Information Technology: A Great Career 18 You should also consider jobs that have geographic significance. Managing outsourced projects, working to train and support technology staff at smaller organizations, onsite integration of technol- ogy, and others provide clues as to which jobs will remain within your country. In summary, you will find that more strategic roles and those requiring communication with staff and management tend to remain within the country. Later, should you plan to take your skills into a larger organization, the more comprehensive skills will help you. You will, quite simply, provide more value. Conclusion After reading this chapter, you can see that careers in information technology still offer tremendous opportunity. However, it is critical that you position yourself as a value-add to your organization. It is not enough to be technically proficient; you must master the entire skill set. It is also important that you compare your career and future potential in light of other professions and the time needed to build a similarly profitable career. Do not buy into the "get 20 weeks of training and you'll be at the earning's pinnacle" mentality. This will lead to discouragement and bitterness. View your technology career in the same way you would any career--for its long-term potential and personal satisfaction. Actions & Ideas 1. Create your vision of value: What makes you valuable? _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ 2. 3. _______________________________________________________________ Use the Career Concepts Goal Sheet that you can find on the CD-ROM accompanying this book to define what you want in a career in IT. Identify fears that you have with tackling an IT career. Then think of two actions to compensate each fear or anxiety. Action--with directed focus--is great at dispelling anxiety. _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ 4. Of those reasons why IT is a great career, which appeal to you? Rank them and think about why. Do you see your reasoning changing in the next 5 to 10 years? _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________