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I suppose that there are those that believe that they learned everything that they needed to know in life in high school or college.  I tend to think that you make yourself a more well-rounded individual by continually updating your professional education by attending seminars, reading books and taking classes.  One of my goals is to be a lifelong learner.

Since this blog is about job searching, certainly one of my objectives is to learn to make me a more valuable potential employee.  I want to continue to learn the skills that future employers are looking for. For IT people like us there are many different career paths to choose from.  Maybe you are a programmer?  Perhaps you run the network?  No matter your specialty, you have to continue learning to keep your skills sharp to excel in your profession.

I’ve been able to reinvent myself from a network operations manager to an IT Project Manager by setting my mind to studying project management methodologies.  There is a certification that I obtained about four years ago called PMP (Project Management Professional).  It is a highly recognized certification for project managers from the Project Management Institute (pmi.org).  With this certification I’ve been able to find jobs in project management.  It is a different type of IT career.  It is one of solving business problems through the use of technology and working with the end users to define and build systems, and we track its progress through project management.

In addition to learning for the job, I’d encourage you to do something fun for yourself.  I’ve got a friend that is taking virtual classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights to learn more about investing.  Personally, I’ve been taking a Conversational Spanish course on Thursday nights.  I took a little Spanish in high school and college and built up some vocabulary, but never felt like I knew sentence structure well enough to talk to somebody in Spanish.  Now, after about 12 weeks I think I could probably travel to Mexico and “get by” with some basic phraseology around the hospitality establishments – airport, hotel, restaurants, etc.

Whatever you do, take the time to improve your skills, whether for work or for fun and keep learning new things!

Your comments at the bottom of the page are always welcome.  You can also write to me at my email address below and I’ll get back to you.  Best of luck to you on your search!

Thank you!

The Laid Off IT Guy!
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