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Tax Day

By Steve Jones,

In the United States today I usually Tax Day, or the day that personal income taxes are due to be filed with the government. In 2011 you get an extension to Apr 18, but for all practical purposes, this is the day that most people have planned on filing your taxes.

With that in mind I thought I might take a break from technical discussions and polls  and ask a question that might be let us know how many of you feel about your career this year. The poll for this week is:

Are you better off today in your career than a year ago?

Supposedly the economy is doing a little better worldwide, and companies are making more IT investments. I have even heard of a few friends getting bonuses in the past year for performance by their employer. If you look back to 2010, or even 2009, do you feel better about your job and your career? Do you have more security? Do you have better compensation? Are your prospects looking better for the future?

I am not a technical DBA right now, but my employer is doing well and I think my position is more secure. As I survey the DBA market, it also seems the are more positions available in my area with a wide variety of companies. If I did need to change jobs, I have a lot of confidence that I could find something else.

Hopefully most of you feel that your career is doing better this year than last, but let us know this Friday.  If it's not, perhaps someone will give you some advice to help you improve the situation for next year.

Steve Jones


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