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It’s taken me nearly three decades to figure it out, but I’ve finally accepted that there are some traits I simply was not born with. Remembering to carry an umbrella, for example — you’d think after getting caught in the rain once or twice, I’d learn carry one. But instead, I’ve come into the office drenched and wearing bits of partially disintegrated newspaper in my hair more times than I’d like to admit. Ultimately, I’ve accepted the fact that the umbrella-carrying gene just was not programmed into my DNA.

I’m also sadly missing the advice-giving gene. Often, when people seek my advice, I feel just as confused as they do. My typical modus operandi is to repeat the pros and cons of a decision back to them, followed by the phrase, “Well, what do you think?” Eventually, they seem to figure it out on their own.

Although this method works in some circles, it won’t fly with IT professionals. They need advice with a little more meat, and they won’t be fooled by a noncommittal response. So, as my inbox increasingly has become flooded with requests for IT career advice, I decided to leave the advice-giving to the pros.

This month, I’m happy to introduce two new columnists to Certification Magazine: Wayne Anderson and Ken Wagner. Both these seasoned IT pros have contributed advice to hundreds of readers through our CertMag.com forums. And now, they’re teaming up to provide answers to all sorts of technical questions through our new column, Dear Techie. Check out page 12 to see how they’ve tackled an age-old question: How do you break into IT?

In the meantime, I’d like to try my hand at a little bit of advice-giving. If you have any burning IT questions, I’d advise you to send them to Ken and Wayne at DearTechie@certmag.com.

Sarah Stone Wunder
Managing Editor
sarah@certmag.com

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