[Chugalug] Whats the best way to move up in IT field?

Eric Wolf ebwolf at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 18:39:42 UTC 2012

1. More often than not, the only way to move up is to move on. Does the
company you work for actually have positions for you to move into? Like
Ed's case, there may be no up without going elsewhere.

2. Does the company you work for value you too highly in your current
position? Do they hire outside people in above you? You may be doing too
good of a job at the things in your job description but not a good enough
job at the other things. Practice your golf swing. Go to the boss's church
(in the Southeast).

3. More importantly, do you actually want to move up? Google and Microsoft
are filled with miserable project managers: competent engineers who moved
up but loathed the new position. And up doesn't necessarily mean more pay.

4. Create your own position by doing a project on your own. Either at work
or at home. I make 25%-40% of my income doing contract work outside my
regular position.

A final word of advice: getting a PhD is probably the stupidest thing
anyone in IT could possibly do!


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM, Ed King <chevyiinova at bellsouth.net> wrote:

> unlike other tech folks who have the "if I'm the only person who knows how
> to do x, then that's job security" mentality, I document the living shit
> out of everything I do.   I've heard that one way to move "up" in a company
> is to train someone to do your job.   I've yet to see that actually happen,
> probably because I'm right under the COO on the org chart, lol.
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> *From:* Tim Youngblood <timyoungblood at gmail.com>
> *To:* Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group <
> chugalug at chugalug.org>
> *Sent:* Thu, October 4, 2012 1:04:34 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [Chugalug] Whats the best way to move up in IT field?
> Improve your communication skills.
> Is your knowledge accessible so others can work with you and benefit from
> it?
> All the certs in the world won't help you if you cannot confer and receive
> knowledge from your fellow humans.
> On Oct 4, 2012 12:40 PM, "Jonathan Burishkin" <jburishkin at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> What do you consider the best way to move up in the IT field?
>> I am working is an IT Support Specialist, basically Help Desk type of
>> work, but I do a bit more then that. Ive professionally worked in this
>> field only about 2 or so years, although I have lots of experience
>> experimenting and messing around with computers for many years (15 or so?).
>> Ive herd through a few people that have good IT jobs
>> that Certifications and experience is the way to go and they mainly look
>> for experience.
>> Through Certifications?
>> Through Associates Degree?
>> Through Bachelors Degree?
>> Through Experience alone?
>> Other ways?
>> --
>> Jonathan Burishkin
>> 706.876.8414
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