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Building a Better Career


Building a Better Career

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Steve Jones
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Just a note, your first two links in the article are dead links.


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The links from the online version are working. It is just the ones in the daily e-mail that are wrong.

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I will strongly agree with your last point. I've seen that over and over again, often with complaints about favouritism from those who don't focus on their careers.

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Hey, I'm planning on listing SQL Server Central frequent readership as career development. If I can hold my own with heavy hitters like you lot that has to stand for something.

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Being a compulsive information gatherer/cataloger, from early on and before MP3 and P2P, I had my CD collection cataloged in Access. I had over 500 discs, and wanted to make sure that I explored a decent cross-section of my collection. I had a CD boombox at work, so I wrote a selection randomizer that would walk my list and assign a 1% chance of a disc being selected.

But I added all sorts of lovely complications. First, I had bit fields to exclude albums (I don't want Christmas music not in December). Then it would remember that an album had been selected in the last five passes and skip it. It would spit out a list of ten discs to grab (the number that fit in my CD wallet) and that would be my mix for the week. I've done other similarly pointless database projects, fun for me but nothing that I'd bother releasing to the public at large.

It was fun, and all but totally pointless. But it certainly helped in my Access programming. It's certainly not a technique that I would be likely to put into a production scenario.

Now I design card games using Access as both the data repository and the form generator for doing the printing. I just have to figure out if I'm going to attempt it on my Mac with something like File Maker, or continue running Parallels and flipping over to my XP install. My initial feelings with File Maker is that I'll be ice skating in Phoenix in August before that happens.

Last December I gave myself a musical resolution: listen to all of my music in iTunes -- alphabetically! It took 7-8 months, IIRC.

It's a good thing to twist your neurons on occasion.

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Sorry about the links. Not sure what's wrong, but I'll see if I can track it down.

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Reading SSC every day is a good part of a professionald development plan, especially combined with a few targeted blogs.

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I definitely agree with this editorial that it shouldn't solely be the employers' responsibility to provide training and help further a person's career. One thing I learned early on was to network with other people in my field - through conferences, message boards, user groups, etc. By networking, I've found other ways to further my career. Maintaining a membership in a professional group that gives its users unlimited access to books and training courses helps. Reading articles on topics I enjoy also helps - which is part of why I enjoy SSC. Databases have always appealed to me, and I like being able to learn things that I wouldn't necessarily run into on my own.
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Good point Sarah. Can you imagine an employer who says not only am I going to give you a good income for your 40 per week but I'm going to spend lot's of my money to train you for your next job? The military does this.

You have to invest in yourself. If you don't why should someone else invest in you? One does this not to get bigger in themselves but to be able to render greater service. Of course the rewards get bigger but that has to follow.

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