You’re Off to Be the Wizard

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“Oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like home!”

On the surface, that famous movie line may seem pretty far removed from your careers as certified IT professionals. Oh sure, sometimes you may feel like the man behind the curtain, pulling the strings, working and wires and keeping the great and powerful Oz that employs you functioning properly. But work is work and home is home, right?

Wrong.

In this day of creative applications of your IT skills, when it comes to finding work, the time is certainly coming when you won’t have to look any further than some customer’s back yard.

You know that times have been tough lately for the IT professional, and work is sometimes hard to come by for both veterans and newcomers. More than ever, now is a time when the tough get going, and that journey takes brains, courage and heart.

In this issue of Certification Magazine, we take a look at IT work, now and then. We’ve got two feature articles designed to help your professional journey rise above the tornado of tough times. One is on just that topic, presenting useful advice on finding work during rough economic weather.

The other is a bit more forward-looking, reporting how CompTIA’s Home Technology Integrator (HTI+) certification is a link to a whole new world of job opportunities—working on “smart homes.” Imagine a wired world where houses are not just homes, but finely tuned engines that do amazing things, from making the morning coffee to drawing the perfect bath at the right time.

Home networking is already here, and the demand is already there. As professionals like you start populating the certified ranks of home integrators, new avenues of employment will come your way. That’s the promise of a not-too-distant future, and the groundbreaking nature of HTI+ is your ticket to that brave new world.

Will the hot-wired homes of the future change everything? Well, there will still be plenty of work in the places you now find work—offices, schools, hospitals, etc. But some day soon, you will find a new definition of “homework,” keeping the smart-home technology ticking for clients.

Smart homes. You know, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

Tim Sosbe
Editorial Director
tsosbe@certmag.com

 

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