Career advice: Keeping up with the industry

A Premier 100 IT Leader also has advice on getting your company to perform a market adjustment for IT salaries

By Daniel Wakeman, Computerworld |  Business, career advice

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Daniel Wakeman

Title: Vice president and CIO

Company: Educational Testing Service

Wakeman is this month's Premier 100 IT Leader, answering questions about keeping up to date, lobbying for a market adjustment of salary, and more. If you have a question you'd like to pose to one of our Premier 100 IT Leaders, send it to askaleader@computerworld.com .

What is the single best way to keep up with changes in our industry? By being involved. Participation in standards bodies, governance groups, IT networking groups and/or developing solutions are excellent ways for CIOs to stay in touch. Get an iPad and/or an Android device, and be involved in social media of all types. Set up news feeds from thought leaders such as Computerworld and others. Another option I have used is study tours where we visit leading technology companies such as Microsoft , Google , Apple and Cisco .

Several years ago I was hired into my company with a lower starting salary than job averages in my area. At the time, the economy was starting to sink, and I knew I was lucky to be getting hired anywhere, so I don't blame my employer for that. I just couldn't say no at the time.


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