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Career plateau

August 10th, 2007 at 02:41 pm

I'm in the information technology field, and have done fairly well with my choice of career. The problem is I'm in my 30's and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to keep my skills current.

Lots of reasons for this... I have a family now first of all. Obviously that takes up a fair share of time. Also technology is changing pretty fast these days. Since I'm busy with the daily grind at my job, I don't have a lot of time for training and learning of new things.

Maybe this is a temporary problem, I'm not sure. But I'm worried about my future career prospects. Anyone have thoughts on this... how to stay fresh, how to get past the career plateau?

2 Responses to “Career plateau”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Dude, when you figure this one out, please let me know! Because I need a pro tip or three on this one!

    Sadly, I've concluded (as you have I'm sure) that the only financial security that exists anymore is one that you create one your own. In that, I mean our own savings and investments.

    It's too bad I'm not into Nursing or Healthcare. I hear that's job security right there.

  2. devils_advocate Says:

    I hear you, BA! Also part of the problem is the stakes are higher. In my early 20's I had no one to support so I could be a lot more risky in my career ventures. Now I have a family to think about so I feel like I have to play it safe.

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