How to map your career

If you can map out a vacation trip, why not map out your career?
Many people do it for themselves, according to this article in NetworkWorld U.S., but in large organizations, managers do it in collaboration with staff. So this report is as valuable for staff as it is for administrators.
As the piece points out, a career map pulls together corporate information to give employees and their managers a view of where they are, where they can go and how to get to the jobs they want.
This particularly works for IT staff, who typically collect defined skills — in say, desktop operating systems, wired or wireless networks, security — and, with good advice, can plot what they need to move to more senior positions.
It’s important to note what one expert quoted in the article says: Career mapping “is about setting long-term professional goals and objectives that go beyond the targets established during annual reviews.”

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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