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Posted Friday, October 9, 2009 5:15 AM
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Brad Allison (10/9/2009)
Education is very important and I too, am fortunate to work for a company who supports it. We get $10,000 per year for tuition reimbursement on top of any money set aside in the budget for summits, conferences, seminars, etc. But for the most part, I am so bogged down with so many projects, my main problem is trying to find the time to attend these. So for the most part, I will grab a book and train myself in my off time.


I envy you in some ways. being freelance I have no access to training budgets and have never attended any training courses or conferences. But it would be a nice experience


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Posted Friday, October 9, 2009 5:38 AM
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I work at Ford Motor in Dearborn as a SQL DBA Team Leader. Basically we are on our own here as it pertains to our career development. I basically have been a Team Lead in some capacity since 2000. I am well educated, attaining a Masters degree back in 1999, but it really hasn't propelled my career much since then. I have come to the conclusion you have to totally invest the time and money outside of work to propel your career going forward. I am sometimes miffed why some people in the company advance much quicker than others. I would certainly like to see more people in our department get promoted.
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I think it's a simple reply to Steve's question.

Investing in your career on your own is important UNLESS you are sure that you will be working where you are now for the rest of your career.

For those of you out there who are learning things and then don't feel you get to use them, remember that you are gaining the reward by adding to your resume, and representing accurately to future potential employers that you are self-motivated and willing to put in the time to learn what you feel is important.

If you don't care whether you make your next job search harder or not, then by all means, don't waste time and money investing in your career.


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chill8 (10/9/2009)
I work at Ford Motor in Dearborn as a SQL DBA Team Leader. Basically we are on our own here as it pertains to our career development. I basically have been a Team Lead in some capacity since 2000. I am well educated, attaining a Masters degree back in 1999, but it really hasn't propelled my career much since then. I have come to the conclusion you have to totally invest the time and money outside of work to propel your career going forward. I am sometimes miffed why some people in the company advance much quicker than others. I would certainly like to see more people in our department get promoted.


Funny, I am at Kellogg Cereal Plant in Battle Creek so we are very near to one another. One of WK Kellogg's mantras is "I invest my money in people" and for just over 100 years it still continues to be that way. Kelloggs uses something called an IDP to form our own independent career path for the company.
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Absolutely. You have an obligation to yourself to maintain or grow your skill set. Or, you can let your skills stagnate and atrophy and hope that the job your in stays exactly the same until you retire. Good luck.

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Posted Friday, October 9, 2009 6:11 AM
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Imagine this.. You work in a medium sized company, using MSSQL2005 and nothing else.
They are very tight on budget, try to be productive, focused and specialised, unlike government orgs and banks where there's a great variety of things.


I am sorry that you are totally wrong about bank and government.
I used to work for a fortunate 500 bank, no one got any training. The pay and benefit was lousy. If you decided to go to school, you got $500 per year for reimbursement.
Now I am working for government agent, that is even worse. We have to wait for government budget, grant and everything before we can do anything. We still use office 2003 and SQL Server 2000. If nothing breaks, why change?
People working for the government have no motivation to change or learn anything new. I am very frustrated now at my position.
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As a Consultant sense 82, If I did not keep up with training, I would not be employed today... I paid for 95% myself. All the $$$ I spent has been returned 20 times over and over and over ...
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Interestingly enough I just had this conversation Wednesday with one of my bosses who just moved to my location. My take is that I am responsible for my professional development. I would hope that my employer would be willing to contribute to that as well, but if not I'll find a way to get what I need to know to stay current.



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My stance is that everyone should own responsibility for training and career growth. It's definitely good, maybe even fair, for an employer to participate in that, but many employees do nothing because their employer isn't interested (or just doesn't have the money).

Professional development comes in many forms; training classes, seminars, conferences, books, webinars, daily newsletters, hobby projects, and more. Classes are a tradeoff, you spend the most money but in return you get a very targetted and efficient learning experience, where on the other end of the scale with reading articles you can learn, but no hands on and reasonably random.

Be willing to trade time for money and you can do a lot.



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Posted Friday, October 9, 2009 6:52 AM


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You never know what the future will hold so I think it pays to be diligent in advancing your own skills even if you can't put them into practice at your place of work. At my last job I constantly checked out new software and tools that I thought were interesting without the company paying for training. I would spend time on the weekends when the weather was bad or sometimes late at night trying out new tools and trying to further my existing skill sets even though I knew the company would not adopt many of them. This helped me immensely when I switched jobs and found my new company used many of the tools that I had been tinkering with on my own dime.
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