Saying “It’s not what I do” can get you unemployed

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Jonathan continued to say that if you are currently highly skilled in a particular technology, keep your technical edge, but broaden your view by knowing how your technology fits into the larger technical picture.

If you are currently a technical generalist, use this wide knowledge base to your advantage by becoming the combination of a technology integrator and a technical switch hitter. That is to say, be the internal architect that helps define how various technologies seamlessly connect and then allow yourself to be deployed to work on the technology where you are needed the most.

Lastly, whether you are a generalist or specialist, new to the profession or very experienced, and/or interested in learning new technologies or not, learn about the business you serve. A non-technical IT megatrend that has taken the industry by storm is that IT leaders, and in turn their staffs, must be business-centric first and technology-centric second. If you are not, you are limiting your upward mobility, potentially making decisions that don’t align with your company’s vision, and may, in time, be replaced by someone who truly believes that IT exists to serve the business.

Jonathan Rider and his company Jetstream Consulting can be found at www.JetstreamConsulting.com.

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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