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Building Your I.T. Career: A Complete Toolkit for a Dynamic Career in Any Economy, 2nd edition

  • Matthew Moran

Published by Pearson IT Certification (February 22nd 2013) - Copyright © 2013

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Building Your I.T. Career: A Complete Toolkit for a Dynamic Career in Any Economy

ISBN-13: 9780132978231

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Overview

Table of contents

Introduction

Part I: Your Career

Chapter 1: The Toolkit Approach to Career Development

Justifying the Need for an I.T. Toolkit

Actions & Ideas

Chapter 2: Career Building Defined

The Danger of a Tool-Driven Mindset

A Job Is Not a Career

    Perspectives on Career Development: Careers Are Nonlinear

    Perspectives on Career Development: A Working Plan Makes Tedious or Unrewarding Jobs Bearable

Conclusion

Actions & Ideas

Chapter 3: Information Technology: A Great Career

Why I.T. Is a Great Career

    Options

    Performance-Based Advancement

    Opportunities for Continuous Learning

    Pay and Perks

What About Outsourcing?

    Outsourcing Is About Value, Not Costs

    The Jobs That Won’t Be Outsourced

Conclusion

Actions & Ideas

Chapter 4: Defining Yourself: Aptitudes and Desires

Considerations in Your Career Choice

    Factors to Help Decide Your Career Path: Needs

    Factors to Help Decide Your Career Path: Desires

    Factors to Help Decide Your Career Path: Skills

Conclusion

Actions & Ideas

Part II: Filling Your Toolkit

Chapter 5: Self-Assessment

The Power of Self-Assessment

The Dangers of Self-Assessment

Four Questions of Self-Assessment

    The Origin of the Four Questions

    Question 1: Do I Make My Employer’s Job Much Easier or Much More Difficult?

    Question 2: If I Gave Notice Today, Would My Employer Have an Instant Sense of Relief or Dread?

    Question 3: Do I Perform My Job Better Than My Employer Could Perform My Job If He/She Needed To?

    Question 4: If Asked How I Can Improve in My Job, Do I Cite External Factors–People and Resources–or Do I Take Responsibility?

Conclusion: Making It Personal

Actions & Ideas

Chapter 6: Attitude

The Effect of Attitude on Your Career

Positive Mental Attitude

    PMA Is Not a Panacea

    PMA and a Plan

Beware: Two Pitfalls of Attitude

    Unrealistic Expectations

    Skill Deficits

The Role of Attitude

    What You Think of Your Employer

    The “Us Versus Them” Mentality

    Management Got There by Luck or Schmoozing, Alone

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