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Saturday, October 29, 2005

ChuckChat Interviews "MythBuster", Adam Savage

This Sunday, Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe of ChuckChat Technorama will release their interview with Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery series, MythBusters. It is an interview you won't want to miss. Learn the back story of how the MythBusters got their start and the crazy day-to-day adventures of investigating myths for a living.

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ChuckChat Technorama is a fellow member of Friends in Tech

Friday, October 28, 2005

Career-Op - The Roots of Change - October 28, 2005

In many businesses, technology is a two-headed beast. On the one side, it fosters innovation, productivity and income. On the other, it produces seismic change in business practices once thought stable, fosters discontent, and can even make a business obsolete. Succeeding in your high-tech career, and helping your company to succeed, requires deft handling of both sides of this equation You need to be constantly applying technology without ignoring those facets that could change the world beneath your feet.

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Putting down roots

As I was walking through my neighborhood the other day, I saw a very common sight. Along one street there are some very large, and very beautiful Ficus trees in the area between the sidewalk and the street. Despite their beauty, though, Ficus trees have very prominent and aggressive root systems. In several spots, these roots had disrupted the sidewalk cement, in some cases, lifting it up several inches and cracking it.

As I continued my walk, I began to see parallels between these roots and the way we deal with technology in our companies. We want the benefits of the trees and the beauty they bring to the street, just as we desire the benefits that technology brings to our businesses. Unfortunately, we seem determined to build our sidewalks up against the base of our trees, knowing full well what is going to happen. The roots will not stop and cannot be resisted, They will first raise the concrete and eventually destroy it, if allowed.

We often find the same problems in using technology in our businesses. We take wonderful new technology and saddle it with out-dated business practices, cumbersome bureaucracy and limited thinking. Just like the cement sidewalk, cracks soon appear. Left long enough, these cracks will lead to destruction...destruction of productivity and profits. Technology causes change as surely as the roots of a tree, slowly, day by day, week by week, it can crack apart your company, if you allow it.

Fighting the roots

Of course, many homeowners will try to fight the roots and the problems they cause. First, they might try to gloss over the problems with little ramps that attempt to prevent neighbors from tripping over the seams. Then they might become more aggressive and try to tear out the roots. Finally, they may remove the tree altogether. In extreme cases you will even see cities banning certain types of trees to prevent the problem from ever occurring. You will find the same types of battles being fought in corporate IT departments.

In some cases, companies try to ignore the fact that there is a problem altogether. You might hear them say, "That technology doesn't apply to us" or "Our industry is different." Meanwhile, their business is being destroyed beneath their feet. Technology can either destroy their business from within or without.

Perhaps a new piece of technology exposes inter-departmental squabbles or a new report shows up errors in accounting practices. Almost immediately, little fixes, like the ramps in the sidewalk, are thrown up to hide the problem, without truly solving it. In some extreme cases, a company might not recognize that a new technology is about to make them obsolete. They'll attempt to tweak their services and product lines, without really addressing the true issues. It is only when they see the total destruction that they realize the true source of their problems.

Finally, some companies simply ban certain technologies outright. They are unable to see the benefits the technology might provide. They only see the problems. If a technology threatens to be disruptive, in any way, they ignore or dismiss its usefulness. This is akin to tearing out the tree, no matter how beautiful it might be.

A better solution, in all these cases, is to carefully evaluate the technologies you use, and those that might be effecting your business from the outside and then adapt to them. Build your "sidewalk" farther away... use different, more flexible materials...plant different trees and shrubs. Don't ignore the problem; hoping it will go away, because I can guarantee that it will still be there, under your feet. waiting to crack and destroy everything you have so carefully constructed.

The Server Room of Horrors - A Friends in Tech Halloween Special

Fire up your MP3 player, turn down the brightness on your monitor and get ready for a techo-geek Halloween Special from Friends in Tech.

What ever happening to Mark, the Unix SysAdmin? Would you answer a "System Down" page on Halloween night? What do you really know about the hard-drinking janitor?

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Steve Pavlina on Using Patterns for Personal Development

I listened to this podcast today as I drove to a client in Malibu. Very good information and very good presentation. If you haven't heard of Steve before, check out his web site. There is a lot of print content, as well as the podcast. Personal Development for Smart People podcast #4

This podcast is a live recording of a 30-minute mini-seminar I presented in Las Vegas on Monday, titled "Using Patterns for Personal Development."

During the recording you'll hear references to a handout. I've included the complete text of that handout below, so you'll have the same support material the original audience had.

Here are some of the things you'll learn by listening:

Discover the three primary subconcious patterns of thinking and behaving, and observe them operating in your life right now.

Learn the three vulnerability points you can use to permanently break unwanted habits and addictions.

Use overwhelming force to eliminate resistance and establish new patterns to put your goals on autopilot.

Transform goal achievement from an uphill struggle into an easier, more relaxed feeling of flow.

Please Support Career Opportunities!

As you may have noticed, the advertisements that have been on the web site and in the podcast are now gone. With such a short podcast, advertisements running 30 seconds or more are hard to justify. I will be adding promos for other podcasts to the end of the show, but these should be easy to skip if you aren't interested and I am only doing this to promote shows I find useful or fun.

The past 3 months have brought in enough revenue to support the podcast for a limited time, so I would like to ask all of the readers and listeners to support Career Opportunities in any way possible. Due to increased listenership, it looks as if I will need to create a account to meet the download demand. Beyond my basic web hosting costs, this will be the first additional investment I have made in the podcast. I have been very lucky to have audio equipment donated by my friend, MIchael, but I am going to be starting a Career-Op interview series, so I am looking to pick up some portable equipment for that endeavor.

That said, any support for the podcast and the column is GREATLY appreciated. This support need not always take the form of cold, hard cash, either.

Ways to support Career Opportunities:

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Thanks for past support and any that you can offer in the future. As Career Opportunities continues its 9th year as a print column and 2nd year as a podcast, I want to let you all know that it has been a great pleasure to produce these columns and podcasts. It is one of the most fulfilling parts of my day.

Be well!

Friends in Tech Focuses on Technology Podcasting, Friendship and Fun

Friends in Tech Focuses on Technology Podcasting, Friendship and Fun

Friends in Tech (FiT), a new network of technology podcasters, announce the launch of their new website, combined discussion groups, and exclusive podcast content to include FiT Tips, a collection of short audio hints to help ease listener’s computer life, Retro-FiT, a regular podcast review of all Friends In Tech podcasts and, just in time for Halloween, a special entitled “The Server Room of Horrors,” a bit of light-hearted, technology-based, fun.

Bothell, WA (PRWEB) October 27, 2005 -- Friends in Tech (FiT), a new alliance of technology podcasters, have joined for the express purpose of cross-pollination, cross-promotion and, most importantly, fun. Today, with the launch of their new website, combined discussion groups and exclusive content, Friends in Tech makes “one out of many.”

Founder, Kevin Devin, host of In The Trenches: The Podcast for SysAdmins, personally selected the other Friends in Tech members, discovering in each of them a desire to provide their listeners with the best technology information while enjoying the fellowship of like-minded podcasters and the benefits that brings to all.

“We are an oxymoronic group of podcasters -- loose, but tight-knit -- individual, but also a cohesive group. Each podcast remains their own show, but with each helping fellow members however we can. Collectively, we each bring with us certain special talents. There are no "assigned" positions, we all pitch in where and when we can, for the mutual benefit of the group,” says Devin.

Friends in Tech members are regular guests on other members' podcasts, bringing their unique knowledge, talent and insights to a new audience of listeners. Members also join together to create exclusive content for the Friends In Tech website, including FiT Tips, a collection of short audio hints to help ease listener’s computer life, Retro-FiT, a regular podcast review of all Friends In Tech podcasts and, just in time for Halloween, a special entitled “The Server Room of Horrors,” a bit of light-hearted, technology-based, fun.

Despite their focus on technology, each Friends In Tech podcast provides a unique view of the high-tech world that surrounds everyday life. Together with Devin’s In The Trenches with co-host George Starcher (, fellow members include ChuckChat Technorama with Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe (, The Typical PC User podcast (, hosted by Victor Caijo, Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook ( with Douglas E. Welch, Steve Holden’s Tech Rag Tear-Outs and Tech Tidbits Daily ( and the Mike Tech Show with Mike Smith. (

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Career-Op - Have you ever felt the rain?

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From the Archives -- Originally published March 23, 2001

The Southern California winter may not bring much snow, except in the mountains, but it is our rainy season, with large storms rolling in out of the west. This year we are also experiencing a similar Winter in the high-tech world. Storms of company failures and associated layoffs are rolling in. You cannot control when you might suffer a layoff any more than you can control the weather, but you can control your reaction to a layoff to insure that you keep your career headed in the right direction.

Slow down

A common occurrence here in Los Angeles during our rainy season is the major increase in traffic accidents. It seems that from one Winter to the next, most Angelenos forget how to drive in the rain. Despite admonitions to "slow down" most drivers plow on blindly as if it were a brilliant summer day. This is why I would admonish you to "slow down" if you are laid off. Your initial reaction might be to jump into the next job that someone offers you. Don't. Unless you are under severe economic constraints you should take a few days or a week to put your former job behind you.

In some cases you may need to grieve about the lost possibilities of a failed company. Some of you may simply need a breather to recover from endless 18 hour days and a high-stress workplace. Still others may need to investigate their career choices and whether they need to adjust their career goals to find a more fulfilling job.

Fixing a hole

Just as the rainy season can point out flaws in homes and offices, the current round of layoffs can point out areas of your career that you may have ignored or, at the very least, left uncultivated.

For example, it can be very difficult to get letters of recommendation from people once layoffs have dispersed staff members. You should be cultivating connections with your co-workers like gathering email addresses that will still be valid after a layoff, asking for, receiving and offering to write recommendation letters, and outlining possible partnerships that might be beneficial in the future.

Too often we ignore these necessary tasks when the career weather is good, only to race to catch-up when the rains come. Even worse, as we all know, the costs to correct problems are exaggerated when you are in the middle of a crisis. Imagine trying to have your roof repaired during the height of a major rainstorm.

Even if you feel secure in your current job and company, now is the time to "check your roof for leaks." Take a few minutes to think about what might happen if your company were to suddenly fail or undergo layoffs. Have you made the preparations mentioned above? Have you re-evaluated your happiness with your current career choice? Making these preparations now will allow you to think clearly instead of merely reacting to the crisis when it occurs.

It's only rain

Too often a layoff can cause you to fall into a depression. You take the layoff as a personal affront showing that you are somehow unworthy or flawed. You must remember, though, that it is just like the rain. You have as little control over the weather as you have over your own layoff. Unless you are a principal in the company i.e. a CEO, President, etc. , you can only do the best work possible and help the principals achieve their stated goals. You should not, under any circumstances, take a layoff personally. You did your best, but were felled by insurmountable odds in the marketplace, lack of funding or poor management, items which you simply could not control.

The rains return to Southern California every year and layoffs will always fall into their own cycle. Think about the possibility of the coming Winter and what you will do insure that the "roof" of your career doesn't spring a leak -- at the worst possible moment.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Two Recent Comments...

In case you missed them, we have 2 recent comments on past columns.

See Balancing Act

See The Exasperated Sigh

Where in the world are Career-Op readers and listeners?

In an effort to get to know you all better, I have started a Career-Op map over at This service allows you to place yourself on the map, include a picture and a small shout-out to the Career-Op Community.

Check out our Frappr!

Link: Career-Op Reader/Listener Map at

Monday, October 24, 2005

Who says a bug doesn't really matter?

If those around you dismiss the issues surrounding buggy software, show them this news story. While your programs might not be in control of prisoner release dates, they have an impact far beyond what you might realize. If they provide faulty data that everyone in the company uses to make decisions, you could, single-handedly, be responsible for the downfall of an entire corporation. Still think bugs don't matter? You might want to look for another line of work.

Computer Glitch Lets Prisoners Out Early

A State audit shows a computer glitch let some Michigan prisoners get out early. That audit shows the State Department of Corrections is only moderately effective when it comes to accurate prisoner release dates.

The State audit report shows errors in the release dates of 23 prisoners between October 2003 and March 2005. S ome were let out early, while others were let out late. Either way, the computer flaw that led to the problem leaves 1 lawmaker concerned.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Career-Op - Balancing Act

By Douglas E. Welch

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October 21, 2005

Many years ago, when I was still working in a corporate IT department, there was one pernicious problem that seemed to have no solution. Each day was a constant battle to balance the needs of the department workers, our clients, with the mandates and requirements of corporate IT. It is a fairly typical situation where clients want the opportunity to test and implement every new piece of technology that comes along while the IT department is doing its best to standardize and leverage the use of technology throughout the entire operation so that departments and divisions can communicate and work well together. In my particular case, it was a simple matter of fact that the biggest issues I would face each day were somehow related to this almost impossible balancing act. Unfortunately, the passage of years has not made the problem magically disappear. It is still with us today.

All to blame

There is no single cause of this out-of-balance situation. In fact, there is enough blame to go around for everyone involved, no matter how large the company. Both sides contribute to the problem. IT departments can become draconian in their control over technology, putting standardization and compliance before all else, even when it harms productivity. Clients can become enamored with highly specialized hardware and software that defies integration into the corporate workflow. In some cases, data can become"trapped" by the system and rendered unusable elsewhere.

Nearly all these problems arise from a lack of understanding between these competing elements. Neither one listens to, nor particularly cares about, the needs of the other. They are focused on their own needs and how they can best achieve them. Unfortunately, it is only by working together that the company can thrive. Sure, many companies can limp along with IT departments that conflict with their clients, but I don't think these companies, or their employees, can ever reach their true potential.

What IT can do?

So, as an IT staffer for an IT client, what are you to do? Regardless of where you stand, you need to try and think of those around you and how you might best calm the roiled waters.

As an IT staffer, you need to fulfill your role of standardization, maintenance and control, but you also need to use every opportunity to embrace new technologies that can bring productivity gains to your company and research how they might integrate into your current systems. This is not to say you immediately adopt every new technology, but you must remain aware of change in the tech industry and the industry of your company. Ideally, you should be introducing your clients to new technologies long before they feel the need to develop their own solutions. If you are constantly feeling "railroaded" by your clients, it is a clear sign that your standardization/innovation scale is out of balance. Providing exceptional service is the one sure way to keep your clients on your side.

What can clients do?

If you are a IT client in a large corporation, there are a couple of ways of improving your relations with the IT department. Firstly, if you want to bring a new technology into the company, you will find that a little "selling" can go a long way. Once you have identified a useful technology, you need to spell out the benefits to your own individual department, but also to the company as a whole. Do this research early, so that you have a good case when you finally try to bring IT into the loop.

Even with a bit of selling, though, you are bound to experience a certain amount of "pushbac"; from the IT department, even when the benefits might seem clear to you and others. There are several reasons for this. IT staffers might feel that this will increase their, already heavy, workload. They might be embarrassed that they didn’t discover or present this possible solution first. These human nature issues must be taken into account and addressed or they will be taken out on the technology.

Create ways to partner with IT on new technologies. Make sure they are on your side before you try to make the technology a critical part of your business. Give them an opportunity to share the glory and they can smooth your path dramatically.

Of course, sometimes you may be working with an IT department so rigid that they will put roadblocks in your way. If you are faced with this type of situation you need to make some difficult decisions. If you believe you have the political power to go toe-to-toe with IT management, you might be able to force your wishes. Whether you succeed or fail, though, you will be dealing with the consequences for years to come. It is so much easier to seek out some sort of common ground with the IT department, in most cases. Sure, it might still be a bit difficult, but the benefits to all will be worth it.

Balancing the needs of IT departments and their clients is never easy and often fraught with animosity, but these obstacles can be overcome. Cultivate understanding between these two groups at every opportunity. Involve them in all technology decisions so that everyone, the IT department, the clients, the company, benefits.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

See, even Einstein knew...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Career-Op - O' Captain, My Captain

Throughout our lives, both personally and professionally, we look for a captain; someone to guide us through the storms and bring us safely to home port again. We want this captain to be ever vigilant, ever watchful and skillful beyond measure; someone to protect us and automatically know when the ship is off-course and in danger. Sometimes, though, serving under such a captain, either on-board or in your high-tech career can lead you to underestimate your own skills.

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A bit of FiT fun for Halloween

This is a trailer for a bit of fun coming soon from Friends in Tech. All geeks know that there is little more frightening than a darkened server room and your weird co-workers.

Look for the full production coming the night before Halloween!

Listen to the trailer!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Career-Op Extra - 10/17/05

Some information on this month's interesting blog posts, reader/listener feedback and an announcement of the new, combined, Friends In Tech forums.

Visit the forums and register to win a copy of the print edition of the High-Tech Career Handbook.

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In The Trenches....again!

I was a guest on In The Trenches with Kevin Devin last night, discussing several high-tech career topics. I join in about halfway through this show. Here is Kevin's description of the show. Check it out for an extra dose of Career Opportunities this week.
More, more, more... more scripting and more on surviving a merger

George and I were joined by Douglas E. Welch from Career Opportunities: The High Tech Career Handbook and essentially had a tech chat. George provides another script as a tool for a "poor-man's active directory" or perhaps even a "poor-man's SMS." And finally, we kick around issues surrounding surviving a merger. A follow on to a tech chat we had a few months ago on this very topic.

(Via In the Trenches.)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Career-Op - Traits of a Good Leader

What makes a good leader? You need to know -- not only so you can become a good leader yourself -- but so you can work for good leaders. When you are just starting out in your high-tech career, finding someone who can give you the benefit of their experience should be one major factor in your job decisions. Working for a bad leader might be instructive, as well, but the experience is sure to be much more painful.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Looking for a new job... are not alone, according to this reported quoted in WorthWhile Magazine.

Two-thirds looking for a new job by Curt Rosengren in Passionate Work

Are you giving some thought to finding a new job? If you are you're in good company, according to a recent survey by the University of Phoenix. The survey, which polled close to 2500 workers in various industries, found that two-thirds of them are on the lookout for a new job.

(Via Worthwhile.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More on Radical Careering from

Author Sally Hogshead provides some more Radical Careering insights via You can download this PDF manifesto directly from their site.

"Stuck in a career rut? No way out? Lob a cherry bomb! "Cherry bombs are quick but explosive ideas that startle a situation out of paralysis. Bursts of thinking to create change within you, or around you."

Downlaod the PDF

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Career-Op - High-Tech Hybrids

Reader letters over the last year have had me thinking about the exact definition of a high-tech career. Just a few years ago it would have been easier to describe. If you worked in high-tech you were either a programmer, in network management or tech support. Today, though, as technology has crept further and further into our everyday lives, high-tech workers might show up anywhere in a business, with titles not necessarily reflecting their high-tech work. These "hybrids" have combined their technical skills with other talents and created an entirely new group of high-tech workers. Even more, these new hybrid jobs might become the future of all high-tech work.

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Friends in Tech (FiT) Combined Forums Now Available

The Friends in Tech (FiT), including Career Opportunities, have launched their combined forums for all FiT shows. These forums provide areas for feedback, questions and discussion for all Friends in Tech (FiT) shows in one, easy-to-use location.

Please join us at and join in the fun!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Douglas on "In The Trenches"

The audio version of my book review for Radical Careering appears today in In The Trenches with Kevin Devin. This is part of the Friends In Tech association of podcasts I mentioned in my Career-Op Extra show on Thursday.

A little on forensics, a book review, and a LOT of listener feedback

This one was a fun one… based largely on listener feedback and questions, I have to say it made for a much easier week of creating content. So if you’ve got questions… send them on. We’ll tackle them the best we can, and if we don’t know the answer, there’s a good chance that other listeners might.

George shares some updated products for forensics work, Douglas Welch from over at Career Opportunities, Your High Tech Career Handbook, provides a nice book review that you all might want to check out. Steve Holden from over at Tech News Radio also provides a nice Tech Tool Tip. Many thanks to both of these Friends in Tech Members! Be sure to check their casts out too.

(Via In the Trenches.)

25 Words That Can Hurt Your Resume

If you are haven't updated your resume in a while (and why haven't you?) take a look at this good blog post before you begin. I have often written about the need to "tell a good story" in a resume and this information seems to dovetail nicely with that. Replace vague and virtually meaningless phrases with concise stories about what you did on a daily basis.

25 Words That Can Hurt Your Resume

So, you're experienced? Before you advertise this in your resume, be sure you can prove it.

Often, when job seekers try to sell themselves to potential employers, they load their resumes with vague claims that are transparent to hiring managers, according to Scott Bennett, author of "The Elements of Resume Style" (AMACOM). By contrast, the most successful job seekers avoid these vague phrases on their resumes in favor of accomplishments.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Great Quote!

Franklin McMahon, over at the has this great quote in Episode 43 of Media Artist Secrets podcast.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

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Podcasting: The power of your own personal radio station

I am starting to promote podcasting presentations for musicians, songwriters and others in the music business. This information could easily apply to anyone who is trying to "get the word out" about their services or products. If you, or anyone you know would be interested in such a presentation for their group or company, please pass along this information and have them contact me directly at:

Imagine running your own radio station where you control the music and the message. Imagine that you could automatically deliver your show directly to your fan's computer and MP3 player, where they can listen to it, whenever and wherever they want.

There is no need to imagine any longer. This is the reality of podcasting -- and what makes it every musician's new best marketing tool.

Douglas E. Welch, independent computer consultant, technology writer, podcaster and amateur musician explains the basics of podcasting, what it means to you as an independent artist and how to get started today.

The great news is, in most cases, singers, songwriters and musicians don’t need much more than their music and a web site to get started. Their first podcast can be released in days, not weeks or months, opening up an entirely new avenue of communication with their fans.

The recent inclusion of a podcast directory and podcast support in Apple's free iTunes music software means that anyone, from the high-tech kid down the block, to Grandma in her hometown can easily receive your content and enjoy it on their schedule, not when some program director decides to play it.

Douglas Welch can give your members the basics of podcasting, including a question and answer session in a 30, 60 or 90 minute presentation.


Douglas E. Welch

Podcasting 101 Highlights -- What your members will learn about podcasting

* What is podcasting?

* Why you should be podcasting today?

* Blogging and podcasting, 2 great things that go great together

* What do you need to get started?

* How often should you produce a podcast?

* Does podcasting require and iPod? ... and other myths

* Publicizing your podcast

* Podcasting costs

Douglas E. Welch is a 20 veteran of the high-tech world, including 5 years as a Senior Microcomputer Analyst at Walt Disney Imagineering. For the last 9 years, he has been an independent computer consultant and freelance technology writer. His weekly column, Career Opportunities: The High-Tech Career Handbook is now in its 9th year with ComputorEdge magazine in San Diego, California. Douglas also hosts and produces the Career Opportunities podcast twice-weekly. He was one of a handful of podcasting pioneers and the Career Opportunities podcast recently celebrated its 100th show and 1 year anniversary. Both the columns and the podcast can be found at

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Career-Op - Entry Level or Dead End

We all had to start our high-tech career somewhere. The usual entry point within most companies was. and still is, the help desk. It is here we learn our craft, creating solutions out of research, hard work and our own creativity. After spending some time "in the trenches", we move out into different areas of the organization, creating specialties and building our knowledge further. Of course, this is an idealistic view and one that is being threatened by companies who seem intent on keeping help desk staff on the help desk instead of helping them grow.

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Career-Op Extra - 10/6/05

For the podcast listeners who might not read this blog regularly, here is some news and information about the podcast.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Career-Op - Mentoring

Today's children have grown up with computers much like my generation grew up with television. They don't know of a time before there were affordable personal computers. This easy access to computers leads a lot of kids today into thinking about computer careers. Even though they have grown up with computers, though, many of them are still looking for people to help them navigate the confusing world of computer careers. This is where we can all help.

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