As an engineering manager, one of my responsibilities is to help my employees choose the appropriate training they need to do their jobs and enhance their career growth. To do this, I regularly monitor the direction network technology is taking to identify needed training.
In the annals of networks, 2003 will be known as the year of network security. With the passage last year of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the European Union's Directive on Data Protection, 2003 will be the year when companies will need to view network security from a regulatory and competitive standpoint.
In a previous column I considered whether the current downturn in the network industry is a plateau or just a short resting place (www.nwfusion.com, DocFinder: 2525). While job opportunities will decrease, there still will be opportunities for people who are willing to adapt to the changing marketplace and scale down, relocate or shift gears.
As a resident of Colorado, I spend a lot time hiking in the mountains. Often as I hike in the oxygen-thin air of 12,000 feet and reach a level spot, I stop and ask myself whether this is a resting place where I can catch a quick breath or if I have reached a plateau where I'll have to consider whether I can go any higher.
During a recent period of severance, I interviewed for a variety of positions, one of which was for a network architect/engineer. Being more of a manager than an engineer, I didn't expect much out of the interview, but I went anyway.