Hmmm, invest in my career? How about getting a rebate on the prior investments in my career?
About five months ago I finally started cleaning out my basement of all the computer "stuff" I have gathered over the years. I had boxes and crates of manuals, books, PC boards, cables, awards and citations from classes I have taken through 30 years in the business - and ALL of it was outdated, discontinued, old and well useless. It took four station wagon loads to get it all to the dump and out of my life.
Why was I saving old DOS, CPM, PICK, and Mac manuals? Why did I have about 10 2400 baud modems? What was I thinking keeping over 20 10Mbit network cards? And cables? I had about 300 miles of long since discontinued printer and network cables... And this is just some of the now-useless stuff I got rid of.
Members of my staff come to me and ask me to sign-off on purchases of these biblical-size manuals coming out of Microsoft Press, Wrox, and others - I always okay the purchases - but after my recent purge I have started to have second thoughts. We all buy these expensive books with hundreds of pages and they are outdated usually within a year or two. All of us have probably attended at least one (if not many more) classes for systems and applications that have long since vanished.
There has to be a better way. I am all for investing in a career - but in high tech, due to the rapid changes, I think there should be some sort of rebate late in one's career. You turn in all your useless books, hardware and what-nots - and you get a few dollars back per pound toward your entrance fee to the Techie Rest Home.
There's no such thing as dumb questions, only poorly thought-out answers...