Archive for March, 2007

Quote of the week: March 26th, 2007

Monday, March 26th, 2007

“To solve the human equation, we need to add love, subtract hate, multiply good, and divide between truth and error.” – Janet Coleman

Quote of the week: March 19th, 2007

Monday, March 19th, 2007

“If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” – W.C. Fields

Quote of the week: March 12th, 2007

Monday, March 12th, 2007

“A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success” – Doug Larson

Choose your field wisely

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

There are those who are passionate about their choice of study in school and there are those that are not. I see the latter quite a often in school and I’m not exactly certain as to why it is, but I have a few theories. People have been predicting a boom later on in the IT industry…right around 2010. My theory is that school counselors are pushing students in this direction because there hasn’t been a lot of people actively seeking out a degree in IT. The reason behind the lack of interest varies, but there was, indeed, a lack of interest. Reasons include a lot of programming being outsourced overseas, a lot of companies use to have an in-house IT staff decided to start contracting that type of work out, and the dot-com bubble of 2000 popped which left a lot of IT students looking for a new career outside of the IT field. New reasons for hiring IT staff include legislation such as HIPAA, SarbOx, and even some state laws that hold company’s a little more liable for data lost/theft.

While it is good that people seem to be showing interest, there are those that are being pushed into an IT field that are only doing it because they were told it’s “going to get bigger” or a friend said they were talented because they could put up a web page “on teh intarweb”. At least in my geographic region, here are three good examples of why people who are not good at web design should not choose web design as a field of study. I have also met people who have an Associates in Computer Networking and couldn’t give me a brief description of how DHCP works or what 192.168.1.0/24 means. I have also met people who have an Associates in PC Systems and Support (repair) as well as A+ certified who do not know how to tear down a PC and put it back together again…because they’ve never done it. Sure you could google that stuff, but so can everyone else. A company does not hire someone for their googling abilities, they hire people because they are able to perform the job on their own.

Because of this, my fear is that the IT job market will be saturated with people who, well…just aren’t good at IT. If the market becomes saturated with those who shouldn’t be in the field, and just saturated in general, it will drive wages for the IT field down. Once again, this will cause a lull in the IT job market and we’ll be going through the IT hiring/reduction cycle once again.

My only hope for right now is that hiring managers will be able to wade through all of the potential IT hires and find those that really belong in the IT field. Unfortunately, knowing that I’ve seen ads in the paper looking for “someone with 10 years of xml and ruby programming experience”, “10 years of C sharp programming experience”, and “15 years of Linux experience”, I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. Either the hiring managers who posted those ads in the paper are absolutely clueless about their hiring criteria, or are completely unrealistic on their hiring criteria. Encourage your current IT staff to talk shop with potential new hires – make them part of the hiring process and have them ask questions that will allow them to learn about one’s technical abilities. This will prevent non-tech people doing the hiring to not fall into the buzzword trap. In return, this can help you in the long run to remove the potential for a lot of wasted time and effort in finding the right person for the job.

Quote of the week: March 5th, 2007

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

“What’s all this stuff about motivation? I say, if you need motivation, you probably need more than motivation. You probably need chemical intervention or brain surgery. Actually, if you ask me, this country could do with a little less motivation. The people who are causing all the trouble seem highly motivated to me.” – George Carlin

Today

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Today was a bad day. However, after today, a new day will begin. Today will be behind me and I can focus on the things that make me happy. With that in mind, here’s a quote from one of my favorite comedians of all time.

“The day after tomorrow is the third day of the rest of your life.” – George Carlin