7 questions to ask yourself when selecting an industry for your next job

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7. Is there an industry that your skills are particularly suited for?
I know that you are a Java programmer, but beyond that, if your technical skills lean toward a specific area, such as mobile devices, real-time systems, website development, etc, these specific skills are more heavily valued and used in some industries more than others.

In closing, at the end of the day any industry can provide you with a great professional IT career. The trick is to find an industry that you like, where your skills and strengths are appreciated, and where you are fairly compensated.

If this is of value to you, I personally have two undergraduate degrees, one in accounting and one in computer systems. Professionally, I have spent the majority of my professional career working in IT within the financial services industry, and always on accounting and financial related systems. Over the years, even within the IT function, my background in accounting as been of great value to me because I was able to understand the business purpose of the software applications I was building.

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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