you had no control over. Perhaps you even began looking for another job.

This year you begin to realize that even though you can’t prevent the bottlenecks, you do have the power to change how much importance you place on them. If the system is functioning at an acceptable level, do you really need to beat yourself up over the small stuff? Your pride in your work makes you want to do everything perfectly. You tend to think in black and white. This year, learn to appreciate the shades of grey.

Your success in 2008 will depend on your ability to redirect your attention and trust in your own abilities. You have the power, don’t give it away. You don’t need to burn bridges, you simply need to be more open to letting others shoulder responsibilities. Think about outsourcing non-critical tasks. Look at third-party solutions with an open mind. Take time to look at what’s going on in the clouds. You really don’t have to do everything all by yourself.

2008 will be a good year for you to go after that advanced degree or certification. Or perhaps you will have the opportunity to do a workshop or conference session. When opportunities of this kind present themselves, jump on them. Channel your creativity into ideas that provide service to others. As you focus more on communicating your vision, you’ll reap rich rewards, both financial and spiritual. Your struggles in 2007 helped you develop a unique skill set that others need. Don’t discount how important this is.

Your keyword this year is service-oriented architecture. In 2008, you will thrive by helping others on your own terms. Be proactive about offering your help. You’ll find it extremely satisfying — and it will help put all the annoying small stuff in perspective.

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