August 01, 2011, 6:10 PM —
Well, as the Bob Dylan song goes, “The Times They Are-A-Changin’”. That is to say, that in IT, more so than other professions, it’s possible to find a job anywhere in the world and do that job from wherever in the world you happen to be.
The job search mentality for the last 5,000 years or so has been to find a job near where you live, or where you want to live. The other rule of thumb during this same time has been if there are no jobs where you live, move where there are jobs.
In today’s flat world, as Thomas Friedman explained in his book “The World is Flat”, we now live in a global rather than local economy. Couple this concept with the increased willingness of companies to allow employees to telecommute and you have it. They may be hard to find, but there are a large number of IT related jobs nationwide or worldwide that could potentially be yours.
I’ll give you two small examples from my personal experience to illustrate this point. My company built a virtual training building in Second Life. We thought we could do the automation inside the building, but needed a company specializing in Second Life to help us design and build our classroom. The company we found was about 300 miles away and their team, included architects, software developers, interior designers, and others. They are literally located all around the world. I never met any them in person. If fact, many of them had never met in each other in person.
As a second example, I have spoken to people who provide customer technical support for large companies from the comfort of their home. I don’t think I should say the name of the company, but I’ll simply say if you heard the name you would know it. I learned this because whenever I call technical support for anything I always ask where they physically are. I asked this question one day and the answer I got was “In my basement with my new puppy.”
The trick for you is to analyze your skill set to define how the work you do can effectively be done remotely. Once defined, the world can be your workplace and your home can be your office.
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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