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Would You Get Plastic Surgery to Aid Your Career?

The New Republic is out this week with a lengthy look at Silicon Valley's obsession with youth, and the effect it has on hiring and VC funding in the industry. While the whole thing is worth reading, the standout section from a career perspective comes early, with the revelation that plastic surgery and Botox injections are becoming increasingly popular in the Valley, as ageing tech workers seek to keep up the appearance of youth. Read More >

Putting That English Degree To Work - in Technology

I'm one of those sick, sick people who actually gets a kick out of diagramming sentences and knowing when to use "who" and "whom." People generally react to this with emotions ranging from bemusement to annoyance - but ironically enough, it was my IT job where people first started treating it with respect.Naturally, as a High School English teacher, a solid command of the language is a must. Read More >

The Two-Minute Mentor: An Info-Tech Executive

Editor's note: This is the third in a series exploring career paths through interviews with professionals in a variety of fields. If you have any suggestions for people or careers to feature, send an email spoke with Ben Nelson, president of, a Hewlett-Packard Co. division based in Palo Alto, Calif., about what it takes to succeed in the technology industry. A former independent business consultant whose clients included CDNOW Inc. Read More >

Careers in Software

Software-oriented employees use programs and packaged software to make computers perform various tasks. The technology they use also evolves at a lightning pace, requiring them to continually learn and adjust to new programs. Computer software engineersThese workers architect, create, and troubleshoot software that allows computers to run applications. Read More >

IT Profiles: The IT Manager

The day in the life of an IT manager entails everything from the banal to the hilarious. On the surface, an IT manager's day may seem to be no different than any corporate manager's. Looking deeper, however, a day in IT management offers one unique challenge after another. After all, the IT manager makes sure that the myriad of people in technology, the corporate departments, and the company think tanks work smoothly together. Read More >

Technology CV

Technology firms are looking for graduates with a range of industry specific skills and technical expertise. This CV showcases the range of skills that the candidate has acquired through various internship programmes. Briefly explain your role during the internships, outlining responsibilities and/or achievements. Do not be afraid to list extensively the programmes, computer languages, and systems that you are familiar with as employers are likely to be looking for specific knowledge. Read More >

Network or computer systems administrators

Network administrators and system administrators have subtle but important responsibility differences. A company cannot have one without the other. Network administrators design and maintain the hardware and software that allow computers to communicate with each other. They garner and analyze user needs to determine system and network requirements. Read More >

The Computer Programmer

Software engineers and system analysts design the specifications for programs, detailing exactly what the programs must do. The programmer uses the specifications to actually write the programs. To write a program, the programmer uses one of various programming languages (the language chosen depends on the purpose of the program). He or she uses the syntax of the computer language to type individual commands into the computer line by line. Read More >

Internships and Cooperative Education in IT

Degree programs also give IT jobseekers the opportunity to take part in internships and cooperative educations. "Internships and co-ops are the most common ways that students gather work experience," says Luckenbaugh. "And [they are] certainly very highly rated by employers." These programs allow a potential IT worker to prove she or he can add value to a company. This is invaluable to employers at both non-IT companies and at IT firms. Read More >

The Product Cycle Model: Bringing a Software Product to Life

While programmers and engineers may put together software products, it takes a skilled marketer to get those coded brainchildren on the market. Software projects are led by program managers - what in other industries might be called product managers. These managers are "idea people" - they are usually not programmers, but they have a good understanding of technology and what is feasible for a product. Program (or product) managers oversee the group that plans and develops new products. Read More >

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