IT Pros Are Refueling Their Ambitions for 2014

By Dennis McCafferty
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    44% believe their career would have gone further if they had pursued more education and/or certifications.

At the end of the year, many professionals start reflecting on how their career has progressed, and IT workers are no exception. In a recent survey from TEKsystems, a large number of technology workers expressed wistful longings about "what could have been" if only they had focused more on their education early on—or even chosen another academic path in college. As for what they wished they had studied? IT was a top pick among those who said that if they had it to do over again, they would choose to major in something different. There were also a significant number of survey participants who said that pursuing the arts and humanities would have proven beneficial. Other "coulda/wouldas" in the survey included misgivings among respondents about the frequency with which they've changed jobs. And a surprising percentage of IT workers have had second thoughts about their decision to go into IT in the first place. On a positive note, many IT professionals appear to value good relationships with colleagues (but not necessarily the boss), and are satisfied with the state of their work-life balance. They also discussed what they plan to do to improve their career in 2014. An estimated 900 IT professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-27
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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