New Book Tells IT Professionals How to Leverage

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<strong>Westport, Conn. &mdash; Feb. 6</strong><br />In recent years, the information technology profession has lost thousands of jobs to offshore outsourcing, which employers are increasingly using to control costs. Moreover, current economic conditions point to an imminent recession &mdash; a period when businesses significantly reduce their technology expenditures. While the combination of off-shoring and a recession might be considered cause for concern by computer professionals, Janice Weinberg &mdash; a Connecticut career consultant and former computer professional at IBM and GE &mdash; has written a book, <em>Debugging Your Information Technology Career</em>, that demonstrates that &mdash; on the contrary &mdash; they have every reason to be highly optimistic about their career prospects.<br /><br />The book describes 20 fields that &mdash; although off the traditional IT career path &mdash; represent attractive options for IT professionals because employers place a premium on candidates with computer proficiency. Most of the fields can be entered with only an undergraduate degree in a computer-related discipline. Several require a certification &mdash; a modest investment of time and money. And the income potential of the few careers entailing a graduate degree should make them quite appealing to some readers.<br /><br />IT veterans will learn to think in new ways about how to parlay their expertise into future success, regardless of whether they seek protection from outsourcing or desire a change from a traditional IT job but are concerned about “throwing away” their investment in their education and experience. Indeed, by learning about these alternative careers, many readers will define more ambitious goals, such as launching a consulting practice based on two or three of the fields &mdash; and students will recognize the many opportunities available to them upon graduation.<br /><br />As Weinberg describes each of the 20 careers, readers will:<br /><ul><li>Understand why computer knowledge is a strong asset in entering and succeeding in the field.</li><li>Be able to imagine themselves in the field by learning what to expect during a typical workday.</li><li>Learn how to pinpoint and approach employers likely to be receptive to their candidacy, using such screening criteria as a company&#39;s size and industry, augmented by information obtained from its Web site and other sources.</li><li>Learn what points to highlight in their resumes, cover letters and interviews to promote their candidacy.</li><li>Understand the degree to which a recession can affect job security in the field and learn how to minimize or avoid any negative impact.</li><li>Learn the extent to which off-shore outsourcing already is happening and what the field&#39;s future vulnerability to off-shoring likely will be.</li></ul>

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