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Old 04-14-2019, 08:17 AM   #1
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Morning.
I am just beginning my career in Information Systems.
Right now I need to figure out where I want to go over the next 30 years and how to do it. On the job training, certifications,advance degree, programming languages,...

Would appreciate those in the Information Systems field, what was your path, what do you suggest, are there good blogs for people like me just starting out.

Thank you.
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I'm a program analyst. Background is tech writing and system support. Neither was a formal degree. I earned an advanced degree, in project management and info security, and that nailed down the program analyst role.

For the past 30+ years, change became more rapid. That will continue. So keeping up with near-future changes will pay off. You can get pigeon-holed. Read about other disciplines. Go security, young person!
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I am just beginning my career in Information Systems.
Right now I need to figure out where I want to go over the next 30 years and how to do it.
Hmm well it depends a lot on you. If you were a 22 year old just starting out I'd say move to CA and get with a start up or one of the big tech firms. But your profile says not. Is this going to be a restart, going back to work later in life? Or a hobby/side gig?

30 years in tech is like 300 years in real life. No one can really predict. What do you like about it? Start there and find others in the field to mentor and guide.
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Hmm well it depends a lot on you. If you were a 22 year old just starting out I'd say move to CA and get with a start up or one of the big tech firms. But your profile says not. Is this going to be a restart, going back to work later in life? Or a hobby/side gig?

30 years in tech is like 300 years in real life. No one can really predict. What do you like about it? Start there and find others in the field to mentor and guide.
+1

What I wanted to do and what was smart to do were different things. My technology skills only took me so far, people skills ended up being much more valuable for me.

That said my career ended 6 years ago, what's the next three decades going to change?
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Your profile says you retired in 2014. What's wrong with this picture?
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Your profile says you retired in 2014. What's wrong with this picture?
Please, look closer. Federal retiree in that era, then contractor. It makes sense to me.
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Please, look closer. Federal retiree in that era, then contractor. It makes sense to me.
How much closer should I look?
From his past posts, he said he retired in 2014 after 34 years with the government. Now he wants to start a new 30 year career.
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Morning.
I am just beginning my career in Information Systems.
Right now I need to figure out where I want to go over the next 30 years and how to do it. On the job training, certifications,advance degree, programming languages,...

Would appreciate those in the Information Systems field, what was your path, what do you suggest, are there good blogs for people like me just starting out.
There is no way to know which subset of the field will be hot in 30 years - any more than there was in the past 30 years.

So, particularly in this domain, you have to remain flexible and be a life-long learner.

Learn everything you can in every way you can. Certainly learn on the job, but learn at home too. Seek certifications which are helpful in your current position, or whatever position you are currently seeking, but avoid just piling up irrelevant certifications - pure bulk isn't helpful. Get an advanced degree in your spare time if you can. Be capable of learning new programming languages quickly. If you don't already know several, pick a new one that seems relevant to your field now and learn it. That way, you'll prove to yourself and potential employers that you can do it.

Do whatever you need to do in order to be ready for change - because change will always be coming down the line.

Personally, I chose to work in jobs that directly impacted my company's income and profits rather than remain in an overhead position. that was an extremely positive inflection point in my career. Your mileage may vary.
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How much closer should I look?
From his past posts, he said he retired in 2014 after 34 years with the government. Now he wants to start a new 30 year career.
It's best that op answer your question. I realize I'm not helping the discussion.
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Cyber skills are in demand. If I were 22 Id be looking to get a graduate degree in cyber from a top university while working in Silicon Valley. Who knows what the hot skills will be in 7 years nevermind 10 or 30. Be prepared to invest in your career and to move.
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Morning.
I am just beginning my career in Information Systems.
Right now I need to figure out where I want to go over the next 30 years and how to do it. On the job training, certifications,advance degree, programming languages,...

Would appreciate those in the Information Systems field, what was your path, what do you suggest, are there good blogs for people like me just starting out.

Thank you.
For anyone starting out, I recommend during the first 10 years of your career priortizing getting the best experience that you can get in your chosen field. I saw a number of peers job hop for an extra $500 or $1,000 a year into jobs that were not as good of a learning experience or had less growth potential.

During the first 10 years just try to make sure that you are paid fairly and get the best experience that you can get.... then cash it in later in your career.
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For anyone starting out, I recommend during the first 10 years of your career priortizing getting the best experience that you can get in your chosen field. I saw a number of peers job hop for an extra $500 or $1,000 a year into jobs that were not as good of a learning experience or had less growth potential.

During the first 10 years just try to make sure that you are paid fairly and get the best experience that you can get.... then cash it in later in your career.
This is terrific advice.

For some fields, I think 10 years is excessive. But the idea that your early years are about learning and building a solid foundation for the future is spot on.
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