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How Blogging And Podcasting Can Help Your Career

I'm interested in some radically different and some related fields: professional game audio, information systems, and business management. Simply reading news isn't even close to the way to improve your career and expand your knowledge in a field. The most important part is becoming a piece of a community, and the IT "community" as it were really doesn't exist in the "sit around the campfire" sense. --Alexander Brandon

Management Vs. Staff

I've found that I can learn more about any technology and its applications by managing people who don't want to be managers but do want to show someone how good they are. I can spend a few minutes working with someone who knows a particular aspect of applying a technology or spend a few hours researching the technology and still not know exactly how it applies to the business. The rewards of talking with and managing a group of humans far outweigh what I can accomplish with a networked computer and typing. --Tim McMahon

It takes both talents. There are manager type people and tech type people. They seldom occupy the same body. Thankfully, once overcoming their prejudices, either is usually capable of learning the other. --Dave Lord

How about a hybrid position? Specifically, being a technical lead for a project can combine the best of both worlds: one foot in the technical side, and one on the managerial/strategic side. This was the case when I was working at TI. I had enough hands-on time to be able to exercise my technical side and still had a hand in the strategic decisions on the projects and for the benefit of my department and the company as a whole. --Charlie Lindahl

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