The Coldest Month in IT

It’s February, the shortest month of the year and the only month with fewer than 30 days. It’s also the month that houses Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl, the Westminster Dog Show, the Daytona 500 and Valentine’s Day, among other things.

Despite this rich character, people tend to dislike February for one simple reason: it’s cold.

But whether you’re feeling a slight chill in Florida or slogging through snow sludge up north, one thing is for certain, if you’re in IT, you’re in a growth industry. This month we present a batch of articles that highlight IT career management.

Our cover story, Tech of All Trades, presents the ways an IT professional can best design his or her cert path and skill development for maximum versatility, yet target some specialties that get prospective employers biting.

Our Techniques feature, Upward Mobility in IT, outlines how IT pros can best blend business acumen with their technical prowess to see their career trajectory go upward. A special sidebar features a self-described “serial CIO” to learn what it’s like to move from top chair to top chair in various IT departments. And our Job Roles feature takes a detailed look at project management, a very in-demand soft skill.

Another common thread running through this issue is projections for ’08. Our Tech Careers column with Robert Half Technology’s Katherine Spencer Lee runs down what are likely to be the six most in-demand skill sets for IT pros this year. Virtual Village, meanwhile, sees our forum members debating yet another “hot for ’08” tech skills list.

What’s not hot in ’08? Depending on where you live, probably the weather. So let’s all seek shelter, hopefully not in the server room.

Daniel Margolis
Senior Editor
dmargolis@certmag.com

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Daniel Margolis is a longtime professional writer and editor. Daniel was managing editor of Certification Magazine from 2006 to 2012.

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