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Closer to the Heart

By Steve Jones,

This editorial was originally published on Feb 13, 2015. It is being republished as Steve is on vacation.

Most of us take whatever jobs we're offered. We send out resumes, go through interviews, and often accept the first offer for employment. In fact, I bet most of us rarely have more than one employer to choose from at a time. Perhaps two if we're looking for a job while still working, but I bet in many situations the current employer isn't one we're considering working for in the future.

What's more, it seems that many people working in technology can work in a variety of industries. A database that stores sales information for a retail company isn't managed a lot differently from one that captures inventory information for a manufacturer. I know I've worked in the power generation, education, finance, software, and other fields. I've found that my job as a DBA or developer hasn't really changed much. I could work in any of these industries.

However, I'm sure that most of you have interests and attractions in areas. Perhaps some of you have really enjoyed working with certain data, or there are applications you think you'd enjoy. This week I wanted to ask what might be your ideal field.

In what industry, or with what data, would you like to work if you had the choice?

Or perhaps, where do you think you'd have a connection with the technology as well as the business. Imagine that you could choose what data you'd work with, and some employer in that field would offer you a job.

For me, I think if I had the chance I'd like to work with a professional sports team in the US. In Denver, I'd really be interested if the Broncos, Rockies, or Nuggets needed some technical help. These organizations are starting to use more and more data to analyze their players in order to gain some competitive advantage. I find all the numbers published to be interesting and think it would be a fun job helping to find patterns and meaning in the data.

Let us know this week where you might want to work.

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