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PostSubject: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:16 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)
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PostSubject: 10 years from now   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:09 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)

When I first heard that question my mind was really blank, I really cant picture at what will be my future after 10 years, but two things I know for sure I’m a graduate of BSIT that time hehehe and I'm working hard because its pay back time for all the hard work of my parents.Ten years from now I’m 30 years old. But before that, I want to imagine first the things I probably did until I reached 30. I’ll be having my diploma when I’m 21 years old, after graduation I want to work as an IT Educator. Aside from that if there are opportunities I also want to be a Programmer or Web designer or an analyst or a database developer to have an experience. I’m also planning to accept part-time work or make a forum in helping people having a hard time fixing there computer and also students who have problems in their projects to enhance my skills. For me IT professional covers a lot of different jobs, and to be worthy called as an IT professional I must have an experience or knowledge on how to program, web design, and develop software.

Planning is one of the most important project management and time management techniques. Planning is preparing a sequence of action steps to achieve some specific goal. If you do it effectively, you can reduce much the necessary time and effort of achieving the goal.
According to Time-Management-Guide.com, a plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is essential for making good decisions on where to go or what to do next. One more reason why you need planning is again the 80/20 Rule. It is well established that for unstructured activities 80 percent of the effort give less than 20 percent of the valuable outcome. You either spend much time on deciding what to do next, or you are taking many unnecessary, unfocused, and inefficient steps. Planning is also crucial for meeting your needs during each action step with your time, money, or other resources. With careful planning you often can see if at some point you are likely to face a problem. It is much easier to adjust your plan to avoid or smoothen a coming crisis, rather than to deal with the crisis when it comes unexpected.

According to wikipedia.org
Overview
Planning is a process for accomplishing purpose. It is blue print of business growth and a road map of development. It helps in deciding objectives both in quantitative and qualitative terms. It is setting of goals on the basis of objectives and keeping in view the resources.
What should a plan be?
A plan should be a realistic view of the expectations. Depending upon the activities, a plan can be long range, intermediate range or short range. It is the framework within which it must operate. For management seeking external support, the plan is the most important document and key to growth. Preparation of a comprehensive plan will not guarantee success, but lack of a sound plan will almost certainly ensure failure.
Purpose of Plan
There are no two organizations are alike, so also their plans. It is therefore important to prepare a plan keeping in view the necessities of the enterprise. A plan is an important aspect of business. It serves the following three critical functions:
ท Helps management to clarify, focus, and research their business's or project's development and prospects.
ท Provides a considered and logical framework within which a business can develop and pursue business strategies over the next three to five years.
ท Offers a benchmark against which actual performance can be measured and reviewed.
Importance of the planning Process
A plan can play a vital role in helping to avoid mistakes or recognize hidden opportunities. Preparing a satisfactory plan of the organization is essential. The planning process enables management to understand more clearly what they want to achieve, and how and when they can do it. A well-prepared business plan demonstrates that the managers know the business and that they have thought through its development in terms of products, management, finances, and most importantly, markets and competition. Planning helps in forecasting the future makes the future visible to some extent. It bridges between where we are and where we want to go. Planning is looking ahead.

Planning basics
Essentials of planning
Planning is not done off hand. It is prepared after careful and extensive research. For a comprehensive business plan, management has to
1. Clearly define the target / goal in writing.
1. A person having authority should set it.
2. The goal should be realistic.
3. It should be specific.
4. Acceptability
5. Easily measurable
2. Identify all the main issues that need to be addressed.
3. Review past performance.
4. Decide budgetary requirement.
5. Focus on matters of strategic importance.
6. What are requirements and how will they be met?
7. What will be the likely length of the plan and its structure?
8. Identify shortcomings in the concept and gaps.
9. Strategies for implementation.
10. Review periodically.
Applications
In organizations
Planning is also a management process, concerned with defining goals for future organizational performance and deciding on the tasks and resources to be used in order to attain those goals. To meet the goals, managers may develop plans such as a business plan or a marketing plan. Planning always has a purpose. The purpose may be achievement of certain goals or targets. The planning helps to achieve these goals or target by using the available time and resources. To minimize the timing and resources also require proper planning.

In public policy
Planning refers to the practice and the profession associated with the idea of planning an idea you, (land use planning, urban planning or spatial planning). In many countries, the operation of a town and country planning system is often referred to as 'planning' and the professionals who operate the system are known as 'planners‘...
It is a conscious as well as sub-conscious activity. It is “an anticipatory decision making process ” that helps in coping with complexities. It is deciding future course of action from amongst alternatives. It is a process that involves making and evaluating each set of interrelated decisions. It is selection of missions, objectives and “ translation of knowledge into action.” A planned performance brings better results compared to unplanned one. A Managers’ job is planning, monitoring and controlling. Planning and goal setting are important traits of an organization. It is done at all levels of the organization. Planning includes the plan, the thought process, action, and implementation. Planning gives more power over the future. Planning is deciding in advance what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and who should do it. It bridges the gap from where the organization is to where it wants to be. The planning function involves establishing goals and arranging them in logical order.

Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Various business analysis techniques can be used in strategic planning, including SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats ), PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social, and Technological), STEER analysis (Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Regulatory factors), and EPISTEL (Environment, Political, Informatic, Social, Technological, Economic and Legal).
Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization's future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:
1. "What do we do?"
2. "For whom do we do it?"
3. "How do we excel?"
In business strategic planning, the third question is better phrased "How can we beat or avoid competition?". (Bradford and Duncan, page 1).
In many organizations, this is viewed as a process for determining where an organization is going over the next year or more -typically 3 to 5 years, although some extend their vision to 20 years.
In order to determine where it is going, the organization needs to know exactly where it stands, then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there. The resulting document is called the "strategic plan."
It is also true that strategic planning may be a tool for effectively plotting the direction of a company; however, strategic planning itself cannot foretell exactly how the market will evolve and what issues will surface in the coming days in order to plan your organizational strategy. Therefore, strategic innovation and tinkering with the 'strategic plan' have to be a cornerstone strategy for an organization to survive the turbulent business climate.

Vision, mission and values
Vision: Defines the desired or intended future state of an organization or enterprise in terms of its fundamental objective and/or strategic direction. Vision is a long term view, sometimes describing a view of how the organization would like the world in which it operates to be. For example a charity working with the poor might have a vision statement which read "A world without poverty"
Mission: Defines the fundamental purpose of an organization or an enterprise, basically describing why it exists and what it does to achieve its Vision. A corporate Mission can last for many years, or for the life of the organization. It is not an objective with a timeline, but rather the overall goal that is accomplished over the years as objectives are achieved that are aligned with the corporate mission.
Values: Beliefs that are shared among the stakeholders of an organization. Values drive an organization's culture and priorities.
Methodologies
There are many approaches to strategic planning but typically a three-step process may be used:
ท Situation - evaluate the current situation and how it came about.
ท Target - define goals and/or objectives (sometimes called ideal state)
ท Path - map a possible route to the goals/objectives

One alternative approach is called Draw-See-Think
ท Draw - what is the ideal image or the desired end state?
ท See - what is today's situation? What is the gap from ideal and why?
ท Think - what specific actions must be taken to close the gap between today's situation and the ideal state?
ท Plan - what resources are required to execute the activities?

An alternative to the Draw-See-Think approach is called See-Think-Draw
ท See - what is today's situation?
ท Think - define goals/objectives
ท Draw - map a route to achieving the goals/objectives

In other terms strategic planning can be as follows:
ท Vision - Define the vision and set a mission statement with hierarchy of goals and objectives
ท SWOT - Analysis conducted according to the desired goals
ท Formulate - Formulate actions and processes to be taken to attain these goals
ท Implement - Implementation of the agreed upon processes
ท Control - Monitor and get feedback from implemented processes to fully control the operation

Situational analysis
When developing strategies, analysis of the organization and its environment as it is at the moment and how it may develop in the future, is important. The analysis has to be executed at an internal level as well as an external level to identify all opportunities and threats of the external environment as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the organizations.
There are several factors to assess in the external situation analysis:
1. Markets (customers)
2. Competition
3. Technology
4. Supplier markets
5. Labor markets
6. The economy
7. The regulatory environment

It is rare to find all seven of these factors having critical importance. It is also uncommon to find that the first two - markets and competition - are not of critical importance. (Bradford "External Situation - What to Consider")
Analysis of the external environment normally focuses on the customer. Management should be visionary in formulating customer strategy, and should do so by thinking about market environment shifts, how these could impact customer sets, and whether those customer sets are the ones the company wishes to serve.
Analysis of the competitive environment is also performed, many times based on the framework suggested by Michael Porter.

Goals, objectives and targets
Strategic planning is a very important business activity. It is also important in the public sector areas such as education. It is practiced widely informally and formally. Strategic planning and decision processes should end with objectives and a roadmap of ways to achieve those objectives.
The following terms have been used in strategic planning: desired end states, plans, policies, goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and actions. Definitions vary, overlap and fail to achieve clarity. The most common of these concepts are specific, time bound statements of intended future results and general and continuing statements of intended future results, which most models refer to as either goals or objectives (sometimes interchangeably).
One model of organizing objectives uses hierarchies. The items listed above may be organized in a hierarchy of means and ends and numbered as follows: Top Rank Objective (TRO), Second Rank Objective, Third Rank Objective, etc. From any rank, the objective in a lower rank answers to the question "How?" and the objective in a higher rank answers to the question "Why?" The exception is the Top Rank Objective (TRO): there is no answer to the "Why?" question. That is how the TRO is defined.

People typically have several goals at the same time. "Goal congruency" refers to how well the goals combine with each other. Does goal A appear compatible with goal B? Do they fit together to form a unified strategy? "Goal hierarchy" consists of the nesting of one or more goals within other goal(s).

One approach recommends having short-term goals, medium-term goals, and long-term goals. In this model, one can expect to attain short-term goals fairly easily: they stand just slightly above one's reach. At the other extreme, long-term goals appear very difficult, almost impossible to attain. Strategic management jargon sometimes refers to "Big Hairy Audacious Goals" (BHAGs) in this context. Using one goal as a stepping-stone to the next involves goal sequencing. A person or group starts by attaining the easy short-term goals, then steps up to the medium-term, then to the long-term goals. Goal sequencing can create a "goal stairway". In an organizational setting, the organization may co-ordinate goals so that they do not conflict with each other. The goals of one part of the organization should mesh compatibly with those of other parts of the organization.

Mission statements and vision statements
Organizations sometimes summarize goals and objectives into a mission statement and/or a vision statement Others begin with a vision and mission and use them to formulate goals and objectives.
While the existence of a shared mission is extremely useful, many strategy specialists question the requirement for a written mission statement. However, there are many models of strategic planning that start with mission statements, so it is useful to examine them here.
ท A Mission statement tells you the fundamental purpose of the organization. It defines the customer and the critical processes. It informs you of the desired level of performance.
ท A Vision statement outlines what the organization wants to be, or how it wants the world in which it operates to be. It concentrates on the future. It is a source of inspiration. It provides clear decision-making criteria.
An advantage of having a statement is that it creates value for those who get exposed to the statement, and those prospects are managers, employees and sometimes even customers. Statements create a sense of direction and opportunity. They both are an essential part of the strategy-making process.
Many people mistake vision statement for mission statement, and sometimes one is simply used as a longer term version of the other. The Vision should describe why it is important to achieve the Mission. A Vision statement defines the purpose or broader goal for being in existence or in the business and can remain the same for decades if crafted well. A Mission statement is more specific to what the enterprise can achieve itself. Vision should describe what will be achieved in the wider sphere if the organization and others are successful in achieving their individual missions.
A mission statement can resemble a vision statement in a few companies, but that can be a grave mistake. It can confuse people. The mission statement can galvanize the people to achieve defined objectives, even if they are stretch objectives, provided it can be elucidated in SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) terms. A mission statement provides a path to realize the vision in line with its values. These statements have a direct bearing on the bottom line and success of the organization.

Which comes first? The mission statement or the vision statement? That depends. If you have a new start up business, new program or plan to re engineer your current services, then the vision will guide the mission statement and the rest of the strategic plan. If you have an established business where the mission is established, then many times, the mission guides the vision statement and the rest of the strategic plan. Either way, you need to know your fundamental purpose - the mission, your current situation in terms of internal resources and capabilities (strengths and/or weaknesses) and external conditions (opportunities and/or threats), and where you want to go - the vision for the future. It's important that you keep the end or desired result in sight from the start.[citation needed] .

Features of an effective vision statement include:
ท Clarity and lack of ambiguity
ท Vivid and clear picture
ท Description of a bright future
ท Memorable and engaging wording
ท Realistic aspirations
ท Alignment with organizational values and culture
To become really effective, an organizational vision statement must (the theory states) become assimilated into the organization's culture. Leaders have the responsibility of communicating the vision regularly, creating narratives that illustrate the vision, acting as role-models by embodying the vision, creating short-term objectives compatible with the vision, and encouraging others to craft their own personal vision compatible with the organization's overall vision. In addition, mission statements need to be subjected to an internal assessment and an external assessment. The internal assessment should focus on how members inside the organization interpret their mission statement. The external assessment — which includes all of the businesses stakeholders — is valuable since it offers a different perspective. These discrepancies between these two assessments can give insight on the organization's mission statement effectiveness.

Another approach to defining Vision and Mission is to pose two questions. Firstly, "What aspirations does the organization have for the world in which it operates and has some influence over?", and following on from this, "What can (and /or does) the organization do or contribute to fulfill those aspirations?". The succinct answer to the first question provides the basis of the Vision Statement. The answer to the second question determines the Mission Statement.

Ten years from now probably I have own a company, an outsourcing company. Aside from that I am also teaching online.

Resources:
http://www.time-management-guide.com/planning.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_planning

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PostSubject: assignment 1   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:11 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?

I see myself as a systems analyst or an IT consultant 10 years from now. I know there are still a lot of things to search out, explore, discover and improve along the way in reaching that dream but there could never stop you from attaining that goal or dream. As one speaker says, "you are the greatest prophet of yourself". So what you say to yourself will become you but it should be accompanied with actions or work. I still need to do something to get my goal though there are struggles, frustrations and problems that may be encountered on my way to that dream. I need to overcome the level I am now to reach that dream. I believe 10 years is too far in reaching it as long as I will do the things I need to do now in preparation for that goal.

Systems Analyst

A systems analyst is responsible for researching, planning, coordinating and recommending software and system choices to meet an organization's business requirements. The systems analyst plays a vital role in the systems development process. A successful systems analyst must acquire four skills: analytical, technical, managerial, and interpersonal. Analytical skills enable systems analysts to understand the organization and its functions, which helps him/her to identify opportunities and to analyze and solve problems. Technical skills help systems analysts understand the potential and the limitations of information technology. The systems analyst must be able to work with various programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms. Management skills help systems analysts manage projects, resources, risk, and change. Interpersonal skills help systems analysts work with end users as well as with analysts, programmers, and other systems professionals.

Because they must write user requests into technical specifications, the systems analysts are the liaisons between vendors and the IT professionals of the organization they represent. They may be responsible for developing cost analysis, design considerations, and implementation time-lines. They may also be responsible for feasibility studies of a computer system before making recommendations to senior management.

A systems analyst performs the following tasks:

* Interact with the customers to know their requirements
* Interact with designers to convey the possible interface of the software
* Interact/guide the coders/developers to keep track of system development
* Perform system testing with sample/live data with the help of testers
* Implement the new system
* Prepare High quality Documentation

Many systems analysts have morphed into business analysts. And, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that "Increasingly, employers are seeking individuals who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems."

IT Consultant

A consultant (from the Latin consultare means "to discuss" from which we also derive words such as consul and counsel) is a professional who provides advice in a particular area of expertise such as management, accountancy, the environment, entertainment, technology, law (tax law, in particular), human resources, marketing, medicine, finance, life management, economics, public affairs, communication, engineering, sound system design, graphic design, or waste management.

A consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide knowledge of the subject matter. A consultant usually works for a consultancy firm or is self-employed, and engages with multiple and changing clients. Thus, clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be feasible for them to retain in-house, and may purchase only as much service from the outside consultant as desired. It is generally accepted good corporate governance to hire consultants as a check to the Principal-Agent problem.

Information technology consulting (IT consulting, Computer consultancy, Computing consultancy, technology consulting or business and technology services) is a field that focuses on advising businesses on how best to use information technology to meet their business objectives. In addition to providing advice, IT consultancies often implement, deploy, and administer IT systems on businesses' behalf.

The IT consulting industry can be viewed as a three-tier system:

* Professional services firms which maintain large professional workforces and command high bill rates.
* Staffing firms, which place technologists with businesses on a temporary basis, typically in response to employee absences, temporary skill shortages and technical projects.
* Independent consultants, who function as employees of staffing firms (for US tax purposes, employed on "W-2"), or as independent contractors in their own right (for US tax purposes, on "1099").

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* 2 References

There is a relatively unclear line between management consulting and IT consulting. There are sometimes overlaps between the two fields, but IT consultants often have degrees in computer science, electronics, technology, or management information systems while management consultants often have degrees in accounting, economics, Industrial Engineering, finance, or a generalized MBA (Masters in Business Administration).

According to the Institute for Partner Education & Development, IT consultants' revenues come predominantly from design and planning based consulting with a mixture of IT and Business Consulting. This is different from a Systems Integrator in that you do not normally take title to product. Their value comes from their ability to integrate and support technologies as well as determining product and brands.

Here are my strategies:

1. Plan

This should be the first step that I'm going to do. I should plan all the things that I should do and consider in attaining my dream 10 years from now. Every step that I should take should be planned. This is one of the most important thing to do in order that I may have focus in my dream. In addition to this, I have taken some sources to give more idea in planning.

Planning is one of the most important project management and time management techniques. Planning is preparing a sequence of action steps to achieve some specific goal. If you do it effectively, you can reduce much the necessary time and effort of achieving the goal.

A plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is essential for making good decisions on where to go or what to do next.

One more reason why you need planning is again the 80/20 Rule. It is well established that for unstructured activities 80 percent of the effort give less than 20 percent of the valuable outcome. You either spend much time on deciding what to do next, or you are taking many unnecessary, unfocused, and inefficient steps.

Planning is also crucial for meeting your needs during each action step with your time, money, or other resources. With careful planning you often can see if at some point you are likely to face a problem. It is much easier to adjust your plan to avoid or smoothen a coming crisis, rather than to deal with the crisis when it comes unexpected.

Planning is a process for accomplishing purpose. It is blue print of business growth and a road map of development. It helps in deciding objectives both in quantitative and qualitative terms. It is setting of goals on the basis of objectives and keeping in view the resources.

What should a plan be?

A plan should be a realistic view of the expectations. Depending upon the activities, a plan can be long range, intermediate range or short range. It is the framework within which it must operate. For management seeking external support, the plan is the most important document and key to growth. Preparation of a comprehensive plan will not guarantee success, but lack of a sound plan will almost certainly ensure failure.

Purpose of Plan

Just as no two organizations are alike, so also their plans. It is therefore important to prepare a plan keeping in view the necessities of the enterprise. A plan is an important aspect of business. It serves the following three critical functions:

* Helps management to clarify, focus, and research their business's or project's development and prospects.
* Provides a considered and logical framework within which a business can develop and pursue business strategies over the next three to five years.
* Offers a benchmark against which actual performance can be measured and reviewed.

Importance of the planning Process

A plan can play a vital role in helping to avoid mistakes or recognize hidden opportunities. Preparing a satisfactory plan of the organization is essential. The planning process enables management to understand more clearly what they want to achieve, and how and when they can do it.

A well-prepared business plan demonstrates that the managers know the business and that they have thought through its development in terms of products, management, finances, and most importantly, markets and competition.

Planning helps in forecasting the future, makes the future visible to some extent. It bridges between where we are and where we want to go. Planning is looking ahead.

How to write an action plan

When writing an action plan to achieve a particular goal or outcome, you can get much help from the following steps.

* Clarify your goal. Can you get a visual picture of the expected outcome? How can you see if you have reached your destination? What does make your goal measurable? What constraints do you have, like the limits on time, money, or other resources.

* Write a list of actions. Write down all actions you may need to take to achieve your goal. At this step focus on generating and writing as many different options and ideas as possible. Take a sheet of paper and write more and more ideas, just as they come to your mind. While you are doing this, try not to judge or analyze.

* Analyze, prioritize, and prune. Look at your list of actions. What are the absolutely necessary and effective steps to achieve your goal? Mark them somehow. After that, what action items can be dropped from in the plan without significant consequences for the outcome. Cross them out.

* Organize your list into a plan. Decide on the order of your action steps. Start from looking at your marked key actions. For each action, what other steps should be completed before that action? Rearrange your actions and ideas into a sequence of ordered action steps. Finally, look at your plan once again. Are there any ways to simplify it even more?

* Monitor the execution of your plan and review the plan regularly. How much have you progressed towards your goal by now? What new information you have got? Use this information to further adjust and optimize your plan.

2. Study/School/Education

The second thing to do is to identify a school for me, which I am now, to be fully equipped, shaped and trained in order give me a knowledge about what my dream is all about. Studying or identifying myself in a school is an essential tool for to improve my interpersonal skills, technical skills and my mental aspect.

Education in its broadest sense is any act or experience that has a formative effect on the mind, character or physical ability of an individual. In its technical sense education is the process by which society deliberately transmits its accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another.

Teachers in educational institutions direct the education of students and might draw on many subjects, including reading, writing, mathematics, science and history. This process is sometimes called schooling when referring to the education of teaching only a certain subject, usually as professors at institutions of higher learning. There is also education in fields for those who want specific vocational skills, such as those required to be a pilot. In addition there is an array of education possible at the informal level, such as, in museums and libraries, with the Internet and in life experience.

The right to education has been described as a basic human right: since 1952, Article 2 of the first Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights obliges all signatory parties to guarantee the right to education. At world level, the United Nations' International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 guarantees this right under its Article 13.

Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and many other super achievers never finished grade school. They succeeded because they knew how to research, collect information for a selected project and process knowledge. Classroom environment does not work that way, it focuses on the collection of knowledge without a clear purpose, other than high-class grades. If the purpose does not motivate, other than to please the teacher, then there is nothing to process outside of memorizing answers for test. The typical student is academic challenged while being motivation starved. Lack of motivation is lack of knowledge processing skills. The typical college graduate will have a professional skill that supplies life’s basic needs, that’s all.

What is education? The answer is, all elements in the opening paragraph and more, relate to education and all should be considered. This would be ideal and sounds good, but "all" is not possible where performance must be measured. Only what can be measured will be selected and the measuring tool is the written test. Anyone who does not have the ability to put clear thoughts on paper is labeled a failure. All natural skills, including knowledge processing, does not count. The fact is, what is exercised grows stronger, what is ignored stays dormant. The classroom exercises the collection of academics leaving all other natural skills in the closet.

Test does not measure intelligence or ability, it does not measure how the mind processes information, how motivating experiences develop persistence, or how the mind sorts out instincts, opinions, evaluations, possibilities, alternatives. Knowledge by itself has no value, it is like a dictionary filled with words. Words by themselves have no value, it is the process of stringing them together that gives them value. How they are strung together determines the level of value. Now our education system is becoming a system that memorizes the dictionary. When students have memorized selected knowledge, then they will be given a one-day test, based on dictionary knowledge, which will influence employment opportunity for the rest of their life. Natural skills are not considered. Is this how America became the worlds' economic leader? NO! Knowledge only has value when used with a process and process in an artificial environment is not predictable or measurable.

Achievers in life use inspiration and motivation to overcome barriers. Teaching to the test does not inspire or motivate anyone, memorizing does not inspire a love to learn, in fact, it does just the opposite, it turns off the desire to learn. Education’s goal should be to develop a love to learn that stays with students throughout a lifetime. Education should be a lifetime experience, not limited to the youth years.

Educators are switching to test because there is a crisis in education of their own making and society wants measurable results. This pressure is passed on to political leaders who base political decisions on what is measurable, which is academic test and test are based on acceptance of the status quo. Every student must now accept the status quo and be an academic intellectual or be labeled a failure. Natural talent and knowledge processing skills does not count. Students receiving the failure label are growing in numbers and percent, all because the system measures selected knowledge on a one day standardized paper test.

Consider the parent who is having a problem with a word processor. On their own they can’t solve the problem. They have been collecting knowledge for years, but their knowledge processor is in hibernation. With any new gadget someone has to teach them, they can’t figure it out for themselves. Their thirteen-year-old boy comes to the rescue. He has limited knowledge, but he knows how to processes available information. He explores the word processor problem until he finds a solution. He is not unusually smart, this is a teenager’s natural approach to finding solutions.

All young children have a natural talent for creative process of information. It’s during the teen years that natural creative processing is replaced with the status quo. The status quo memorizes knowledge and forgets how to process it. In the classroom, memorizing is what counts. Standardized test reinforces the status quo. It kills creative processing ability. Status quo attitudes will follow them into adult life where they will have to ask their children for help.

Today, the education has a new tool on the market. Behavior control drugs. Any student who refuses to accept the status quo is labeled a troublemaker and will be drugged. The student now behaves in the classroom with glassy eyes and school officials receive high performance ratings. The student may get passing grades and land a job with a comfortable wage, but that will be all. Teenage dreams of great ambitions are gone.

Fact: Self-made millionaires are not "A" students in the classroom. The way they process knowledge is in conflict with classroom priorities. The self-made millionaire has a vision, then he researches specific knowledge, applies intuitive knowledge and process all elements, searching for a workable solution. Finding alternative ways to do common tasks makes millionaires. The secret is vision, research and processing, not pre stored knowledge.

The typical employer wants employees with dictionary knowledge, not visionaries. They want employees who follow orders, are willing to do repetitive tasks, be happy with a limited role, and accept the status quo. Repetitive tasks' is efficiency and this is where profits are made. Also, accepting the status quo prevents the exposure of blunders by leaders. Too many blunders and profits disappear. In a status quo environment visionaries become bored quickly and soon receive the troublemaker label by offering alternatives or exposing blunders, sometimes leading to dismissal, yet, their ideas increase efficiency and create new sources of profits for the company. In the long haul, visionaries are the one’s who make above average wages no matter what their formal education level. The education system now has the tools to kill off this type of person, behavior control drugs! As these students move into the workforce, status quo and blunders will kill off the typical business.

What can be considered a quality education? A quality education is custom design that addresses the unique abilities of each student and has a positive emotional experience. Custom education evaluates natural talent and how the student learns. This is why home schooled students out perform classroom students. Parents learn what works and does not work, then focus on what works. With this method, students develop a love to learn and learning becomes a lifelong process.

>>to be continued..


References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_analyst
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_technology_consulting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consultant
http://www.time-management-guide.com/planning.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planning
http://www.time-management-guide.com/plan.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education
http://www.motivation-tools.com/youth/what_is_education.htm
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PostSubject: I wanna be..   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:43 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be
called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are
your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)


Yes, we all know that the IT industry offers a wide range of positions that
vary in their requirements and expectations. To start an IT career, you should
have a reasonable idea of the requirements of the area you're interested in. In
this case, I am hoping to see my self as SOFTWARE PROFESSIONAL in which
interests me the most. To discuss..

Review: The
Software Professional


Software professionals develop software that drives the hardware. Popular
titles are Programmer, Systems analyst or System Developer. These individuals
create, manage and maintain software programs. To create such programs you need
to learn and master the art using programming languages (code). Popular
programming languages are Visual Basic, C and Java. It involves gathering
requirements, coding and testing.

Programmers create software products based on identified market needs, and or
specific user requirements. This allows a lot of room for creative ability and
innovative thinking while working to specifications and standards. In performing
systems analysis, you interact with users, observe their work flow and attempt
to create models that will satisfy the user. It means a certain degree of
conceptualization is required. To give the user what the user wants, the
analyst must know the working requirements of the user, sometimes to the minute
details. You need to love paying attention to details.

Analysts in some organizations may not necessarily start out with a computing
background. Often people bring their previous job experience to work with the
programming team in understanding user requirements. A programmer may be
involved in analysis, or may strictly focus on programming, or both. This
depends entirely on the working environment.

Programming, just like engineering design requires logical thinking, attention
to detail and the ability to focus for long periods. Although programming
routines tend to be more predictable than jobs with a fair amount of
troubleshooting, it can be quite intensive with regard to self-development. You
must be ready to keep learning programming languages/tools/updates because of
continuous enhancements in the way programs are written.

Scenario: Me and
my Job... 10 years from now!


I have observed that IT professionals until this 2010 have brought and
encounter new challenges. The unstoppable dynamics of the IT workforce and
corresponding workplace, the fast and immeasurable increase of globalization,
the advocates of information technology that concerns the green campus
computing, the explosion of mobile computing that spreads rapidly, the rise of
open software that surely helps all the other young professionals develop their
passion, and the commoditization of IT services will continue to have relevant
and significant impacts on our line of work. Thus, this would broaden the
competition among all other IT professionals in the next decade.

The above statement imposes that the competition in the next
decade would be more complex. Yet, it will give a good opportunity or should I
say a “green field” for It people.

I see my self as an independent one. A decade from now, I
see my self working at the comfort of my home! Enjoying the luxury I gained
from my job. As what my job is? Simple, a developer that works at home. :-)

study Issue: Is It really a Good Idea To Have a Specialization When Looking for an IT Job?

I found this interesting article that would clear up our mind.. Please read it.

"When it comes to specializing in specific technologies in the field of IT, I will say up front that there is no right or wrong career move that is applicable to everyone. However, there is a right or wrong answer for you. It all comes down to the path you see your career heading in the future, and your preferred work style. For some people, the decision comes easily. Some professionals have a great interest in one area of IT, making the move to specialization in this area an easy one.

On the other hand, it might be harder to tell if you’re naturally a generalist. Characteristics such as being a natural multi-tasker and enjoying the challenge of always learning new skill sets might guide you in the direction of being a generalist, but these feelings can also get confusing when you feel unsure that you have enough information to make a decision either way. To help with this confusion, we’ll flesh out some of the pros and cons of each path.

Specialization

The obvious benefit of specialization is that when people need your skills, you are automatically in high demand, as there are fewer people out there who have your specific skill set. This allows you the authority to demand a higher salary, and could even earn you a little more flexibility in your job. In addition, you automatically eliminate yourself from the trouble of being the IT dumping ground for any problem others can’t figure out, as you have a specific skill set, and it will be known that (for the most part) you will only work on projects within this area.

On the down side, it must be considered that your specialty could one day become out-dated, causing you to go on the hunt for another area to master. There are some exceptions to this rule, but in the ever-changing world of IT, the exceptions of today could become the rule of tomorrow. Also, having a narrowed skill set will put you out of the running for jobs which require lower-level mastery of several different skills, and might make you a less-worthy candidate for start-up companies who might only want to hire one person to do all things IT-related. But if you’re interested in a specific area, enjoy learning all there is to know about a certain subject, willing to deal with these consequences and think you’re geared more towards a job in consulting or a similar career path, specialization is the choice for you.

Generalization

As stated above, if you enjoy multi-tasking and having your hands in many projects at one time, generalization in the field of IT might be a good decision. Another benefit is that you will be very valuable to any company looking to keep only a few people on board who can then handle almost all IT requests. As a result, you will most likely be able apply for a broader range of job opportunities.

The downside is that, unless you are more skilled or quicker than the person next to you, you are no less disposable than they, as you won’t have the hard skills to justify your worth. That being said, you could also compensate for this with a number of talents—responsiveness, professionalism and efficiency being just a few. Generalists do very well in a corporate or start-up environment, so if you enjoy having all the answers and fast-paced work, this is your answer.

Either way you go, it’s never too late to turn back around. It will just be a matter of jumping back into the learning process. In fact, most professionals would agree that it’s always a good idea to stay on top of new and changing technologies regardless of where you think your career is going, so if you keep your head in the game, you might just wind up with more options than you thought possible."- Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR



study Job Overview: IT Job Descriptions and Job Prospects

Computer Programmers

Computer programmers write, test, and maintain the detailed instructions, called programs, that computers must follow to perform their functions. They also conceive, design, and test logical structures for solving problems by computer. Many technical innovations in programming - advanced computing technologies and sophisticated new languages and programming tools - have redefined the role of a programmer and elevated much of the programming work done today. Job titles and descriptions may vary, depending on the organization. In this occupational statement, computer programmer refers to individuals whose main job function is programming; this group has a wide range of responsibilities and educational backgrounds.

Computer Hardware Engineers

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer hardware and supervise its manufacture and installation. Hardware refers to computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, modems, and printers. The work of computer hardware engineers is very similar to that of electronics engineers, but unlike electronics engineers, computer hardware engineers work with computers and computer-related equipment exclusively. In addition to design and development, computer hardware engineers may supervise the manufacturing and installation of computers and computer-related equipment. The rapid advances in computer technology are largely a result of the research, development, and design efforts of computer hardware engineers. To keep up with technology change, these engineers must continually update their knowledge.

Computer Software Engineers

The explosive impact of computers and information technology on our everyday lives has generated a need to design and develop new computer software systems and to incorporate new technologies in a rapidly growing range of applications. The tasks performed by workers known as computer software engineers evolve rapidly, reflecting new areas of specialization or changes in technology, as well as the preferences and practices of employers. Computer software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that enable computers to perform their many applications.

Computer Support Specialists and Systems Administrators

In the last decade, computers have become an integral part of everyday life, used for a variety of reasons at home, in the workplace, and at schools. And almost every computer user encounters a problem occasionally, whether it is the disaster of a crashing hard drive or the annoyance of a forgotten password. The explosion of computer use has created a high demand for specialists to provide advice to users, as well as day-to-day administration, maintenance, and support of computer systems and networks.

Systems Analysts, Computer Scientists, and Database Administrators

The rapid spread of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained workers to design and develop new hardware and software systems and to incorporate new technologies. These workers-computer systems analysts, computer scientists, and database administrators-include a wide range of computer specialists. Job tasks and occupational titles used to describe these workers evolve rapidly, reflecting new areas of specialization or changes in technology, as well as the preferences and practices of employers.


Reference:
http://www.jidaw.com/myitcareer.html
Aadam's Computer Training Matrix[url=http://www.technical-resumes.com/is-it-a-good-idea-to-have-a-specialization-when-looking-for-an-it-job/ ]Technical resume[/url]


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:53 pm

weeh..what a question to ponder..would i really be a successful IT professional someday?..but thinking that i would be worthy to be called one..i would really want to be a database developer or maintain computer networks <even though i failed my database II and database subjects..lmao..>..

A database developer writes and modifies databases. Data in a database can be reorganized, dispersed, and accessed in a number of ways. Databases are important to companies and organizations, because they contain records or files, such as sales transactions, product catalogs and inventories, and customer profiles.

Database developers create management systems to provide effective and efficient access to information stored in databases. They provide expertise and guidance in the design, implementation and maintenance of database management systems. Database developers control the design and use of the database and they also determine the way the filing systems will be organized and accessed. An important part of this work involves implementing and controlling security procedures to protect the database from accidental or intentional damage or loss.

They must be good at communicating not only in computer languages, but with people as well. They not only develop the programs, but write up descriptions about them, prepare manuals, help screens, or explain the new systems in person to users. They might have to adapt the programs once they're in use, to make them more suitable to the users. In any business or office environment it is the database developers who are the authorities on the use of these management systems. This means they may spend a lot of their day, answering questions on the correct usage of the database and correcting any glitches that may come up within the system.

Database developers must have lots of experience with hardware, software, and computer systems and processes. They must be knowledgable about programming languages and techniques. These individuals have a strong interest and aptitude for computers. They should be methodical, logical, patient, careful, and accurate. Database developers must be adaptable to new things, and be able to work well under pressure. Thes need to be good communicators, who are able to work well with others, but also possess the self-discipline and stamina to work on their own.

Typical Tasks :

Exclamation Define system requirements by consulting data administrators and system users about the types of information needed
Exclamation Determine how data should be organized, who should have access to different data and how it should be displayed
Exclamation Design and develop data models and database architecture
Exclamation Construct, install and test the database system
Exclamation Write manuals or explain database's function
Exclamation Consult with others to assess the system performance and make modifications as required
Exclamation Modify existing databases, as user needs change
Exclamation Find faults in programs
Exclamation Prepare reports on databases
Exclamation Customize databases for specific needs
Exclamation Train users and provide technical support
Exclamation The typical day for a database developer will involve working with computers, analyzing, developing, and implementing systems. They will spend some of each day with others, answering questions, explaining how the systems work, and troubleshooting problems with existing systems. The job doesn't allow for much travel, as most of the work can be done from home or a head office, unless they need to examine computers at locations all over their community.

Workplaces, Employers and Industries

Exclamation Database developers can find work just about anywhere that computers are in use. Software development and consulting companies, government agencies, electronics companies, hospitals, universities, banks and law enforcement agencies are some of the places they could find work. They can also work independently, and contract out their business to different clients.
Exclamation They work regular hours in offices, or set their own hours and work from home, depending on the nature of their employer. They work in a small team of other programmers and computer staff.

Long Term Career Potential

Database developers can specialize in other areas, and become programmer analysts, software programmers, or web developers, to name a few. There are also jobs in administration, PC support, and web design and maintenance. Programmers can open their own businesses, or write a column or book about computers for the general public. There is also information technology (IT) instruction, at colleges and universities.



In order to become a database developer individuals should complete either a bachelor's degree in computer science or in another discipline with a significant programming component, such as mathematics, commerce, or business administration, or a college program in computer science. There are a number of three-year and four-year degree programs, two-year diploma programs and one-year certificate programs in this field offered by universities, colleges, technical institutes, and private vocational schools.

'http://www.schoolsintheusa.com/careerprofiles_details.cfm?carid=466

wooh..those were the descriptions of what a database developer should be and what he does..as for the strategies to get there..first, i have to really study hard..strive really hard to finish my studies..weeh..hmm..after studying, maybe i'l enroll somewhere else to master or to have a really good foundation at database developing..not that we werent taught at the university because we were taught so many things there but i really want to enroll in a course or a program that teaches solely database developing techniques and etc for me to become a very good one later..lmao..heheh..




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PostSubject: Assignment 1   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:55 pm

Well, I can view myself 10 years from now as an IT professional, particularly as MIS manager working in a corporation or company wherein I can share my skills related in the discipline I choose. Being an MIS Manager is not an easy task, for; you will be the one to coordinate and centralize all the group demands, preparing the status reports, supervising your standards, procedures, policies, work instructions and methodologies adopted during the implementation phase in your organization.

Now, let’s discuss again what Management Information System is. Management Information Systems consist of hardware and software that are used to process information automatically. Commonly, MIS systems are used within organizations to allow many individuals to access and modify information. In many organizations, the management information system mainly operates behind the scene, and the user community is rarely involved or even aware of the processes that are handled by the MIS. A computer system used to process orders for a business could be considered a management information system because it is assisting users of the system in automating processes related to orders. Other examples of modern management information systems are websites that process transactions for an organization or even those that serve support requests to users. A simple example of a management information system might be the support website for a product could be considered an MIS because it returns information to the end user after some initial input is provided.

Online bill pay at a bank also qualifies as a management information system — when a bill is scheduled to be paid, the user has provided information for the system to act against. The management information system then processes the payment when the due date approaches. The automated action taken by the online system is to pay the bill as requested. Since the bills within an online bill pay system can be scheduled to be automatically paid month after month, the user is not required to provide further information. Many times the bill pay system will also produce an email for the user to let them know that the action has occurred and what the outcome of the action was.
Management Information Systems typically have their own staff whose function it is to maintain existing systems and implement new technologies within a company. These positions are often highly specialized, allowing a team of people to focus on different areas within the computer system.

In recent years, colleges and universities have begun offering entire programs devoted to management information systems. In these programs, students learn how to manage large interconnected computer systems and troubleshoot the automation of these management information systems.

Many people use management information systems every day without thinking about the actual system they are using. Sure the individual will see a website and enter information, expecting an action to happen, but these websites, just like the accounting systems used by large corporations, are in fact management information systems.
Being MIS Manager is responsible in supervising the safe use of the system by the various operators, with respect of the procedures of your company and per the accounting rules and principles. Not only that, but responsible also in editing and printing frequently the appropriate management reports while checking and inspecting the results; these reports must be programmed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and distributed the concerned departments.

MIS Managers have major duties so that his organization will be successful. To wit:
• Supervise activities of MIS staff.
• Identify critical business issues and develop workable solutions for customers as well as MIS associates. These solutions may include enhancements to existing core applications, new software packages, and/or customer programs.
• Define MIS standards and policies in compliance with external auditors.
• Identify, recommend, and manage deployment of "best of breed" hardware and software upgrades and purchases for Finance and Administration.
• Prepare and manage the Management Information Systems operating and capital budgets.
• In conjunction with users, prepare, test, and maintain a disaster recovery plan for administrative systems.
• In conjunction with users, develop and maintain documentation, procedures, security, and training of staff members and end users of administrative systems.
• Maintain professional expertise in administrative computing systems and technology.

If you want to be MIS Manager or any kind of manager, here are some simple tips so that you need inorder for you to be successful in your work and career. To wit:

1. Try to learn as much as possible about the people you are working with (needs, family lives, hobbies etc)
You should be friendly to all of the people that surrounds you in your workplace. Try to have some times in bonding with them so that your relation to them will be closer.

2. Keep smiling! Be positive (you can transfer your energy to the others)
Having a smiley and bright face contributes more motivation to your employees.

3. Have short informal conversation with your employees! (use their first names - it is very important).
Be more humorous to your employees. Call them either in their nicknames or first names.

4. Be patient and listen to them (encourage them to say more, keep eye-contact and focused attention).
If one of your employees commit some mistakes, try to listen and understand them why they made that fault.

5. Shape your speech according to their expectation and interests.
Not all the times you can use a formal speech to them, try to become informal but not all the times.

6. Give a good stroke! (say something nice when you meet them).
Greet them if you meet them.

7. Don't give orders! Ask questions!
If you want to request some orders, say it nice.

8. Praise people any time for their achievements (they will love it)
If they made some achievement even it is simple, praise them for it will contribute motivation to them.

9. Have the same behavior and attitude with everybody around you.
Be more friendly to them.

10. Identify the sources of conflicts and try to solve them in time.
If there are conflicts in your organization, solve it and understand why it happened.

11. Do not criticize, do not blame do not complain.
Do not judge anyone in your organization.

12. Show strong determination and try to motivate the others.
Be more positive for everyone depends on you.

13. Don't be moody! Be well-balanced and good-tempered all the time.
Don’t nag for any no reason.

14. Don't say "NO!" (replace it with "What if")
Try to listen others opinion and be more optimistic


In addition, here is a link to be a SUCCESSFUL IT PROFESSIONAL. http://www.google.com.ph/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=2&ved=0CAsQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnet.educause.edu%2Fir%2Flibrary%2Fpdf%2FERM0613.pdf&rct=j&q=how+to+be+successful+IT+professional&ei=6k_-SuyKEp3a6gPNxMjpCg&usg=AFQjCNF7Wq2nQ5bdgQ_Vo4zgFxMTxwGrvw

Lastly, without an ambition, you cannot achieve what you want to be. As what the elders said , "Hindi masama ang mangarap." That is why, while it is early try to have some dreams you want to be in the near future and don't forget some tips on how to become successful in your career.


References:
http://www.whoi.edu/services/HR/jobdescp/administrative/mismgr.htm
http://www.sd-lb.com/WhitePapers/WP_MISProfile.pdf
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-management-information-systems.htm


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PostSubject: ASSIGNMENT 1   Sat Nov 14, 2009 12:56 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)


what a tough question! weew.


As i was thinking for the answer in this assignment, i suddenly pondered and asked myself lots of questions like \"nganong nag IT man ko na dili man ko hawud mu program?\", \" nganong kani man akong course?\", \"kanus-a pa kaya ko mu-graduate?\", .. sigh!


10 years from now, i will be called as an IT professional. I might be working as an IT consultant in the largest company in the Philippines, or i might be developing a system..sabi nga nila \" LIBRE ANG MANGARAP\". To be able to achieve these goals i will surely undergo lots of burdens or should i say headaches??

Some basic and easy ways on how to become successful in your life or otherwise, ways for personal development are:

1. You need to relax

Relaxation exercises range from traditional forms of meditation that have theirroots in Eastern cultures to modern systematic relaxation exercisesthat have been scientifically developed and are more suited to the
western way of thinking. They help to reduce the intensity of stresssymptoms (headaches, migraines, anxiety, insomnia, etc.) but also inpreparing the individual to recognize the symptoms from their initialstages. Their common characteristic is that the person with constantpractice can acquire the habit of thinking and acting more calm and
functional. Acting more calm can help you think and concentrate betterand will help you to become successful in your life.

2. You need to use your time efficiently

People complain that they do not have enough time available. But more oftenthe problem is not the time in quantity but in the way we manage our time. Important elements in proper time management are the do-to lists, prioritization, and the ability to focus on one task at a time, the ability to recognise and set targets. With proper time management you
will have more time to think and plan how to become successful in your life.

3. Demanding Behaviour


Demand behaviour techniques aim to strengthen the capacity of individuals todefend their rights without denying the rights of others and without being aggressive or insulting. In this way you can face the appropriateinterpersonal relations and also to learn how to say "no" whereappropriate and when necessary, to express your feelings rather thanbeen passive and inactive. Learning to sometimes say no will help youdecide what is best for you and you can change your life by being
selective on what to do and on what no to do.

4. You need to learn how to solve your problems


Being
able to solve your problems is a major step on becoming successful.Problems are present in daily life and if you find ways to solve them then this will really change your life.

Some techniques for problem
management are:

1) Definition of the problem

2) Alternative solutions to the problem
3) Choosing the right strategy to address the problem
4) Proper design of the selected strategy (where, when, how)
5) Implementation of the solution
6) Evaluation The problems never stop! The basic rule is
this: instead of facing problems «automatically» with our usual styleand approach, to begin to look reasonable and separately each problem,create alternatives and choose the best solution, according to the importance of the problem and our experience.

5. You need to be dynamic


In
order to have a positive and dynamic presence you need to be able tofrankly and directly express your feelings and ideas, both negative and positive. To do this you must create a good contact with yourself and with your feelings!In conclusion, it must be noted that there are a lot of ways on how to become successful. This tips only server as
a quick guide to help you get started. The whole process is difficult and sometimes it takes time. This is not always something bad. Instead, it helps us be alert, can warn us against possible dangers and helps us
prepare better.

“Want to be successful?”

Most of us already have good character traits which we can develop over time. Have you ever wondered whether or not you have the character traits to become successful? We have read about people who became successful in different areas
in life but we are not aware on how to reach success as being a professional. Well, success takes hard work and people who are willing to do it.

Here are traits in order to become successful professionals:
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They enjoytheir work. A sense of purpose is on them and acquiring time of their lives doing
their job.
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Successfulpeople have a positive attitude and plenty of confidence. They never seem to doubt that they will attain andwhen they do, it contributes more strongly to their self-esteem.

They use negative occurrence to discover theirstrong point.
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They are influential,disciplined goal setters. Most hard workers have an apparent idea what they want out of life.

Integrity andthey help others succeed.
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They are determined.They are persisted and kept improving until they got the money.

They take risks. Few people ever get to the top without sticking their necks out - and when successful people make mistakes, they shrug them off and go on with their lives.

They have good communication skills and problem solving skills. They actively seek suggestions from others although
they already come up an answer for a particular problem.
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They surround themselves with capable, responsible and encouraging people. No matter how smart or creative a person might be, he must have others he can trust.

They are healthy, have high energy levels and schedule time to renew themselves.
In combination these traits work together and give a huge advantage to successful people. Because of this they can easily
and wisely respond to change. Because of strong personal relationships, goodwill and good advisers are present on them when there are things that are going bad. These traits can be learned and genetic.

The Importance of Planning
No one wants to think about a time when they might need long-term
care. So planning ahead for this possibility often gets put off. Most people first learn about long-term care when they or a loved one need care. Then their options are often limited by lack of information, the
immediate need for services, and insufficient resources to pay for preferred services. Planning ahead allows you to have more control over your future.

Why Plan Ahead for Long-Term Care?

Planning ahead for long-term care is important because there is a good chance you will need some long-term care services if you live beyond the age of 65. About 70 percent of people over age 65 require some services, and the likelihood of needing care increases as you age.

Planning ahead helps you understand what service options are available in your community, what special conditions may apply for
receiving services, for example, age or other eligibility criteria, what services cost, and what payment options – public and private –
apply. Having this information helps ensure you will have a range of options when you need long-term care, and makes it more likely that you will have more choice and control over where and how you receive
services.
Planning ahead is important because the cost of long-term care services often exceeds what the average person can pay from income and other resources. By planning ahead, you may be able to save your assets
and income for uses other than long-term care, including preserving the quality of life for your spouse or other loved ones. With planning, there is a greater likelihood of being able to leave an estate to your heirs, because you are less likely to use up your financial resources paying for care.
Planning ahead also means less emotional and financial stress on you and your family. It can provide a way to involve your family in
decisions without depending on them to bear the entire burden alone. Finally, for many people, one of the most important advantages of planning ahead is to ensure greater independence should you need care.
Your choices for receiving care outside of a facility and being able to stay at home or receive services in the community for as long as possible are greater if you have planned ahead.

Why People Don't Plan Ahead

There are many reasons why people don't plan ahead for long-term care. These include the natural tendency to avoid thinking about
becoming dependent on others for your care, misinformation about the risks of needing care, and lack of knowledge about the cost of care and payment options.
Most people don't like to think about getting older, developing a disability, becoming less independent, or needing help with personal
care. Many people don't realize that their chance of needing long-term care by the time they turn 65 is as high as 70 percent.
People commonly misunderstand how expensive long-term care is, and how it is paid for. Consumer surveys have shown that many individuals don't realize that health insurance, Medicare, and/or disability coverage do not pay for most long-term care services. Medicaid pays for some long-term care services, but only if you qualify for the program
because you have limited income and financial resources. Some people find it too difficult to raise these subjects with their
loved ones, making it difficult to explore and define their plans. Adult children often feel like they are patronizing their parents if
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Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Various business analysis techniques can be used in strategic planning, including SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats ), PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social, and Technological), STEER analysis (Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Regulatory
factors), and EPISTEL (Environment, Political, Informatic, Social, Technological, Economic and Legal).
Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization's future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:

  1. "What do we do?"
  2. "For whom do we do it?"
  3. "How do we excel?"

In business strategic planning, the third question is better phrased "How can we beat or avoid competition?".
In many organizations, this is viewed as a process for determining where an organization is going over the next year or more -typically 3 to 5 years, although some extend their vision to 20 years.
In order to determine where it is going, the organization needs to know exactly where it stands, then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there. The resulting document is called the "strategic
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Vision: Defines the desired or intended future state of an organization or enterprise in terms of its fundamental objective and/or strategic direction. Vision is a long term view, sometimes describing a view of how the organization would like the world in which it operates to be. For example a charity working with the poor might have a vision statement which read "A world without poverty" Mission: Defines the fundamental purpose of an organization or an enterprise, basically describing why it exists and what it does to
achieve its Vision. A corporate Mission can last for many years, or for the life of the organization. It is not an objective with a timeline, but rather the overall goal that is accomplished over the years as objectives are achieved that are aligned with the corporate mission. Values: Beliefs that are shared among the stakeholders of an organization. Values drive an organization's culture and priorities.

Organizations sometimes summarize goals and objectives into a mission statement and/or a vision statement Others begin with a vision and mission and use them to formulate goals and objectives. While the existence of a shared mission is extremely useful, many strategy specialists question the requirement for a written mission statement. However, there are many models of strategic planning that start with mission statements, so it is useful to examine them here.

  • A Mission statement tells you the fundamental purpose
    of the organization. It defines the customer and the critical
    processes. It informs you of the desired level of performance.



  • A Vision statement outlines what the organization
    wants to be, or how it wants the world in which it operates to be. It
    concentrates on the future. It is a source of inspiration. It provides
    clear decision-making criteria.

An advantage of having a statement is that it creates value for those who get exposed to the statement, and those prospects are
managers, employees and sometimes even customers. Statements create a sense of direction and opportunity. They both are an essential part of the strategy-making process.
Many people mistake vision statement for mission statement, and sometimes one is simply used as a longer term version of the other. The Vision should describe why it is important to achieve the Mission. A Vision statement defines the purpose or broader goal for being in existence or in the business and can remain the same for decades if crafted well. A Mission statement is more specific to what the enterprise can achieve itself. Vision should describe what will be achieved in the wider sphere if the organization and others are successful in achieving their individual missions. A mission statement can resemble a vision statement in a few
companies, but that can be a grave mistake. It can confuse people. The mission statement can galvanize the people to achieve defined objectives, even if they are stretch objectives, provided it can be
elucidated in SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) terms. A mission statement provides a path to realize the vision in line with its values. These statements have a direct bearing on the bottom line and success of the organization.
Which comes first? The mission statement or the vision statement? That depends. If you have a new start up business, new program or plan to re engineer your current services, then the vision will guide the mission statement and the rest of the strategic plan. If you have an established business where the mission is established, then many times, the mission guides the vision statement and the rest of the strategic plan. Either way, you need to know your fundamental purpose - the mission, your current situation in terms of internal resources and capabilities (strengths and/or weaknesses) and external conditions (opportunities and/or threats), and where you want to go - the vision for the future. It's important that you keep the end or desired result in sight from the start.

Features of an effective vision statement include:


  • Clarity and lack of ambiguity
  • Vivid and clear picture
  • Description of a bright future
  • Memorable and engaging wording
  • Realistic aspirations
  • Alignment with organizational values and culture
To become really effective, an organizational vision statement must (the theory states) become assimilated into the organization's culture. Leaders have the responsibility of communicating the vision regularly, creating narratives that illustrate the vision, acting as role-modelsby embodying the vision, creating short-term objectives compatible with the vision, and encouraging others to craft their own personal vision compatible with the organization's overall vision. In addition, mission statements need to be subjected to an internal assessment and an external assessment. The internal assessment should focus on how
members inside the organization interpret their mission statement. The external assessment — which includes all of the businesses stakeholders — is valuable since it offers a different perspective. These discrepancies between these two assessments can give insight on the organization's mission statement effectiveness. Another approach to defining Vision and Mission is to pose two questions. Firstly, "What aspirations does the organization have for the world in which it operates and has some influence over?", and following on from this, "What can (and /or does) the organization do or contribute to fulfill those aspirations?". The succinct answer to the first question provides the basis of the Vision Statement. The answer to the second question determines the Mission Statement.




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PostSubject: Assignment #1   Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:53 pm

THE GOAL / DREAM

Before I start telling what I think myself worthy to be called as an IT professional 10 years from, I am going to share my dreams when I was just a kid and how it came that I pursued Information Technology as a career and as a profession. When I was young, well when I was younger, I used to see myself just like my father. My father is a civil engineer and I can honestly tell that I was one of those kids who dreamed about following their father’s footsteps even though I did not know what a civil engineer is. Honestly I did not even know what an engineer was. As a kid I had many dreams in life. I wanted to become anything I want to be, anything that I can come to think of. When I was in primary school my dream of becoming a civil engineer faded. I wanted to become an architect instead of being an engineer. Still I did not fully know what an architect is and what an architect does. I just had a plain perception that an architect draws and designs buildings and during that time I was also hooked into drawing. Anyway during that time I was like an unguided missile, ready to launch but has no definite target.

When I got to secondary school my dream of becoming an architect remained as it is up until I got to third year high school. During this stage of my high school days I became addicted to music and at the same time an enthusiast of computer games. When I say computer games, I was not only in it for the game but I was in it because I admired the graphics. (The graphics at that time was not yet sophisticated and complex compared to now.) It was at that time when I realized that I wanted to integrate art with technology. I use to watch movies that use animation and frankly I had a green eye to those people who can actually make pictures move like it is real. Now from becoming a civil engineer to architect to becoming an animator or rather a graphic artist. By the time I got to the fourth year of my high school days my father already asked me of what course do I want to pursue when I go to college. I said I wanted to be a graphic artist, and then we started scouting for schools that offer this kind of course but sadly at that time there was none. After a few days of searching my father found a school but it is not located here in Davao City but in Manila. The University of Santo Tomas (UST) offers Fine Arts course major in Graphics. I finally found the school so during the fourth quarter of the school year I went to Manila to take the entrance exam. Fortunately I passed the exam and I was fit to enroll but guess what? My father decided that I needed to have a backup plan so he told me to take the entrance exam in The University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP). So enrolling in The University of Southeastern Philippines was really not my first choice but thanks to that backup plan I gained my bearing. My father withdrew in sending me to The University of Santo Tomas because there was no doubt that we could save a lot of money if I enroll in The University of Southeastern Philippines.

During that time my perception of pursuing Information Technology was not that clear. I was not knowledgeable of the future that I will have if I pursue this kind of career. Although I still did not lose my dream of becoming a graphic artist I learned from the presentation that Sir RSG gave to us during the freshmen orientation that Information Technology encompasses a large field and that the possibilities are endless. I could become many things as long as it is covered by Information Technology and by talking Information Technology it pretty much includes almost everything. I know now that I am not only limited in a single task when I finish this course but I am pretty much capable of many things.

Now getting to the main topic of what do I think of myself worthy to be called as an IT professional 10 years from now. When I was undergoing Human Resource Management I remember that one of the jobs that I wanted to have was to become a Graphic Artist, Web Designer, Database Administrator or a part of the team that leads the MIS of a big company. I have still got my dream in me but this time it has become specific and has a purpose. Ten years from now I would picture myself doing one of these jobs but I honestly cannot say that his goal is final because a lot of things can happen in a span of 10 years. Maybe 4 to 6 years from now Information Technology will have new possibilities to come up. I mean, technology is evolving faster than we can imagine. Who knows what could happen in a span of 4 to 6 years or maybe 10 years from now. However I do know that a part of me says that I want to become like Mr. RSG. I am saying that Mr. RSG is one IT professional that an Information Technology student can look up to. I mean I could not become what Mr. RSG exactly is but I do hope that I could follow some of his ways.

Moving away from discussion (I just want to share it), I also want to become a music teacher. I want to teach music to students who want to increase their knowledge in music. Of course I still need to study more about music so that I would be worthy to teach and someday when I actually become a music teacher focusing on bass guitar I could apply my IT profession so that teaching would be made easy. The reason why I want to teach music to other people because I learned from some show that I watched in the television (I cannot even remember) that music could stimulate the brain and there were also studies that found that students who are in to music are those who perform well and excel in class compared to those who have not. I am not saying that only those who are into music are the only ones who excel in class, it’s just that it helps.

REALIZATION

During our second meeting on Management Information System 2 last November 16, 2009 our facilitator, Mr. RSG, asked us (well not all of us) about our dreams or rather what we answered in this assignment. Many of my classmates answered what jobs they wanted to have when they graduate and some answered that they wanted to graduate. Then our facilitator told us that we don't need an IT education to be able to land those jobs that we want and he told us we have to dream and set higher goals, one that is useful, life altering and one that could benefit a lot of people. Then I realized that I was not aiming that high or setting goals that could benefit a lot of people. I also realized that dreams are in fact "Free" and "Unlimited" but I know that a man does not have many dreams. If a man has a dream every other week then he or she does not know what a dream is. I heard this line from one of the Diamonds in Amway. A dream is a thing that you hold on to. You feel the urge to achieve that goal and you feel like doing every possible thing to get it. So now I came to visualize my self as an owner of a company somewhat like those companies who make technologies that could better the lives of people. A company that promotes green computing to better the lives of people but not at the expense of nature itself. As IT professionals we should be solution providers. Green Computing according to Wikipedia refers to the environmentally sustainable computing or IT. It is "the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems—such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems—efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment. Green IT also strives to achieve economic viability and improved system performance and use, while abiding by our social and ethical responsibilities. Thus, green IT includes the dimensions of environmental sustainability, the economics of energy efficiency, and the total cost of ownership, which includes the cost of disposal and recycling. It is the study and practice of using computing resources efficiently." Our school promotes Green Campus Computing and as a student from this school I have to follow the things that my school has started. This is what I have visualized my self worthy to be called an IT professional ten years from now. This goal serves as my target and I hope that in the future I could reach it, besides dreams are free.


STRATEGIES TO REACH THE GOAL / DREAM

I would not be enumerating the strategies but rather I will just write it as it pops out of mind. Well the first step of getting to that goal is to graduate. The first strategy would be to identify my priorities. Well if I am going to graduate from this course and university I will surely need to identify my priorities. There are many things that I could do while studying and it also means that there are many factors that could possibly retract me from my focus and distract me and if I lose my focus I would lose my bearing and delay me from reaching my goals. Enter only those opportunities that are essential and related to your chosen career and enter only those that can help you build your career. Discard unimportant matters because as what my parents use to say “Study now, play later”. It means that you could do everything you want after you graduate.

Study and be updated. That’s another strategy that I have in mind. This type of profession or career is not static. It could change anytime (that is why we need to have a strategy or a plan) just like what organizations or companies do at the end of a year. Organizations or companies have a strategic planning at the end of each year, it is where they evaluate their performance, identify strengths and weaknesses, and identify solutions to their problem(s). Be updated of the current trend or latest technology so as to be aware of the changes in the industry. In this career or profession being not updated is just like being uncompetitive. Right now I am doing my best to be more aware and be updated as to the latest trend being used in the Information Technology industry. I lack the funds to buy or purchase the latest equipments and gadgets but that does not stop me from learning about these new things and how to use them. Internet can also be a source of knowledge. The internet can be a powerful source of information if you know how to us it. Other than that, seminars and forums could also keep you updated with the latest trends and it costs less than paying someone who will teach. There are other ways of learning aside from paying or purchasing we just need to more resourceful.

Identifying strengths and weaknesses, by identifying my strengths and weaknesses I will have a better lookout on where I should give more focus to compensate my weaknesses and to even strengthen my strong points. I still need to learn a lot considering that right now there are many sophisticated and complex technologies in the market and considering that technology constantly changes and upgrades. Right now I starting to learn more about using other ways to make web based programs aside from using PHP. I got my fascination in PHP and CSS when I enrolled or rather took a crash course in PHP and CSS during the summer of 2008 to 2009 together with John David de Peralta, Roy Laurentino Cuevas, Jalil Paniambaan and Jan Ray Suriba at Amigoas (Come to think of it, our certificates are still in Joda’s hands). Taking that crash course gave me an advantage on our previous subject, Database Analysis and Design 3, which focused on PHP and MySql. I noticed that I lack the knowledge to make this kind of programs so I decided to join the group.

Gaining proper and sufficient experience is also part the steps to get me to my goal. As others say, experience is the best teacher. I have heard from numerous persons that what you learn from school is not always the thing that is applied when you land a job. Hearing from them gave me an idea that I should take or experience applying the theories that I have learned from school because when you practice applying what you have learned and you happen to master it, it is just like breathing. Experience is a vital part of gaining bearing, finding a job and becoming a worthy IT professional. By saying “gaining experience” it also means learning the proper and necessary knowledge to become competitive because whether you accept it or not there will be a lot of competition in this trade. It can also be your edge against your competitors in landing a job because employers would rather choose or prefer employing those people with experience rather than those who still have not.

Start building connections and building people skills. When I say building connections I am pertaining to building good relationships with people are “In” to Information Technology particularly IT professionals. Why do we need to build these connections? In time you will find that the people that you have known over the years have knowledge that you or I do not possess and connections that you or I have not established. These people can bridge us to other people not necessarily IT professionals, it can be businessmen, managers, CEO’s and the like who are pretty much in need of people who are knowledgeable in IT. In time that I graduate at least I already have some options. Anyway you will not lose anything. Its either you learn from them or work for them it is pretty much up to you and either of the two you have already gained a friend. It is giving without losing. Building people skills is very important in this field of work because there are jobs that you will not be working alone by yourself. There are jobs that you do as a team. For example, in a company that manufactures or makes programs, generic or customized, to their clients, making or developing the program cannot be accomplished singlehandedly. Maybe it can be accomplished but not in time. In developing programs or systems there is always a time frame. It can never be without a timeframe otherwise it would be like a farmer waiting for rain, you do not know the exact time and date. Similarly, in the school scenario just like in the Institute of Computing, the teachers give projects and they give deadlines for the projects to be submitted. Of course the students should follow that deadline because otherwise their project would be rejected and they end up getting a failing grade. My point is that as early as now we need to build our people skills so that we could work harmoniously with the team. Just like Ms. Enriquez said about “Swapang Na Programmer” they never get the job done in time, then it is a software failure.

Control and Save. In time when you do actually get a job and you earn money from it, the next difficult part other than earning for a living is actually to maintain and control that money and keep it for the dry seasons or the rainy days or emergencies perhaps. I have seen people not in the IT profession who have acquired good jobs and a reasonable salary spend their money like there is no tomorrow because they have a big salary. You will never know if the job you have today is the job that you will actually retire in, that is why saving your money for the rainy days is very helpful. Anyway this is my opinion.

Pray for guidance and help. I do not know for the others but I consider praying as a good strategy. It never fails me. I mean if you possess great intellect and you happen to acquire a great job with a great salary but you do not have good relations with your religion that still isn’t enough. I am catholic, I pray to God for guidance and help and I always feel safe whenever I ask for guidance. As other say, money is a universal provider but not happiness. I believe that one our very goal is to become happy in life. You cannot be truly happy unless you put your religion as a part of your life.

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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:08 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?

At first when I enrolled at this course I have no idea on what this course is all about. Because this course is not one of the course that I have in mind after I graduated high school. When I was just in high school I really want to take architecture, that’s why I have taken entrance exam in different schools here in Davao. I’m afraid that the result of those entrance exams is failure that’s why I took more entrance exams in different schools that are not offering architecture. Actually taking an entrance exam in USEP is just one of my back-up plans. But luckily not one of those exams that I took had failed. My Grandmother really wants me to study in Ateneo. But when we visited my aunt’s house she asked me if I had taken an entrance exam in USEP and I said yes. She told me that USEP is nice school with low tuition fee. After I heard all the good things that my aunt said to me about the school I decided that I want to enroll in that school. Because before, I am just a happy go lucky person. The things that are in my mind before after I heard what my aunt told me about the school is if I enroll in a low tuition fee school my allowance will increase. That’s why I want to enroll at USEP because it is high standard university and have a low tuition so my allowance will increase. Because I’m a happy go lucky person I just do what I want to do. Hahahaha. I’m really stupid. After that I have to choose what course that I will take in USEP. When I was young until now, I really love art and I always draw. When I was in high school, I became addicted to music. I learn how to play musical instruments and have our band and I also became part of the school’s dance troop. I also became addicted to video game, that’s why I choose IT. Before, I want to be an animator or graphic artist. I want to use technology to enhance my skills in art. But when I became an IT student, I understand what an IT is all about. Although it is somehow related to what I have in mind before, but IT is more than what I think of it before. As time goes I’ve became more interested about this course.

IT has wide scope of fields. IT professional can work in a variety of work area, such as Programming, Engineering, Database Administration, Networking, Web Development, E-commerce and IT consultant.

IT professional create, operate, maintain and program computers. IT professional must have the skills and knowledge required to carry out specialized tasks in a recognized field of IT.

To be a competent IT professional, you must know what the expectations of your colleagues, your industry, your clients and the general public are. Meeting these expectations is what qualifies you to call yourself a professional, and what gives you recognition as a professional. Because like our MIS teacher said there many IT professional nowadays that is not worthy to be called IT professional. In today's world the role of the IT professional is crucial. IT has become an essential resource for most organizations. The evolving scenario is one of a growing complexity of computer systems and businesses dependence on them. Qualified and competent IT professionals are needed to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of computers.

10 years from now I see myself as a competent IT professional specialized in many fields. But before that I want to talk about the things that might happen before I reach 31. There are many things I want to learn in achieve in the field that I’ve chosen. I want to be a web developer, IT educator, Database administrator and be an IT consultant. I even want to be a 2D and 3D animator and do 2d and 3D modeling to practice my artistic skills.

10 years from now I see myself working in a big company as a successful IT professional. 10 years from now I see myself as an IT manager, system analyst, DBA or web developer. But I really want to be an IT consultant.

Information technology consulting is a field that focuses on advising businesses on how best to use information technology to meet their business objectives. In addition to providing advice, IT consultancies often implement, deploy, and administer IT systems on businesses' behalf.

The IT consulting industry can be viewed as a three-tier system:

• Professional services firms which maintain large professional workforces and command high bill rates.
• Staffing firms, which place technologists with businesses on a temporary basis, typically in response to employee absences, temporary skill shortages and technical projects.
• Independent consultants, who function as employees of staffing firms, or as independent contractors in their own right.

There is a relatively unclear line between management consulting and IT consulting. There are sometimes overlaps between the two fields, but IT consultants often have degrees in computer science, electronics, technology, or management information systems while management consultants often have degrees in accounting, economics, Industrial Engineering, finance, or a generalized MBA (Masters in Business Administration).

According to the Institute for Partner Education & Development, IT consultants' revenues come predominantly from design and planning based consulting with a mixture of IT and Business Consulting. This is different from a Systems Integrator in that you do not normally take title to product. Their value comes from their ability to integrate and support technologies as well as determining product and brands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_technology_consulting

I know that getting in that position is not an easy thing to do. In order to become a competent IT professional you should work hard and be knowledgeable about the IT industry to meet the demands of the company that you’re working for.

To be an IT professional that I want to be someday it is essential to have strategies and plans on how to get there.

Strategies

First is to finish my studies as an IT student and obtain my college diploma. This is the very first step to become an IT professional. Because without your college degree the dream of becoming an IT professional will be out of reach.

Know some IT people and become familiar with the IT industry. People in the IT industry could really help me grow as an IT professional because along the way I will know people that have the skills and abilities that I don’t have. I could learn many things from those people. Exchanging knowledge with IT professionals could really help me great.

Gaining enough work experience. Gaining enough experience could really help me grow to become a competent IT professional because experience is the best teacher.

Training and workshop. Training is very important in achieving my goal. Because training can help me acquire new knowledge and skills. And training can also strengthen me and convert my weakness into strength.

Have an inspiration. You should have an inspiration so that you could stay in the path that you are taking. To remind you on why you are here, why are you doing this and why you want to become somebody someday.

And the last is, to enjoy everything that you are doing and love your work. Hahahaha. Just enjoy.

After working with the company and obtaining knowledge on how to run the company. I will start my own business and have my own company someday. Wish me luck.


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:40 pm


Personal success is really nothing more than a strong moral compass, simple common sense and lots and lots of hard work.

During our MIS 1, we were asked to develop a job description for a job we would like to hold in the future. And I have chosen of becoming a
Database Administrator who is a person responsible for the environmental aspects of a database. The role of a database administrator has changed according to the technology of database management systems (DBMSs) as well as the needs of the owners of the databases. For example, although logical and physical database designs are traditionally the duties of a database analyst or database designer, a DBA may be tasked to perform those duties.

Duties

The duties of a database administrator vary and depend on the job description, corporate and Information Technology (IT) policies and the technical features and capabilities of the DBMS being administered. They nearly always include disaster recovery (backups and testing of backups), performance analysis and tuning, data dictionary maintenance, and some database design.

Some of the roles of the DBA may include

Installation of new software — It is primarily the job of the DBA to install new versions of DBMS software, application software, and other software related to DBMS administration. It is important that the DBA or other IS staff members test this new software before it is moved into a production environment.

Configuration of hardware and software with the system administrator — In many cases the system software can only be accessed by the system administrator. In this case, the DBA must work closely with the system administrator to perform software installations, and to configure hardware and software so that it functions optimally with the DBMS.

Security administration — One of the main duties of the DBA is to monitor and administer DBMS security. This involves adding and removing users, administering quotas, auditing, and checking for security problems.

Data analysis — The DBA will frequently be called on to analyze the data stored in the database and to make recommendations relating to performance and efficiency of that data storage. This might relate to the more effective use of indexes, enabling "Parallel Query" execution, or other DBMS specific features.

Database design (preliminary) — The DBA is often involved at the preliminary database-design stages. Through the involvement of the DBA, many problems that might occur can be eliminated. The DBA knows the DBMS and system, can point out potential problems, and can help the development team with special performance considerations.

Data modeling and optimization — By modeling the data, it is possible to optimize the system layouts to take the most advantage of the I/O subsystem.

Responsible for the administration of existing enterprise databases and the analysis, design, and creation of new databases.

o Data modeling, database optimization, understanding and implementation of schemas, and the ability to interpret and write complex Structured Query Language (SQL) queries

o Proactively monitor systems for optimum performance and capacity constraints

o Establish standards and best practices for SQL

o Interact with and coach developers in SQL scripting

I wanted to become a Database Administrator in the future for when I first took the subject Database Analysis and Design 1 (DBAD1), I was amazed and became very interested on the said subject though it was quite hard to understand the topics especially at the analysis part. My willingness to become a Database Administrator was first brought up to life when we had our final project in DBAD 1 which is to create a database system. It was so hard to finish because of the fact that we had only a little background and knowledge on making systems especially that it was our first time to take that subject. But with the help of my brother, he taught me the basics and techniques of creating an efficient database system and I really feel so comfortable and interested on what I was doing on that time. Then it all started, my dreams of becoming a Database Administrator someday.

Because of the size of the information technology sector, one of the choices many people make when transitioning to an IT career is to select one that will utilize their previous experience.

A graphics artist that wants to build a business designing web pages must be literate in HTML, naturally, and must know how to work with Java and some of the other products designed for web publishing. You can obtain those sorts of skills from certification courses and online education programs.

The same is true of the office worker that wants to become an in-house networking expert. You can learn the basics of networking through online programs, but in the process you should also get certified in Microsoft’s products, especially Windows and Windows NT.

A marketer that wants to learn how to become an SEO expert needs to learn how the search engines work and what the ever-changing protocols are at Google, Yahoo and MSN. Beyond that, it’s important to understand web design and its effect on the search process. Your primary skill will be as copywriter, but you’ll need to develop an understanding of databases and must be able to track clients’ results on their sites.

If you’re interested in heavy lifting and want to become a systems manager or network design specialist, you’ll need to go to school. If you have no experience, a bachelors’ degree in computer science; MIS or in networking is going to be necessary. If you’ve been managing data for a while, polish your resume with training in some of the popular CRM products – go to Oracle or SAS school. These certification classes often are no more than six weeks in length and with the right employer, will hit the bulls eye.

Information technology is hot with many career paths including artificial intelligence, robotics, interactive media and web design, network management, programming, and computer forensics. You can increase your marketability by earning IT certifications offered through Microsoft in database administration, systems engineering, applications development.

***10 years from now, I would become the most awarded database administrator in the world. I would be the one to create the largest, most prominent system which could help improve everything and anything in space, our lives and specially our environment. I would become the greatest inventor that I would merge IT with astronomy. And to be able to get there, I should have strategies that I would follow and here are some of those:

1. Possess Courage

It takes guts to put your reputation on-the-line and to invest your savings into new endeavors. Having that kind of dream is really hard to achieve but with courage and a firm belief in your abilities, everything would be possible. As what Master Oogway said in the movie Kung Fu Panda, “nothing is impossible”.

My father is a fisherman and I can see, we, his family, can see the courage, the guts to go to a wide ocean, specifically, Pacific Ocean, just to catch fish for us to be able to live, for him to be able to provide our needs, and for him to be able to send us to college. And I am very proud of him .not just today but tomorrow and forever. I salute him that he made me believe that “nothing is impossible”.

2. Get Real-World Experience

Of course, having a bachelor’s degree in IT would be not enough for me to become what I want 10 years from now. I should get real world experiences. As of now, as a 3rd year IT student, I have just experienced a little bit in designing databases during some of my subjects. And I expect that I would experience a lot more as I go to the level-up stage of my course.

3. Be Creative

We should always foster our creativity by exploring new uses for technology. We should think more, be creative in other words. Some people, particularly the experts would object someone who would want to do something new just because they think that something that has never been done, must be impossible. But as what I have written on the first strategy, “nothing is impossible”.

4. Be Obsessive

We should let nothing to stop us once we were locked-in to a particular task. As what Don Burleson said, “The only thing to be ashamed of is not giving 100% to every task you undertake”.

5. Have a real work ethic

Providing value to your work and to your clients would show that you have a strong work ethic. As what Ma’am Teng had said during our first meeting in SAD1, “you should not ask an expensive charge for the project you made for your client just because that client is not expert regarding your field of work”. We should really ask a credit that is just enough for us to make our work done.

6. Have Personal Integrity

We have to have personal integrity. It is a steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. Whatever you believe is right, the do it, whatever it takes to have. I grew-up poor but my parents have never borrowed money from other people just to provide our needs. My parents believe that if someone would do something, it’s going to get done. And with that kind of integrity they have, they made us proud that we are now in the place where we should not be.

7. Prayer

The last but not the least. We all know that in everything we make, there is God that is guiding us. We need to pray for Him to help us if challenges would come our way when reaching the top. He would always be there, always.

So that’s all. Maybe someday if I could think more strategies, I would write it here. Like this old saying, “there’s always room at the top”. So, follow your personal standards. You can expect what would happen in the future but it would be better if you will follow those expectations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database_administrator

http://www.dba-oracle.com/t_successful_computer_professional.htm

http://www.technology-colleges.info/index2.html


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:58 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?

Worthy IT Professional? Am I belong to this group? how can i become an worthy IT professional? can i be a worthy IT professional? this are the question coming from my mind when i heard a word worthy IT professional. this question challenge me to face the consequences and trials coming to my life as an IT student because i want to become an worthy IT professional.In this world there is a lot of an IT professional claiming themselves as an worthy IT professional.. I don't know what kind of skills or characteristics does the worthy IT professional have. As an IT student I'm looking forward that may be in the future i will become a worthy IT professional if i will graduate in my course BSIT with the proper discipline and attitude.Sooner if i'm already working in a big company i can properly manage myself and my carrier as an worthy IT professional. I Think you will be called as an worthy IT Professional if you have a good manner, discipline and responsible to every job that you have. Honesty i think, is also one of the reason on how to become an worthy IT professional. I know that i will become a worthy IT professional if i will strive hard to reached this.

I see my self 10 years from now as a developer of the integrated system of all automated and manual system that the Philippine government offer. Just one website and you can access everything that you want to surf regarding the national and local government services. So that our country will be known as one of the country who implemented this kind of integrated system. the question is how can i do this? it is possible for to achieve my dream? do i have a capacity to handle this kind of project?

My strategic plan to achieve this dream is to finish my study, proper training and discipline to my self, to become an a system analyst, a good programmer, and a lot of experienced.:

how to finish my study?

Of course I must be responsible for the every task, to do this perseverance is the characteristics that i need.

proper training and discipline

Some guidelines to consider are:

* Thoroughly investigate the situation which includes obtaining the employee's explanation or response prior to administering discipline.
* Document the process and results of your investigation.
* It is acceptable to repeat a step if you feel that it will correct the problem. This may be the case if some time has passed since it was last necessary to address the issue and the situation has only recently reappeared. Or perhaps, the employee misunderstood or you feel there is value in doing it again in a clearer fashion. If repeating the step works, the situation has been resolved without escalating it unnecessarily. However, be aware that an employee may be led to believe that nothing worse will happen if you continually repeat a step. If repeating a step does not resolve the problem, you can then move on to a higher step.
* The goal is to modify the unacceptable behavior or improve the performance. The goal is not to punish the employee but to more strongly alert the employee of the need to correct the problem.
* There is no rigid set of steps nor is there an inflexible rule that all steps must be followed before terminating an employee. The circumstances of each case and your judgment as to the least severe action that is necessary to correct the situation will help determine which step to use.
* Early, less stringent, measures are skipped for serious offenses such as theft, fighting, drug or alcohol use or sale. All steps are typically used for attendance or general work performance problems.
* While usually unnecessary, it is acceptable to have a witness or note taker present when meeting with the employee during the progressive discipline process. Your witness/note taker should never be a peer of the employee. university policy permits the employee to have a witness if he or she wishes.
* Human Resources is available for consultation at any step of the process, but it is especially important at the steps of suspension and termination.

To Become an a System Analyst

The development of a computer-based information system often comprises the use of a systems analyst. When a computer-based information system is developed, systems analysis (according to the Waterfall model) would constitute the following steps:

* The development of a feasibility study, involving determining whether a project is economically, socially, technologically and organisationally feasible.
* Conducting fact-finding measures, designed to ascertain the requirements of the system's end-users. These typically span interviews, questionnaires, or visual observations of work on the existing system.
* Gauging how the end-users would operate the system (in terms of general experience in using computer hardware/software), what the system would be used for etc.

A Good Programmer

Here are the following steps to improve my skills in programming:

1. Gather complete requirements.
Take the time to write down what the end product needs to achieve. Clarity of thought at this stage will save a lot of time down the line.
2. Write an implementation plan (or model).

* For something small and self-contained, this might just be a basic flowchart or an equation.
* For larger projects, it helps to break it into modules and consider what job each module must do, how data gets passed between modules, and within each module how it will function.
* Although it is fun to dive straight into code, it is equally tedious to spend hours debugging. By taking the time to design the structure on paper, you will drastically reduce your debugging time (and you may also spot more efficient ways of doing things even before you write the first line of code).

3. Add Comments to your code.
Whenever you feel your code needs some explanation, drop some comments in. Each function should be preceded by 1-2 lines describing the arguments and what it returns. (Comments should tell you why more often than what. Remember to update the comments when you update your code!)
4. Use naming conventions for variables.
It will help you keep track of what type the variable is and also what it's purpose is. Although this means more typing than x = a + b * c, it will make your code easier to debug and maintain. One popular convention is Hungarian notation where the variable name is prefixed with its type. e.g. for integer variables, intRowCounter; strings: strUserName. It doesn't matter what your naming convention is, but be sure that it is consistent and that your variable names are descriptive. (See Warnings below)
5. Organize your code.
Use visual structure to indicate code struture. i.e. indent a code block that sits within a conditional (if,else,...) or a loop (for,while,...) Also try putting spaces between a variable name and an operator such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and even the equal sign (myVariable = 2 + 2). As well as making the code more visually elegant, it makes it much easier to see the program flow at a glance. (See tips on indentation below)
6. Test.
Start by testing it with inputs that you would typically expect. Then try inputs that are possible but less common. This will flush out any hidden bugs. There is an art to testing and you will gradually build up your skills with practice.
Write your tests to always include the following:

* Extremes: zero and max for positive values, empty string, null for every parameter.
* Meaningless values, Jibberish. Even if you don't think someone with half a brain might input that, test your software against it.
* Wrong values. Zero in a parameter that will be used in a division, negative when positive is expected or a square root will be calculated. Something that is not a number when the input type is a string, and it will be parsed for numeric value.

7. Practice. Practice. Practice.
8. Be prepared for change.
In a realistic working environment, requirements change. However, the clearer you are at the start about the requirements and the clearer your implementation plan, the less likely those changes will be down to misunderstanding or "Ah, I hadn't thought of that" scenarios.

* You can take an active role in improving clarity of thinking by presenting your requirements document or your implementation plans before coding to ensure that what you are planning to create is actually what's been asked for.
* Structure the project as a series of milestones with a demo for each block. Approach the programming one milestone at a time - the less you need to think about at any moment, the more likely you will think clearly.

9. Start simple and work towards complexity.
When programming something complex, it helps to get the simpler building blocks in place and working properly first.
For example, let's say you want to create an evolving shape on screen that follows the mouse and where the degree of shape change depends on mouse speed.

* Start by displaying a square and get it to follow the mouse, i.e. solve movement tracking on its own.
* Then make the size of the square relate to mouse speed, i.e. solve speed-to-evolution tracking on its own.
* Finally create the actual shapes you want to work with and put the three components together.
* This approach naturally lends itself to modular code writing, where each component is in its own self-contained block. This is very useful for code reuse (e.g. you want to just use the mouse tracking in a new project), and makes for easier debugging and maintenance.

Through all of this i can say that i can reached my ambition for the next 10 years. hoping that there's no barrier in the middle of this plan..

http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-your-Skills-as-a-Programmer
http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/training/ca/progressive.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_analysis


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PostSubject: IT professional 10 yrs from now... [PART 1]   Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:07 pm

"Ten years from now...I will be leading the team in automating business and non-business transactions in the city's local government units..."

A dream. An aspiration. But knowing the possibilities of time, that is not far from getting true. Who knows? Smile

When our professor met our class for an orientation of the subject Management Information System 2, he asked the same question. Most of us were inaudible as to what we really imagined our lives to be in the next decade. Some were called to stand and verbalize their thoughts. But none of us I guess, satisfied our instructor. It was the same as answering the question 'what would you want to be when you grow up?' during the end of elementary and high school years.

As I was deliberating my thoughts of how to answer the question, I also asked myself what would really be me in the next few years after I finish my studies? Should I be one of those fresh graduates who venture into freelance jobs or apply to other colleges and universities for part-time teaching and enrolling in masteral degrees at the same time? Nevertheless, I discard the idea though I am not so sure of how my future would look like. study

When one of our classmates cited that he wanted to go and work abroad (peace, Franz!) and our instructor moaned a disagreeing tone discouraging everyone to go abroad immediately just a few years after graduation, it helped me organize my ideas in a clearer view. What our instructor wants is for us to realize that we are scholars of our localities and the nation expects us to serve our very own than the other foreign nations. Furthermore he said that developed countries are not anymore hiring IT professionals for they are now into outsourcing.

The first point stated by our instructor led me to one thing I have been thinking some time ago. What most of the people nowadays wanted is to go abroad and land into jobs there where they could earn a relatively higher rate than what our local employers could give. Practicality, that is what they said. With the economic crisis gradually tightening our belt stiffly, I would not be surprised that more and more Filipinos are applying jobs outside leaving their lovedd ones behind just to provide the financial needs of the family. Maybe that is the common reason why most college students took courses in demand in the foreign countries. But me? I have the slightest idea of the global demand status of my course. I thought that if ever opportunity comes, maybe I could grab it. But I never thought of aspiring to work outside though, it never crossed my mind that I will be pressuring myself to finish my studies and be eager to work abroad. I choose to work here.

My professor was right. We have been lucky to be studying in a state university. It is then worthy for the government and the country to be served by us, who have been given the chance to have college education. I think it would not be detrimental if we just have to spend even a few years to work here before venturing to greener pasture if we have plans to do it. Not only we could gain experience in working here but we will be able to pay back what our country have given to us by sharing our knowledge and skills for the benefit of our own. It should end that way, shouldn't it? How could we let the other countries get the benefit of our services when our own nation lacks assistance and needs help? It is just the same as 'why are we suffering financial budget just to import goods we consume while we are exporting world-class raw materials for the products that we buy?' Silly, isn't it? That is what we hear from the news and current affairs regarding the economy of our society.

As an Information Technology student, I have learned the value of how important and critical even just a single bit of data or a simple detail of information is for an organization. With the computerized system we have nowadays, the rise of economy in developed countries relies much on the software and hardware aspects of technology. And we, people have big roles in leading our nation from scratch to riches. We may not have the technology other big countries have but I believe we have enough resources and skillful people to start small. Enough to survive on our own. Only these resources are not utilized to their real functions that is why it is not performing well according to its purpose. I think the authorities failed to invest more on developing and maximizing the resources we have to its full worth.

I will tell you an evident thing why I was able to say that. Just look at our government and private transactions. While the foreign countries are mechanizing their industries, we still use the old manual (and convenient) way of processing our documents. Convenient for those who have been used to it and refuse to give in to the new flow of modernity. We, students are studying the what's and how's of the trends and applications of technology yet we could not find it anywhere being used WIDELY especially in mission-critical or even private business organizations locally. Only some. Just a few I guess, contrary to others who are using it almost in all establishments and institutions. I knew we all know of the advantages of computerized systems and that it is not that easy to switch immediately to automation. I am happy that some organizations are considering helping private institutions improve their manual systems by introducing applications of IT into business. I guess that should where we should fall into the picture. We have big roles in helping the organizations use the information technology to the benefit of the business.

Say for example, my mom works in the local government unit (e.g. barangay) in our place. I could not exactly recall when or what year she has been staying for soooo long in the office until late in the evening just to finish all these sorts of paper works. I could still remember, she called me in asking me to help her with some computations and listings and everything that she could not do alone without getting late for the deadline. The works are just easy-to-average but kind of pain in the head. Imagine a sort of numbers and forms to be filled up, copied, referenced, computed, updated, and reprinted again. If in any case the numbers and budgets are not in tally the job has to be redone. If entries are not on the right track, reviews should be made and you will find yourself getting back to scratch over and over again. Hassle, isn’t it? The only system computerized in their office, I guess, is the encoding of data and printing of all kinds of papers and forms to be submitted and signed by the officials. I could not find a single system where it is not just used for printing and encoding ONLY but something else. Hopefully they had. But unfortunately, even the higher office which requires them to process their documents are also doing almost the same thing – manual processing of data. I am not surprised to see bulks of papers in the tables in the offices where you can only see heads of the people working on it because they are all covered with piles of documents. And what makes it annoying is that if the higher office finds some erroneous parts on the documents, the recent ones you are working in the present would be affected. So the result, you will be reviewing the stuff from the past months or years and stop the current document you are working now. Not mentioning that as the time goes by, your job to be done is also piling up in queue and the budget your office is allocating for current projects will be delayed due to chain effects of the process. Whew! Just imagine the stress that manual processing could do. I guess it would just be okay if what you are processing are only just some sorts of simple things. But it is complicated.

Thinking about these made me wonder if the local government already has or starting to have (or just planning to have!) a convenient way of gradually changing these manual system of processing documents in the local barangays into computerized and centralized way. I could really imagine other employees too with almost the same duties as my mom has. They are doing jobs overtime with no extra pay (sometimes, depending on what institution you are working with) but just concerned of beating the deadline so to get things done.

This is just a simple scenario where we could apply the basic advantages of an automated system. That is, to reduce difficulties caused by manual data processing. Regarding data storage, an office could house thousands of papers if manual system will be pursued up to now. There will be problems in finding just a single sheet of form if needed because it will take time to sort files and folders and cabinets and drawers and before you realize, you spent two hours delaying your other tasks just to find a single important document where in fact you could search the archives of your database in the computer if and then these things are stored in the computer. Regarding data security, you will have lots of cabinets and drawers with various files and folders to be protected from fire, water, insects, and interested third parties who might want to grab your data. Plus, much of these are taking space in your office not mentioning the eyesore it gives for failure to maintain orderliness in your workplace. Human errors which may happen every now and then will reduce the accuracy of data and that would eventually lead to unreliability of information. How I wish every business and non-business transactions in the local government units and private organizations will be as easy and convenient as a computerized and automated system of data processing.

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PostSubject: IT professional 10 yrs from now... [PART 2]   Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:19 pm

..first part on previous thread...

As an IT professional in the very near future, I am very positive that I will be of help to my nation by sharing my knowledge and skills and applying what I have learned to the benefit of my community. I know there may be lots of IT graduates and professionals out there who are more skillful than me but I am saying to myself that I could also give a part of me to my country. A good start is to lend a hand in planning a good way of easing the complexity of works in the manual system.

By helping and visiting some time in my mom’s office, I was able to observe the flow of what they were working. This gave me the idea of identifying some points from which possible problems would arise. Most of the time I would not touch any of my mother’s work for fear that I might mess up with her things or take her out of her concentration. So I would choose to explore the office computers to find interesting things whatever that would catch my attention. And oftentimes when I do not find any games or sort of recreations, I would content myself with searching the archives of word and spreadsheet documents saved in the computers. Boring, isn’t it? But inspecting these files makes me realize that we are really lacking in the appropriate skills even in just organizing files and folders of our office. With this, how can the government consider making its way to full automation of processing documents? Not all employees and staff working in the government units have basic knowledge in computers.

I think the government is also considering the fact that it would take much time and effort on the end-user part that will be undergoing training when the automation of manual data processing will be pursued. That is why, maybe, the human resources that are working in the present and are conveniently working their tasks according to what and how they have been used to do it are just enduring the system.

But what about the next generation that will replace the staff in the long run? Won’t they think of an easier, more convenient way of working? Of course, they are not the only ones who will benefit this. I am sure the government is gradually making steps in doing away with the old data processing and shift to electronic automation.

In the moment I am kind of starting a simple program of storing lists of sponsored scholars I have found in the office computer into a database and retrieve it just like what we do in our school projects. I am not giving pressure to myself since nobody asked me to do that but I was thinking that I might do it part by part only by some point in time when I happen to visit the office. I was envisioning myself of making an automated system in our barangay where my mom and other barangay staff would not find hard times in searching the archives and updating the database of whatever information they want to store or retrieve. And as a consolation to myself, I was just imagining that because of the system that I might be doing, our barangay will be known and acknowledged by the city government and the other barangays and would eventually be given a reward for this wonderful innovation. Hahahaha! That is just a dream but I actually wanted to do it anyhow. Who knows, if it ever happens then the local government would make our barangay a premier in automated transactions and they would realize that they should also start doing the same to the other barangays and the central office. In that way they would consider investing budget for this simple innovation and will eventually lead to automation of all business and non-business transactions. Act begets act.

And because of that little concern I did, I will gain experience in applying the concepts I have learned to my community. Ten years from now, I will be leading the team in automating business and non-business transactions in the city’s local government units. In the next five years, I am envisioning myself as part of a group of advocates who desires for the improvement of data processing in a centralized office. I will be helping my local barangay in developing and using programs and applications that will lessen the hassles and disadvantages of the manual system. Through this, more and more tasks will be quickly and accurately done because processing time will be reduced. Eventually, more people will be served and will be happy because of the prompt response of the personnel in the offices.

Well, before we let our minds wander through the imagination of the future let us think of the present first. Of course, what I am thinking of tomorrow would not be as effortless as picking an apple in the tree. I need strategies to get to my goal. And one of these is to invest in the present.

Before I could lead the team of IT professionals I should prove myself worthy to be one. It is not as simple as showing your credentials having earned a bachelor’s degree in that field of work but attesting your skills of being a properly qualified and experienced one in the environment. So to be able to develop a system, I should have firm foundation of the knowledge about the system. Right now, I should put into mind and heart whatever things I learn in my university to be able to apply these concepts later. My exposure to the industry would greatly help. It would give me a better view of the actual happenings inside an organization. By studying the flow and structure of the information system of an organization, I will be able to point out some areas that need improvements. But of course, corresponding recommendations should be made to make the study significant especially to the role of the IS in the company and the value of the organization to the community as a whole.

Not only concepts and teachings will make me proficient, but also familiarity in actual programming or software developing (gosh…scary!). With several school projects, documentations, machine problems that I am required to do and submit in school, I am confident that all of these will make me practice my abilities and eventually learn.
I am hoping that I could learn much as I go along with my experience as an IT student.

Of course, I would not learn the full cycle of my profession without the assessments and reviews of my evaluators. If then I would not know my strengths and weaknesses. I need their opinions and suggestions on whether I need to maintain or improve my performance and to help me know if I am keeping on the right track. Furthermore, I should also know how to get along with my colleagues as well, since I will be working with them for some point in time in systems that might be used in mission-critical situations. As early as now while I am still studying in the university, I should know whom should I choose to be with in my group projects. As what one of our professors is telling us, there should not be all good programmers in one team. In a group, there should be at least a good project manager, a good analyst designer, a programmer, and a good documenter. This is very important since a major task will not be handled alone by programming only or by documenting only. There should also be fine relationship with each team member as it affects the performance of each other and to the quality of work. A certain project should be worked out by all team members collaborating and complementing each other’s respective skills and corresponding tasks.

With these simple yet effective strategies, I believe I will achieve my simple dream someday. Who knows, I might reach my goals far better than I am saying today? Only time could tell. With hard work and perseverance, a determined mind and dedicated heart could surpass any challenge. Think positive. Think clear. Aim high!
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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:18 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?

I have to finish my studies in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology by the year 2011. Four years ago when I found out that Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is not offered here in our university -- University of Southeastern Philippines-- and when I decided to just enroll as a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student, I actually planned to finish my studies in Bachor of Science in Information Technology by the year 2010. But unfortunately because of my negligence, that foresaid plan failed, hence I planned to fail.

Anyway, after I graduate, I would like to create a system suited to help a treasurers' tasks in an organization. Specifically in producing reports such as: Cash Position Report, Summary of Collections, Summary of Disbursements, Trial Balance, Balance Sheet, Monthly Spread and the likes. I wanted to create this kind of system because my Aunt is a treasurer in a small developing organization and she sometimes asks me to lend a hand in recording some of the transactions and sometimes produce a report out of it (of course, she'll check it first if I have done it correctly.hehe). I find it bothersome to do some of the encoding whenever the thought that it could actually be automated crosses my mind, especially typing names repetitively (who are members of the organization) and the balancing part. So I promised to myself that I will create a system that caters to that kind of service, or a system that will actually automate all the reports that my Aunt needs to produce as a treasurer. In creating this kind of system I could actually be able to review and put into application what I have studied for five years. If ever I will be successful in creating this system it will eventually boost my confidence and I will be convinced that I am worthy to be called an IT professional or an IT Specialist, in a nutshell the accomplishment of this system will be my very first achievement as an IT Professional.

I plan to take my masteral degree, but until now I am not sure if it will be right after I graduate or will it be after I finish the system. But I would really like to take it only after I finish the system, what is boggling me is the thought that I would be so captivated in creating systems and as a result I will keep on postponing on taking my masteral degree. Oh, just now, after stating the previous sentences I realized that I should take my masteral degree right after i graduate (hehe) and maybe start creating the system (the paperworks to start with) during my free time in my masterals’. In that way, I could still apply in my system what I will learn during the masteral and I could spend my free time productively and not on senseless matters.

Those are the first two things that I wanted to fulfill after I graduate as a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student. Hopefully I could achieve those by the year 2013, that is two years after graduating Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. However, if I will not be fascinated and engrossed with creating systems, if the 'i-want-more' attitude of mine will occur and my interest in taking up Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is still alive, then I will surely enroll as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering student in a university who is known to produce great Computer Engineers! In addition, I will make sure that while I am studying BSComEng I will have a part-time online job -- a job that is somehow related and fitted to a person who had finished her Masteral Degree in IT. It could be an online job under the leading Internet search engine, offering targeted search results from billions of Web pages, no less than the Google Inc. Eventually, my position and/or my income will buildup. Within five years or less, I will be able to finish BSComEng, currently there is no licensure examination for Computer Engineers but if ever there will be on the years to come I will surely take that licensure examination. So by the year 2019, I will be a regular and one of the most treasured employee of Google Inc.

Before this post ends, I would just like to share what Tom Landry (an American football player and coach, legendary for his successes as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys and ranked as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in NFL history) said: "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."



References:
http://finance.aol.com/company/google-inc/goog/nas/company-description
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Landry


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:41 pm

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http://www.windsoftechnology.com/index.htm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)

Who is the IT professional? For the purpose of this discourse, the key areas are those that relate to the Attitude, Skill and Knowledge of the IT professional. Interestingly these are the same areas of change that training focuses on. Training seeks to close or fill any gaps that an individual has in these areas. However, it must be noted that simply going for training programs does not make one a true and complete professional. IT professional may have a different characteristics as follows, Professionals are considered experts they have a high degree of generalized and systematic knowledge with a theoretical base. The primary orientation of professionals is to their public and/or community interest. Professionals have a high degree of self-control of their behavior and are governed by a code of ethics. The code of ethics is a statement of values. The code ensures a high quality of service. The code is a direct expression of the professions' principles of service orientation. The code guarantees competency of membership, honor and integrity. The code emphasizes no personal gain and protection of the client or patron. The professional's system of rewards is primarily a set of symbols of work achievement. There is a system of testing the competence of members.
Are you meeting Expectations
To be a competent IT professional, you must know what the expectations of your colleagues, your industry, your clients and the general public are. Meeting these expectations is what qualifies you to call yourself a professional, and what gives you recognition as a professional.
In today's world the role of the IT professional is crucial. IT has become an essential resource for most organizations. The evolving scenario is one of a growing complexity of computer systems and businesses dependence on them. Qualified and competent IT professionals are needed to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of computers. Unfortunately, without some sort of professional software training, a lot of times these types of 'shortcuts' to improved efficiency are never learned. So, let's take a few minutes to look at the various types of computer software information available to the computer user today.
One method that is very popular today is the hands on method of computer programming information. While this is very popular, there are a couple of different avenues that this particular method can be approached. One method is to hire a tutor. While this is probably the most direct and successful method, it can also be the most expensive. Tutors for any variety of training usually charge by the hour, although you will gain one-on-one training and attention from the tutor during your class time together. Another popular method is to take a community class that may be offered by some group in your area. Often computer clubs, civic groups, and local schools may offer introductory the type of information that will allow for hands-on learning. However, these are often followed up by attempting to sell you on another class, book, etc.
Computers and learning can also become hands-on when you have a video or other on-screen directions to guide you through the learning process. One such program that has become very popular over the last few years is the Video Professor. His program is seen all the time on late night TV infomercials and is now online as well. Offering introductory your information for free, he follows up with a variety of paid sales programs to get the most bang out of his advertising buck. There is nothing wrong with this, just as long as you know what you are getting into. This is one of the most appealing methods of gaining the information you require because you can do the study on your own terms and in your time, on the exact software subject of your choice.
Probably the most simple, and the most cost effective method of obtaining this process is the most overlooked today. With almost each and every computer program that you purchase there are three types of documentation included in your purchase: the software manual, internal software help programs, and the online help program. Each of these is a mini course in and of itself. First you should read the entire program manual that comes with the software. This will contain many shortcuts and efficiency aiding devices that are built into the software. Next, you should take the time to read through all of the topics built into the software help program. This will be one of the best sources of learning for that particular version of software.
Last, but certainly not least, you will find the online support or help most effective in solving those few areas of troubled functioning you are having with the software. Perhaps there is a tough formatting issue that you are trying to solve. Oftentimes, availing yourself of the assistance of the online support forums can be the very best information for this training which is available. After all, it is from the people who actually wrote the software to begin with. You cannot get any better computer software training advice than that!
The Diverse Nature of IT
Professionals work in areas such as Programming, Engineering, Database Administration, Networking, Web development and E-Commerce.
IT professionals create, operate, maintain and program computers. An IT professional must have the skills and knowledge required to carry out specialized tasks in a recognized field of IT. This is the minimum requirement. But IT skills demand far outstrips supply. Current IT skills shortage worldwide is enormous. IT professionals may have an open minded mind for the things and changes that might be encounter. There are more advance technology that our world have, by these technologies it helps the country to improve and help the economy. The wind of technology is very fast, if we observe our nature, The new gadgets that produced and may produce has a low time for us to have, every weeks or days they produce new gadgets using technologies. Due to the complex nature of Information Technology and infrastructure management, it becomes very difficult for one individual to manage and be successful. This is where Winds of Technology becomes an asset to your company. We have the ability to adjust a business solution specific to your companies needs. We can provide the expertise to manage the complex array of equipment and technology that might include
• PC technology, server technology
• Windows and Unix
• database
• networking
• industry specific applications
• programming backups
• PR
• business continuity
• SAN
• NAS centralized storage for disk and tape appliances
• web development and programming
• help desk
• IT management
• contract support management
• project management
• end user support
• strategic decisions.

Knowledge, Training, Experience
Knowledge (intellectual and conceptual) can be acquired through formal education sources such as private training institutions, colleges, institutions of higher learning, as well as E-learning on the Internet. The focus is on the intellectual, i.e. understanding concepts, generating ideas. Skills however, can be acquired and improved from work experience and practical training. The most effective form of skill building is through practical exercises.
Training and certification assists in improving skills, increasing knowledge and gaining recognition. Certification exams identify the necessary skills for an individual to perform their job competently and most important, successfully. For example, A+ certifies the competency of service professionals in the computer industry. Anyone who wants an internationally recognized credential as a competent computer service professional can take the A+ examination.
Because Certification is becoming the vogue in the IT industry today, more and more potential and working IT professionals want to get certified. It makes sense. Certification gives an IT professional, a valued credential that is recognized in the IT industry. Not only that, it is a powerful tool for providing job and business opportunities and for meeting challenges on the field. Improved income and enhanced professional credibility are powerful motivators for becoming IT certified.
Popular certification programs are Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), A+, Oracle DBA, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Sun Certified Programmer (Java 2).
Does having a popular certification make you a competent and recognized IT professional? Is certification part of your career development plan? If it is, this must be based on a solid understanding of what certification entails and how certification fits into your personal work / career goals.
But as noted earlier, certification is only one way of ensuring you have the required skills and knowledge for IT professionalism. Formal education and Work experience, i.e. practical and relevant work experience, are also essential for IT skill and knowledge achievement.
Ethics
However, does having superior IT skills, knowledge and certification make you a true professional? "Administrators and network engineers do not live by Windows 2000 alone. " I have personally come in contact with IT certified individuals who I cannot dare to call professionals. Or what would you call an individual who has no regard for ethics and is ever ready to sacrifice professionalism at the altar of money? As a professional what is your attitude to the public, your work, your colleagues, or your clients?
What is your attitude towards business ethics? In today's fast and slick business environment, how relevant is ethics when you can take the easy way out? Everybody wants to be "fast and smart". To a professional, money is important but it is not everything. Money should not be your master. To maintain this attitude can sometimes be difficult, with the attendant daily pressures. But that is no excuse. If you want to be a true professional that is the price you must pay. IT professionals need to ask themselves: "Am I in IT for quick, short profit or am I in IT for the long distance?" The choice is yours.
Is the CCNA certified individual who defrauds his employers an IT professional? What about those who use their skills and knowledge for anti-social and destructive activities? Are they professionals too? The most notorious are hackers and Virus developers. These are highly skilled individuals but what they use those skills for are not in the interest of society. The same goes for IT fraudsters. If you have all certifications in this world and you use your knowledge and skills to steal and destroy you are nothing but a thief.
The right attitude also extends to how you treat your clients or employers. Are you dependable and trustworthy? There are many examples of so-called professionals who talk down to clients, and who cheat their clients or employers.
Is it truly ethical, for example, for a professional to take longer than necessary to perform a job? To say that he/she is sick in order to take a day off for leisure? To fail to report rule violations by a co-worker?
The public expects the IT professional to be socially responsible and disciplined and should be a role model for the youth.
Lifelong Learning
IT professionals must also address is the issue of currency. Professionals must find ways of staying current on IT and IT related issues. This requires continuous self-development on the part of the IT professional. Simply because you are certified, or you have many years of experience, does not mean you should go to sleep. The IT field is one of the fastest developing fields worldwide. You cannot afford to be outdated or allow your skills to stagnate. You cannot serve your clients or employers well if you only have outdated ideas and information. As an IT professional, you cannot be relevant to your society if you are not current.
Luckily with the digital age, there are many information, and learning opportunities available for serious and career-minded IT professionals. The Internet can be used for education and continuous self-development. Other tools that can be utilized for staying up to date include: books, publications, training, software, etc. But the presence of all these tools is not enough; as a professional you must have the ability and desire to update yourself on a continuous basis. We must never stop learning. This is especially crucial in IT. There must be a readiness and hunger to learn. Yesterday's knowledge may not be able to handle today's opportunities and challenges.
Value, Principles
In conclusion, one can state that IT professionalism doesn't end with getting certified and earning a fat pay. It isn't simply about being a skilled expert. Just as professionalism is about skills and knowledge, it is also about responsibility and duty. It is about using your skills and knowledge in a responsible and humane manner. It is about using your privileged status to bring about positive change in society. Changes are normal to our country we can’t control it, but there are different things may be do to ride or to improve the technology that we have, But honestly its not easy, we need money, to skilled the person, We need to have more experience regarding this matter . IT professional may have an low temper and long patience.


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:56 am

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)
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PostSubject: DREAM ON...   Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:07 pm

DREAM ON

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?

In the mirror of life reflecting ten years from now, I would probably be an Information Technology professional, expecting that I graduated with the degree of IT. But the word “worthy” makes a big difference. It implies that I should also be an IT professional not only by name but also by deeds.

In order to be worthy, I’m expected to possess valuable or useful qualities in the field of IT and have the good characteristics of a blue-collared job holder. I already have the expertise in my job and of course, I have to love what I am doing. In this high technology era, IT professional cannot lose its importance in the world. See how the companies are going with today’s innovations in order for them not to be obsolete and become even more competent despite the problems they are facing just like the global financial downturn scenario. We know that computers and using computers and other programmable devices are often more expensive than the manual system but the businesses and other organizations also consider the great advantages it offers. Thus, IT people has become as one of the important people for most organizations. “Let your profession be your vocation.”


I could still remember the day when I was still undecided to which path of the crossroads I have to take and now, I am already determined to stand with the career I am taking and I am eager to make it as a means to my aspirations. I already have the understandings of my present situation and where could it lead me in the future. I never knew I would come this far and suddenly realize, “This is it, I am really into it.” And I would try my best to prove it right.

Not so long ago, I dream on traveling abroad. Perhaps as a tourist, but I never dreamed to be a worker there. However, I wish to gain big salary. So what do you expect?
In one of our meeting in MIS2, our facilitator made me realize that I am a state university student. I am subsidized by the government which means that the government helps me sent to study a degree. In return, I have to thank the government by rendering the service I can offer to the country. The country needs us more than the foreign do.

In the near future, I’m not expecting to be an employer in an instant. Maybe, I could start from being a simple employee in a small company. I also had dreamed of becoming a database administrator and later on become an IT manager. It's really a dream.


Database Administrator


is responsible for installing, backing up, testing, securing and making changes to production databases within an IT environment. They work on ongoing development projects with developers and architects and, increasingly, with business-side workers. They also maintain operations on a day-to-day basis.

Duties

The duties of a database administrator vary and depend on the job description, corporate and Information Technology (IT) policies and the technical features and capabilities of the DBMS being administered. They nearly always include disaster recovery (backups and testing of backups), performance analysis and tuning, data dictionary maintenance, and some database design.

Some of the roles of the DBA may include:

* Installation of new software
* Configuration of hardware and software
* Security administration
* Data analysis
* Database design
* Data modeling and optimization
* Responsible for the administration of existing enterprise databases.

Striving hard for years maybe I would become a manager f a big company. I do dream about that. Ten years the, I would probably manage my own company Not only a company, but a company which strongly competes probably to the world. A company which is flexible to the demands of the fast-changing world.

IT MANAGER ROLE-SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES


Networking
Assists in the planning and implementation of additions, deletions and major modifications to the supporting regional infrastructure.
Implements network security at the regional level as established by corporate Security Director.
Oversees the administration and maintenance of the company's infrastructure, and directs more junior Innovators when necessary.
Oversees the administration of the company's WAN.

Telephony
Manages and develops upgrades to the company's telephone system at the regional level.
Oversees all telephone changes, including routing for seating assignments.

Training & Lab Maintenance
Oversees the administration and maintenance of computer stations and software for company training programs and the Learning Studio and provides additional support if necessary.

Internal Systems
Oversees troubleshooting, systems backups, archiving, and disaster recovery and provides expert support when necessary.
Works with project teams to help implement Internal Systems.

Help Desk Administration
Oversees all help desk activities at the regional level.
Responds to escalated help desk issues.
Oversees the administration and maintenance of our tracking software.
Interacts with internal clients on all levels to help resolve IT-related issues and provides answers in a timely manner.

Asset Management
Builds and maintains vendor relationships and manages the purchase of hardware and software products.
Manages the purchasing of all software, hardware and other IT supplies at the regional level.
Ensures that company assets are maintained responsibly.

CAREER PATH CORE COMPETENCIES


Communication
Facilitates team meetings effectively.
Holds regular status meetings with team.
Keeps team well informed of changes within the organization and general Etensity news.
Effectively communicates relevant IT-related information to superiors.
Delivers engaging, informative, well-organized presentations.
Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion.
Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.
Relays relevant IT-related information to the company in a timely manner.

Management
Initiates and implements improvements in all areas of IT responsibility.
Serves as main point of contact on all IT-related matters for the office assigned.
Responds/acts on upper-management direction .
Identifies and provides standards for gathering information for use in trend analysis and reports information to company management.

PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES



Leadership
Challenges others to develop as leaders while serving as a role model and mentor.
Manages the development of team by ensuring, when possible, that project tasks are in line with each Innovator's career interests.
Inspires coworkers to attain goals and pursue excellence.
Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change .
Manages the process of innovative change effectively.
Remains on the forefront of emerging industry practices.

Teamwork
Consistently acknowledges and appreciates each team member's contributions.
Effectively utilizes each team member to his/her fullest potential.
Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner.
Keeps track of lessons learned and shares those lessons with team members.
Mitigates team conflict and communication problems.
Plans and facilitates regular team activities outside of the office.

Client Management

Manages day-to-day internal client interaction
Sets and manages internal client expectations.
Communicates effectively with internal clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions.
Continually seeks opportunities to increase internal client satisfaction and deepen client relationships.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES


Innovator Development
Conducts effective performance evaluations and mentors those with less experience through formal channels.
Helps team execute career development plans.
Seeks and participates in development opportunities above and beyond training required by Etensity.
Trains other innovators and clients through both formal and informal training programs.
Encourages more junior Innovators to take responsibility for their development within the company.
Challenges fellow Innovators to progress toward their professional development goals.

Internal Operations
Suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.
Leads internal teams/task forces
Approves team members' time and expense reports in a conscientious and timely manner.
Reviews the status reports of team members and addresses issues as appropriate.
Complies with and helps to enforce standard Etensity policies and procedures.

I don’t really dream to be manager merely to manage people. I want it because I do want to contribute to the success of the company. You might say that even a simple employee can contribute to that success but the level of contribution really matters. That’s what I believe. I want to provide jobs to the needy and equip them with the proper training needed. I also want to implement a reward system that would motivate the employees to work hard and eager to contribute to the company’s success.

For the growth of the company, I with my co-decision makers should foresee the possible demands of the clients and the possible changes. On the other hand, the company’s equity should allot a budget for our own foundation or encourage our employees to give some of to the existing foundations.

Is dreaming to be a manager doesn’t fit to the so-called “worthy IT professional?” Being a manager means to help the company’s improvement and growth with the coordination of he employees. A worthy IT professional means to stand by its name “solutions provider” is it on your organization or the benefit of the other people. So I guess, the answer is YES, because I could be an IT professional by being a manager of the company by providing the employees and the company itself the necessary solutions for the crucial problems and situations.


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PostSubject: CONTINUATION   Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:09 pm

Life never disallows us to dream. Dream the impossible and the unreachable. In fact it is given to us for free. It is up to us to reach our dreams. But, life doesn’t promise that the way is easy. Life does not come to you in great long gulps but one day at a time. We surely have bad days and everything may turn out wrong. Life has its own trials, annoyances and difficulties. Stormy seas are part of life. Don’t think it will be a smooth sailing. Remember, rough seas make us stronger and courageous to reach our destination. Trials will come as they must into each life but with each burden comes the promise of compensating reward.

It’s up to us to set our own ways and means in achieving our dreams. Theses are our personal strategy. For me, the best strategy is merely based on the values and virtues and striving to at least practice them. Strive and survive.


My personal strategies:

• Trust in Divine Providence


Every path we take every step we make, trust in God. When you feel like you are not sure of your chosen path, trust in the Lord that you are taking the right one and if the day has come when you feel like you’re not really fit to it, then learn to let go of it. I had gone so many of this instance. So I could say, it is the best strategy. I have to pray that what I planned to myself abides and fits to what are his plans for me. We really don’t know our real purpose unless we learn to understand it and pray it to God. I have to pray that God guides me, enlightens me and helps me to have the knowledge and wisdom that I may enable to solve existing problems and obstacles along the way to reach my dream.

• Have that confidence

Following the trust in God is to trust and believe in ourselves. Even if others believe in you that you have the capacity to do certain jobs, you are skilled and everything all will be useless without your confidence. If you don’t have the confidence that you may surpass the challenges you are facing in you studies, then definitely, it’s also a blurry result that you can. In applying for a job, you also have to be confident enough to comply the necessary requirements the employee needed for you to be accepted in their organization. In working for your job, it is also the same thing. You need your confidence that you can do it properly lessening the scolds and chides of your boss. That’s how it is.

• Do a Hard work

Even if I already have the above two but I don’t have the third, then definitely, I would not be able to reach my goal. It is because doing works hard simply means that we want the best result out of it. And if the outcome would not be the same as one we expected, then we could not feel some guilt because we already know that we have done our best. And if the outcome would be pleasant to us, then we can say that that is the best result we can get for our hard work.

• Being responsible

I have to be responsible of my self. As much as possible don’t learn to depend on others and be responsible of the choices I make with no regrets. Not only this, I also have to do my responsibilities as a student now, and a successful employee in the future or even an employer. Do the necessary duties in doing my own job. It is because why do I expect of the success in the future when I’m not doing the right thing to be successful.

•Have the Spirit of sacrifice

Sometimes, you have to sacrifice something just to fulfill the desired outcome. A simple instance is from being a student who wants to enjoy with her many-year unseen friends, but because of her studies to do for the final exams and projects, he has to sacrifice one thing. Here comes the pressure but because of her determination to pass all of her subjects for the semester, she has to sacrifice one thing even if it cost her once in a lifetime enjoyment with her friend. It sounds to be a ridiculous example but at least I believe I already shared what I mean. Anyway, there are so many examples that relate to this strategy.

• Self-discipline or self-denial


It is also important to control myself in all circumstances in my studies and work. Sometimes I also have to deny yourself and your impulses towards things you really love for the sake of the goal you are achieving. Be it short-term or long-term. In order to succeed, I also have to train my conduct in order to improve myself as a student and a career woman and a person. Any improvement in your life is your improvement. Right? When you know how to control and manage yourself, then you could also be followed by you employees. Be a leader of yourself first before becoming a leader of the other.


• Manage time wisely


It’s in college days that I realized the essence of deadlines. Maybe because our teachers in elementary and high school are not that strict on implementing these things unlike our instructor and facilitators in college and maybe because I’m not that time conscious before. Now, I learned that time really is as precious as gold. When I watched at the news saying something which happened unexpectedly, that’s when I’m enlightened about the importance of every second of our life. That’s why I also consider being curious on time management. It’s also because you have to focus in everything and that everything should not be focused simultaneously. You are going to be insane. So I have to focus one thing at a time. In short, I should learn to wisely manage the time allotted and to be conscious on deadlines. It is a part of a good performance of a student and a worker.

• Be flexible

It means that I have the capacity to be bent over and over again without being damaged or injured but it doesn’t mean that I have to be like Lastikman. It is just that I have to have the capacity to perceive changes and is able to adapt easily and wisely on these changes. These adjectives refer literally to what is capable of withstanding stress without injury and figuratively to what can undergo change or modification.

• Understanding

It is also needed to understand things on how it is in the reality. Actually, I can have many definitions to it but the important thought is the name itself. Understanding means to have a comprehension, good sense, or discernment. Understanding on all things, be it on the unfavorable circumstances, problems, solutions, teachers, classmates, facilitators, instructors, employers, colleagues and even you job.

• Possess selflessness not selfish(ness)

Before, I have no distinction between the two terms. But when I listen to the songs and read some articles, I had noticed that selflessness always refer to the good side while the selfishness on the bad. Later, I had realized that I was simply right because the former is the complete opposite of the latter. Selflessness means showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is just synonymous to self-denying, self-forgetful, self-forgetting, and unselfish. Selfishness is being self-centered and egoistic. The quality or state of being selfish; exclusive regard to one's own interest or happiness; that supreme self-love or self-preference which leads a person to direct his purposes to the advancement of his own interest, power, or happiness, without regarding those of others.

IT people are selfless in nature because they provide solutions for the benefit of the other but not all of these people are worthy to be called. “Solutions provider” as they call it is tagged to IT and it’s also important that IT have been given the credit for the service they render. Be it on cash, rewards or salaries. But some are too demanding for the price of the service to the level of thinking that it is okay for their clients do not know how to use computers. For me, IT people should get the proper credits of their services and so must I.

• Real life experience

All those aforementioned strategies will not be enough to really fulfill my dreams if do not have the last one. Experience means to apprehend an object, thought, or emotion through the senses or mind, active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill, the knowledge or skill so derived and the totality of such events in the past of an individual.

In the way to reaching our goals, we have to have experience on the different fields that are really useful. These experiences made us equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for the fulfillment of our dream.

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http://www.mariosalexandrou.com/free-job-descriptions/it-manager.asp

http://shielamariepnara.blogspot.com/2009/07/assignment-2-in-hrm.html[/color]


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Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there? (at least 3000 words)



These questions bother me so much. It makes me realize what really my goals here in Institute of Computing in which I am enroll in Information Technology course. I was thinking what made me decide taking this field, how did I came up with this decision.

5 Years before....


Way back in my fourth year in my high school when everybody was planning to their path in college and busy thinking of what course to choose to their dream career . Also, they were preparing on taking up of entrance exams in different universities. It was the time I really got confuse and baffle with what course to take up. (Wheew! Honestly I had really had the hard time to think at that time.) Before I was left out with my classmates I just took several entrance exams offered by different schools but still I had not make my mind up on what course should I took up. Many of my classmates encourage and recommend me to take entrance exam in University of Southeastern Philippines and chose Information Technology as our course. Fortunately, I got passed with the entrance exam and preceded with an interview with one of faculty staffs. I had remembered that I was asked by my interviewee on what would my future career once I finish my degree and why I had choose IT as my course, I just answered IT is in demand here and abroad (where you can earn dollars, jejeje) and might end up as a call center agent or IT staff/professional (funny, I was not even know what kind of job it is) etc. With the different level I was into I try my best to be here. Luckily, I was one of the lists ready to enroll in Institute of Computing.
I had decided to pursue to stay here at the university and took IT because USEP offer the lowest rate per unit in tuition fee compared to other colleges here in Davao aside from University of Philippines. And being enrolled in one of the State Universities here in Philippines is an achievement to me and it surely made me proud of myself. In my first semester in my college days it was quite fine, I was able to pass the subjects. But in my second semester, I got failed in one of my major subjects and it was my first programming language, Turbo C++. Maybe I was not able to prepare and plan my college which was different to high school. Because the failure I made, I realized if I had to pursue this course that I chose. Instead of giving up, I had given it a second chance if I really belong to an IT world.
I started to appreciate this course when I took the second time in Turbo C++ with one of the best professor of Institute of Computing, she really good in teaching. It fascinated me how coded words create a simple computer program. It enhanced my logical analysis in making simple programs. With this, I made up my mind to continue and pursue this field which I had already started to love and to adopt. I admittedly not really good in this field I chose, but I had to. I did not have any choice. What I have realized is that we can able to learn to love everything, you just need to put effort on it and perseverance, and maybe you might win it in the end if you have determination.
I have been here in this university for five years, I have already invested so much and I think I must finish what I have started. I just merely have to sacrifice and face one and half year of suffer and pains and everything would be paid off. At this point I want to explore more to gain more knowledge. And if I get a hold with my bare hands of my diploma (because I promise to have it!!! Bongga..) I can able to use everything I learned and gained here in my course to my career someday. I might not good but I know I can able to share and to contribute what I have learned here.

One of my possible end point careers after college, it might be to be an IT professional. With this I am still wondering what the roles of this are in the real IT industry. With this I am able to research who is the IT professional for me to be able to visualize my self to be as one.


According to my research below:

Who is the IT professional? 

Key areas are those that relate to the Attitude, Skill and Knowledge of the IT professional. Interestingly these are the same areas of change that training focuses on. Training seeks to close or fill any gaps that an individual has in these areas. However, it must be noted that simply going for training programs does not make one a true and complete professional.

Who is the competent Information Technology professional?
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The competence of an IT professional is about meeting needs – satisfying the demand of the markets (local and global). Understanding competence needs will help IT professionals achieve greater success in their careers and businesses. Acquiring technical skills are the most obvious means of addressing these needs. Your competence as a professional however goes beyond paper qualifications.

Are you meeting Expectations

To be a competent IT professional, you must know what the expectations of your colleagues, your industry, your clients and the general public are. Meeting these expectations is what qualifies you to call yourself a professional, and what gives you recognition as a professional.

In today's world the role of the IT professional is crucial. IT has become an essential resource for most organizations. The evolving scenario is one of a growing complexity of computer systems and businesses dependence on them. Qualified and competent IT professionals are needed to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of computers.
The Diverse Nature of IT
Professionals work in areas such as Programming, Engineering, Database Administration, Networking, Web development and E-Commerce.

IT professionals create, operate, maintain and program computers. An IT professional must have the skills and knowledge required to carry out specialized tasks in a recognized field of IT. This is the minimum requirement. But IT skills demand far outstrips supply. Current IT skills shortage worldwide is enormous

With this I am able to know how can able to achieve my aspiration to be an IT professional.
To be worthily called an IT professional I think I must attain the following which I based on my research in which I actually become conscious.
  • Knowledge
    Training and Certification
    Experience
    Lifelong Learning
    Ethics


Knowledge

This aspect is important, it able us to perform well in our chosen field. With the learning from our more than four years in college we are able to gain and to expand the knowledge we already have.
To define what knowledge should acquire to be capable in this field.
Knowledge (intellectual and conceptual) can be acquired through formal education sources such as private training institutions, colleges, institutions of higher learning, as well as E-learning on the Internet. The focus is on the intellectual, i.e. understanding concepts, generating ideas.
Skills however, can be acquired and improved from work experience and practical training. The most effective form of skill building is through practical exercises.

Training and Certification


Training and certification assists in improving skills, increasing knowledge and gaining recognition. Certification exams identify the necessary skills for an individual to perform their job competently and most important, successfully. For example, A+ certifies the competency of service professionals in the computer industry. Anyone who wants an internationally recognized credential as a competent computer service professional can take the A+ examination.
Because Certification is becoming the vogue in the IT industry today, more and more potential and working IT professionals want to get certified. It makes sense. Certification gives an IT professional, a valued credential that is recognized in the IT industry. Not only that, it is a powerful tool for providing job and business opportunities and for meeting challenges on the field. Improved income and enhanced professional credibility are powerful motivators for becoming IT certified.
Does having a popular certification make you a competent and recognized IT professional? Is certification part of your career development plan? If it is, this must be based on a solid understanding of what certification entails and how certification fits into your personal work / career goals.
But as noted earlier, certification is only one way of ensuring you have the required skills and knowledge for IT professionalism. Formal education and Work experience, i.e. practical and relevant work experience, are also essential for IT skill and knowledge achievement.

Lifelong Learning

IT professionals must also address is the issue of currency. Professionals must find ways of staying current on IT and IT related issues. This requires continuous self-development on the part of the IT professional. Simply because you are certified, or you have many years of experience, does not mean you should go to sleep. The IT field is one of the fastest developing fields worldwide. You cannot afford to be outdated or allow your skills to stagnate. You cannot serve your clients or employers well if you only have outdated ideas and information. As an IT professional, you cannot be relevant to your society if you are not current.
Luckily with the digital age, there are many information, and learning opportunities available for serious and career-minded IT professionals. The Internet can be used for education and continuous self-development. Other tools that can be utilized for staying up to date include: books, publications, training, software, etc. But the presence of all these tools is not enough; as a professional you must have the ability and desire to update yourself on a continuous basis. We must never stop learning. This is especially crucial in IT. There must be a readiness and hunger to learn. Yesterday's knowledge may not be able to handle today's opportunities and challenges.

Ethics

This should acquire and attain by every IT Professionals because this is your attitude towards your work, your client and people around you. This factor can truly make you worthily called an IT Professional, aside from having IT expertise.
However, does having superior IT skills, knowledge and certification make you a true professional? "Administrators and network engineers do not live by Windows 2000 alone. " I have personally come in contact with IT certified individuals who I cannot dare to call professionals. Or what would you call an individual who has no regard for ethics and is ever ready to sacrifice professionalism at the altar of money? As a professional what is your attitude to the public, your work, your colleagues, or your clients?
What is your attitude towards business ethics? In today's fast and slick business environment, how relevant is ethics when you can take the easy way out? Everybody wants to be "fast and smart". To a professional, money is important but it is not everything. Money should not be your master. To maintain this attitude can sometimes be difficult, with the attendant daily pressures. But that is no excuse. If you want to be a true professional that is the price you must pay. IT professionals need to ask themselves: "Am I in IT for quick, short profit or am I in IT for the long distance?" The choice is yours.

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Is the CCNA certified individual who defrauds his employers an IT professional? What about those who use their skills and knowledge for anti-social and destructive activities? Are they professionals too? The most notorious are hackers and Virus developers. These are highly skilled individuals but what they use those skills for are not in the interest of society. The same goes for IT fraudsters. If you have all certifications in this world and you use your knowledge and skills to steal and destroy you are nothing but a thief.
The right attitude also extends to how you treat your clients or employers. Are you dependable and trustworthy? There are many examples of so-called professionals who talk down to clients, and who cheat their clients or employers.
Is it truly ethical, for example, for a professional to take longer than necessary to perform a job? To say that he/she is sick in order to take a day off for leisure? To fail to report rule violations by a co-worker?
The public expects the IT professional to be socially responsible and disciplined and should be a role model for the youth.

Conclusion


In conclusion, one can state that IT professionalism does not end with getting certified and earning a fat pay. It isn't simply about being a skilled expert. Just as professionalism is about skills and knowledge, it is also about responsibility and duty. It is about using your skills and knowledge in a responsible and humane manner. It is about using your privileged status to bring about positive change in society.
And what ever skills and knowledge we attain, we should use it in a way we can help others.


10 years from now…..
What would I be ten years from now? What would be my status in an IT industry

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PostSubject: Assignment # 1   Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:42 pm

We are to think about our self worthy to be called as IT professional, how do we see our self 10 years from now, and what are our strategies to get there?


"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." -Denis Watley-



Basically it is one of the toughest questions given to us for the reason that, it really hard to think of becoming an IT professional with our situation today. However since we envision of becoming a member of IT professional league, I think we must first define what does this “worthy IT Professional” means.

In the World of IT many people call our selves “IT Professionals,” but what I would like to know is the true meaning of a “worthy” IT professional? Can we be an IT professional if we only use the GUI side or do we really have to be able to use the command line area as well? Would I have the qualification to be called as IT professional?

Worthy, I have heard this word a million times before since when I was young up to now, and yet, I really don’t know the exact meaning. Why does this word exist? What is the word worthy? The word worthy, is it merely just a word? Or is there something deeper meaning beyond its word itself, can any anyone narrow its meaning? It has been used by most people. It is the mostly asked.

The word worthy just what is it? To define the word worthy, according to the dictionary, it is somebody who is good or morally upright or a respectable person. Am I fit to what the word worthy defines? If yes, I don’t know why and how. If not, are there ways to make my self praiseworthy? To be a worthy person, a respectable person, or a good person, they say it starts with small deeds. However, if a person fails to do so then, how could you do big deeds just to be called a worthy person?

Everything around us is changing. Technology is one of the most ideal examples of change. There has been a rapid pace of change in technology in these past years. New technologies were introduced to improve the quality of our life. It is for our own comfort. It is for ease of getting things done. Technology has change the way of our living. And it makes me wonder, “Are there still things that are needed to improve in our life?”

We are in line of what they so called future “IT Professionals”, not because we are soon to graduate as IT student only but the mere fact that we can contribute a massive development to the industry of technology. Can we commit our self worthy to be called IT professionals?

Well, IT professional covers a lot of different jobs similar to doctor a veterinarian, general practitioner, surgeon and all doctors; I would say the same for Programmer, helpdesk support, SQL designer are all types of IT Professionals. It all really comes down to one thing a good knowledge of Computers and a pay packet for doing it. Just as intended applicants to any club or organization are scorned, however, so are technology professionals scorned by the established professions. The intent is to maintain high standing of existing professions by demeaning all else. Most technical professionals are constrained to operate under duress, however, working under deadlines created by delusions and fantasies of persons having no particular technical basis for their determination. Any work product produced under such situations is bound to be flawed.

As I surf the net I found out that Information technology professionals within an organization tend to work together in a team environment. Team members within an organization must learn to work together to complete a job. Professionals that make up this team may include systems analyst, information systems management, programmers, users and other specialists. In order to work well together, a team must strive to communicate clearly and completely with its members. To achieve this, members will have to trust and respect each other. Furthermore each member should put one’s own views second to the views of the group. The responsibility and accountability within a team should be shared, for success in a team environment.

Not so long, I dream to become a boss in my own company or travel around the globe with the help of my premises, but never in my dream to become an It professionals. Really things are meant to be change as time goes by, and this would make me realize that upon choosing my carrier now, I can barely say that dreaming to be an It professional is indeed a big challenge in my life now. Although IT covers many works, still I’m confused on what to choose. Would it be an IT programmer? IT consultant? Or what?

Hmmmm maybe, just maybe 10 years from now Ill be an IT Consultant, not because it deals with meeting with different clients but also indeed it fit my personality as more comfortable in talking and convincing a lot. Here are some definitions about an IT consultant:

An IT consultant works in partnership with clients, advising them how to use information technology in order to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. Consultants work to improve the structure and efficiency and of an organization’s IT systems. IT consultants may be involved in a variety of activities, including marketing, project management, client relationship management and systems development. They may also be responsible for user training and feedback. In many companies, these tasks will be carried out by an IT project team. IT consultants are increasingly involved in sales and business development, as well as technical duties.
Definition and Nature of the Work

The widespread use of computers in businesses of all sizes has created a need for computer consultants. Companies that are large enough to computerize their operations but too small to need a computer specialist on staff usually hire computer consultants on a contract or retainer basis.

Most computer consultants work independently, although some are employed by consulting firms. Their duties vary according to the needs of their client companies. A computer consultant might spend only a few hours helping a dentist select and learn to operate a small office system. For a larger company, the consultant might spend several months establishing a complicated database, creating a network of small and large computers, writing user manuals, designing a Web site, or conducting computer training classes. Consultants also may recommend and design security features for a computer system. Computer consultants can be software programmers, hardware system installers, networking specialists, database specialists, systems analysts, or a combination of the above.
Education and Training Requirements

Most computer consultants are college graduates. They may have degrees in computer science or data processing. Experts recommend that aspiring consultants gain experience as staff computer specialists before working independently.

Getting the Job

Interested individuals can apply directly to computer consulting firms. If someone wants to work independently, he or she can advertise in computer magazines or send a resume directly to firms that potentially require the services of a computer consultant.

Typical work activities

Task typically involve:

• meeting with clients to determine requirements;
• working with clients to define the scope of a project;
• planning timescales and the resources needed;
• clarifying a client's system specifications, understanding their work practices and the nature of their business;
• traveling to customer sites;
• liaising with staff at all levels of a client organization;
• defining software, hardware and network requirements;
• analyzing IT requirements within companies and giving independent and objective advice on the use of IT;
• developing agreed solutions and implementing new systems;
• presenting solutions in written or oral reports;
• helping clients with change-management activities;
• project managing the design and implementation of preferred solutions;
• purchasing systems where appropriate;
• designing, testing, installing and monitoring new systems;
• preparing documentation and presenting progress reports to customers;
• organizing training for users and other consultants;
• being involved in sales and support and, where appropriate, maintaining contact with client organisations;
• identifying potential clients and building and maintaining contacts.

Information technology (IT) consultants work in firms of management consultants, software and systems houses within large manufacturers of computing equipment, or occasionally internally in major industrial companies.

What IT consultants do

• analyze IT requirements within companies and give independent and objective advice on the use of IT
• provide specialist support and back-up to professionals within client companies
• advise on strategic planning and operational efficiency
• may run facilities for clients
• design, develop and test new systems
• train staff in new systems.

Key skills for IT consultants

• analytical approach to work
• excellent problem-solving skills
• interpersonal skills
• communication skills
• ability to absorb complex technical information and pass this on clearly
• stamina to meet deadlines
• ability to work under pressure
• project-management skills
• detailed technical knowledge
• motivation.

Training to be an IT consultant

Training is usually on the job, and may include training in programming languages, systems analysis and testing, or in business skills. Practical project experience under supervision is also given.

Information technology consulting (IT consulting, Computer consultancy, Computing consultancy, technology consulting or business and technology services) is a field that focuses on advising businesses on how best to use information technology to meet their business objectives. In addition to providing advice, IT consultancies often implement, deploy, and administer IT systems on businesses' behalf.

The IT consulting industry can be viewed as a three-tier system:

• Professional services firms which maintain large professional workforces and command high bill rates.
• Staffing firms, which place technologists with businesses on a temporary basis, typically in response to employee absences, temporary skill shortages and technical projects.
• Independent consultants, who function as employees of staffing firms (for US tax purposes, employed on "W-2"), or as independent contractors in their own right (for US tax purposes, on "1099").

There is a relatively unclear line between management consulting and IT consulting. There are sometimes overlaps between the two fields, but IT consultants often have degrees in computer science, electronics, technology, or management information systems while management consultants often have degrees in accounting, economics, Industrial Engineering, finance, or a generalized MBA (Masters in Business Administration).

According to the Institute for Partner Education & Development, IT consultants' revenues come predominantly from design and planning based consulting with a mixture of IT and Business Consulting. This is different from a Systems Integrator in that you do not normally take title to product. Their value comes from their ability to integrate and support technologies as well as determining product and brands.

With all these thoughts and beliefs, I would probably say that that the mere fact that I’m holding my own key to success is the fact that I have to struggle more in fulfilling my vision and mission in life not only an ordinary person but as the future IT professional.

I don’t know if this will help me a worthy person or a worthy IT professional. It is just small and there is nothing special. However, it will be a good start isn’t it? I shall end this with a quotation by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt saying that far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.




Sources:
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/it_consultant_job_description.jsp
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/196/Computer-Consultant.html
http://www.get.hobsons.co.uk/advice/consultancy-IT-consultant
http://www.answers.com/topic/information-technology-consulting


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:51 am

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Many young people always strive to improve themselves. Sometimes, they succeed; othertimes, they fail. The good thing is even though these people have experienced tougher problems, they do not quit in any case. They build themselves into better, more capable individuals. They start with knowing their assets, goals and objectives, then bridge the gap s between what they are and what they want to be. As they grow up in the real world, they discover that they can face the challenges that come into their way, no matter how great those challenges are. They are the people who succeed while young they have constantly tried to make things right and to make themselves better. From this, I understand that building a better self is indeed a must in these changing times.

Building a better self is always preceded with Planning, a strategic planning. No one has acquired success without a plan, any plan will do ensuring that you have commitment to your plans and you are giving justice to your plans. Planning encompasses one’s vision, mission, goals and objectives, and it is important that you’re objectives specific and attainable. It is also important that there is adherence towards your goals for, this serves as your guide as you take the path of your choice. Besides, Planning is a process for accomplishing purpose. It is blue print of business growth and a road map of development. It helps in deciding objectives both in quantitative and qualitative terms. It is setting of goals on the basis of objectives and keeping in view the resources. A plan should be a realistic view of the expectations. Depending upon the activities, a plan can be long range, intermediate range or short range. It is the framework within which it must operate. For management seeking external support, the plan is the most important document and key to growth. Preparation of a comprehensive plan will not guarantee success, but lack of a sound plan will almost certainly ensure failure. Moreover, a plan can play a vital role in helping to avoid mistakes or recognize hidden opportunities. Preparing a satisfactory plan of the organization is essential.

The planning process enables management to understand more clearly what they want to achieve, and how and when they can do it. Planning helps in forecasting the future, makes the future visible to some extent. It bridges between where we are and where we want to go. Planning is looking ahead. In general, planning is made to facilitate goals achievement; to facilitate assessment; to reduce risks and loss; to make good decisions; to carry out job division; and to determine opportunities and threats. This is how planning should be. In our plans, we also have the foresights or our visions but, the question is – Have you ever thought of how you should live your life in order to reach your foresights? re you directing it towards a goal r are you just drifting?. It is never easy to answer these questions especially when you are already in the midst of challenges. But to build up one’s self, these questions should have answered prior an action was made.

There are points in ourlives that we really have to plan, a plan for our everyday undertakings. Even we worked so hard for planning at the end we still end up “failed” with our dreams. This is because we don’t give justice to our plans and it seems like we are planning to fail. There are also scenarios that we fail for the reason that we fail to plan. “By failing to plan, you almost certainly fall into the trap of reacting to situations as they come along rather than dealing with priorities in a controlled, systematic manner. Get organized by identifying your top 3 priorities for the day and then block out a period of time according to your estimate to complete the task. If certain tasks need to be done daily, try and do them at the same time each day. Doing things by habit, at the same time each day, conserves energy and reduces mental stress. Get organized by identifying your best time of day. Then schedule your priority tasks for that time if possible, when you are at your performance peak.”

I have this observation in which it conveys how planning play a vital role. As for my observation, there are fresh graduates who experienced hard time to decide what to pursue especially if these people are aware and understand that they are in a filed where competition do exist, where everyone is a competitor. While others find it easy especially when they know they are capable enough and they have addressed the right thing to do when they get into the real world. Honestly, before as I enter the premises of the university and in the college where I am in now, I really have that hard time thinking of what to pursue after I finish my IT education; for, in the first place I really don’t know what are the career opportunities that awaits. Until now, I realized how good are the career opportunities that IT education can offer. 10 years from now, “I am one of those highly in-demand IT Consultants in the country”.

Let’s get to know more about an IT Consultant, its job description, typical work activities, key skills for IT Consultants, and the training that one should acquire in order to be an IT Consultant. Information Technology (IT) Consultants work in firms of management consultants, software and system houses within large manufacturers of computing equipment, or occasionally internally in major industrial companies. An IT consultant works in partnership with clients, advising them how to use information technology in order to meet their business objectives or overcome problems. Consultants work to improve the structure and efficiency and of an organizations’ IT systems. IT consultants may be involved in a variety of activities, including marketing, project management, client relationship management and systems development. May also be responsible for user training and feedback. In many companies, these tasks will be carried out by IT project team. IT consultants are increasingly involved in sales and business development, as well as technical duties.

Some typical work activities of an IT consultant – meeting with clients to determine their needs/requirements; working with clients to define the scope of a project; planning timescales and the resources needed; clarifying a client’s system specifications; understanding their work practices and the nature of their business; and traveling to customer sites. IT consultants do analyze IT requireme4nts within companies and give independent and objective advice on the use of IT; provide specialist support and back-up to professionals within client companies; advise on strategic planning and operational efficiency; train staff in new systems. Key skills for IT consultants – analytical approach to work; excellent problem-solving skills; interpersonal skills; communication skills; ability to absorb complex technical information and pass this on clearly; and project management skills. IT consultants facilitate organizational change while providing expertise on technical, functional and/or business topics during the design, development and/or implementation of automated systems. Perform business requirements analysis, recommends selection of software/hardware, develops proposals for consulting services and manages the execution of the projects.

Sources:

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/it_consultant_job_description.jsp
http://www.get.hobsons.co.uk/advice/consultancy-IT-consultant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planning
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Explain_the_importance_of_planning
http://www.about-goal-setting.com/get-organized.html


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:52 am

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As what I have mentioned from the previous thread that 10 years from now “I am one of those highly in-demand IT Consultants in the country”. Of course, if I envision myself to be one, I have to do necessary things essential for me to achieve this goal.

First things first, I have to finish my IT education.

In today's world, IT education and training is becoming increasingly important. Those who have the right IT education credentials have highly marketable skills that employers seek.

However, the IT world is fast-paced. Technology changes frequently and it's very important for IT workers to keep up with the changes. That's why you may want to consider frequent IT training. It keeps your skills fresh.

With an information technology degree, you can:

1. Transition to a more lucrative career. If you're currently stuck in a dead-end job, information technology education could be a great way to break into a new career. Take classes in your free time so that you can get a new job.

2. Be eligible for a promotion. Most companies prefer to promote from within and if you constantly stay up to date with your IT training courses, you put yourself in a prime position for advancement.

3. Get a raise in your current position. When you increase your skills, you become more valuable to your employer. In many cases, they will offer you more money so that you don't become tempted to look elsewhere for employment.

If I finished my IT education eventually, I’ll be an IT Professional. For me to become a competent IT professional, I must know what are the expectations of my colleagues, my industry, and my clients. Meeting these expectations is what qualifies me to call a professional, and what gives me the recognition as a professional. In today’s world the role of the IT professional is crucial. It has become an essential resource for most organizations. An IT professional must have the skills in and knowledge required to carry out specialized tasks in recognized field of IT. This is the minimum requirement.

Also, I have to find IT training companies that offer certification or preparation for exams. Having a certificate looks good on your resume and helps you get better jobs. If you're going to take information technology training classes, you may as well get a certificate that proves you know the information. Knowledge can be acquired through formal education sources such as private training institutions, colleges, institutions of higher learning, as well as E-learning on the internet. The most effective form of skill building is through practical exercises. Training and certification assists in improving the skills, increasing knowledge and gaining recognition. Certification exams identify necessary skills for an individual to perform the job competently and most importantly, successfully. Certification gives an IT professional, a valued credential that is recognized if the IT Industry. Not only that, it is a powerful tool for providing job and business opportunities and for meeting challenges on the field.

Moreover, having the certification, skills and knowledge to do complex things are not the only things you can incorporate for an IT professional. Of course, Interpersonal skills are also important. To maintain good interpersonal skills can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are working under pressures, sometimes it really drives you to become hot-tempered. But that is no excuse, if you want to be a true professional it is the price you must pay. The right attitude also extends how you treat your clients and your employer. The public expects the IT professional to be socially responsible and disciplined and should be a role model for the youth. IT professionals must also have address the issue of currency. Professionals must find ways in staying current on IT and IT related issues. This requires continues self-development on the part of the IT professional. You cannot afford to be outdated or allow your skills to stagnate. You cannot serve your clients well if you have outdated information and ideas. As a professional you must have the desire to update yourself on a continuous basis.

Generally, one can state that IT professionalism doesn’t end up with getting certified and earning a fat pay. It isn’t simply about being a skilled expert. Just as professionalism is about skills and knowledge, it is also about responsibility and duty. It is about using your skills and knowledge in a responsible and humane manner. It is about using your privileged status to bring about positive change in society.

References:

http://www.jidaw.com/article2.html
http://www.business.com/directory/computers_and_software/computer_services/information_technology_it_services/education_and_training/
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PostSubject: Assignment 1   Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:37 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?


For me, ten years from now I would be an Information Technology professional and look forward that I graduated with the degree course of IT. But including the word “worthy” it involve the capability of the person that should be an excellent IT professional but not the only the name but also the performance and the potential in terms of profession that you chosen. Prove your ability by making a good decision and have good personality in the field you chosen. You should love what you doing and provide the greatest thing you can do. Sometimes, they failed but still they do not give up in terms of difficulties.

Someone who has a successful life must be able to set goals and accomplish those goals. There is a common denominator for a truly successful life, and it is to include wisdom, faith in a higher being, and peace. Wisdom is the ability to have common sense and good judgment. Faith is an understanding that we are just part of the creation of something bigger than us that is unexplainable. Success is never reached unless you have peace. Being able to have self knowledge, and act according to what is in the best interest for our individuality and the people who surround us is wise. The reason most of our leaders are old is because they are wiser and have more knowledge.

Successful people are different from ordinary people and that is why they are able to create amazing results in their life. They know what it takes to be successful. Therefore, if you want to be one of them, this is the right article for you. You will discover the ultimate life success strategies that never fail here...
Do you believe that there is a set of strategies that you can follow through to achieve whatever you want in your life? It is just like a formula, a law, and as long as you follow through, you will definitely get what you want in your life. Below are the 3 simple steps of the ultimate life success strategies...

1. The first step is to determine what you really want to achieve in your life. Think forward 10 years. Imagine the life you are going to live, who will you be, where are you and how much money are going to make? This is the fundamental step in achieving what you want in your life. You must first find out your destination before you make the move.
2. The second step is to craft a plan on how you can make your dreams and your goals come true. You must develop your life plan that consists of your goals and your action strategies of what you should do so that you will achieve your goals. Most people know what they want in their life, but they never really have a clear plan on how they can achieve it. If you want to be successful today, you must start from managing and planning for your future.
3. Lastly, you must take consistent action that will get you to where you want to be. Most people are just blowing hot air, they talk about what they want but they never really put them into action and actually make their dreams come true. This is the biggest difference between a success person and a struggling person. Successful people are committed to their dreams and their goals. They are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve what they want in their life.

These are my personal strategies……….

1. Positive

Successful people don’t let negative events alter their ego. They see the glass half full and not half empty. They are known as the ones who raises positiveness among others

2. Responsible

A responsible person, in the legal sense, is one that would use good judgment, be prudent in his decision making processes, and have a track record of responsible living.
Successful people are responsible for what they do. Even when something out of their control affects their feelings, they promptly act and take responsibility for improving the situation.

3. Optimistic

Most people will do what’s easiest and avoid hard work — and that’s precisely why you should do the opposite. The superficial opportunities of life will be attacked by hordes of people seeking what’s easy. The much tougher challenges will usually see a lot less competition and a lot more opportunity.

4. Work hard

A Hard Working Person Is Successful In Life Than An Intelligent One. It Is Commonly Observed That An Intelligent Person Are Careless And Usually Over Estimate Their Abilities. Even An Employer Always Prefer To Hire A Hard Working Person Than An Intelligent One. Hard Working Person Always Achieve His Goals & Success Because The Key To Success Is HARD WORK !

5. Confident

Successful people believe in themselves and in their actions. They know that everything will turn right if you give it enough time and passion.


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http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Shawn_Lim
http://www.freestylemind.com/successful-people-traits/


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:20 pm

Think about yourself worthy to be called as IT professional, how do you see yourself 10 years from now, what are your strategies to get there?


Being an IT professional is seems so easy , but then if we analyze it,a worthy IT professional is really a hard task to do to be in line with them . If we think of it the responsibility ,the knowledge , the commitment should be equip to us to be one of those IT professional. The experience on the field is one of the necessary thing to develop our skills and imply knowledge but these thing are useless if we don’t have plan t be build up for the future responsibilities.

If we think , we can’t deny that many of us when we graduate , we end working on the company not related to our course or even related but then it is not cool work that is attainable with our degree .And these is all because we fail to plan or we call it plan to fail .In other we just go with the flow .It is hard to accept but it is true ,I even can’t deny that .

Lovely that this assignment is made, a good way for us to think, analyze our damn selves for planning for the future. I’m thankful these kind of assignment is brought to our class for me to understand why I am here and analyze what should be my purpose and who should be me tomorrow , my plans for how to get my goal in life.

For me to be worthy professional I should have my strategic plans as w e have learned in our class discussion. Before I reveal my strategic plans we should learn much about strategic plan. What ?For what? How? Why? is a strategic planning

In doing strategic plans most companies hope to be successful and survive need to develop there long-term strategic plan with specific goals and objectives that relate to the customers' needs and the company's competitors. In today's difficult economic climate, organizations do not have the resources to function aimlessly without direction. And these is hard most of them plan for short term since nowadays climate change is fast changing.

Strategic planning is an organization's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Various business analysis techniques can be used in strategic planning, including SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats ), PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social, and Technological), STEER analysis (Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Regulatory factors), and EPISTEL (Environment, Political, Informatic, Social, Technological, Economic and Legal).
Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization's future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:
1. "What do we do?"
2. "For whom do we do it?"
3. "How do we excel?"

In business strategic planning, the third question is better phrased "How can we beat or avoid competition?".
In many organizations, this is viewed as a process for determining where an organization is going over the next year or more -typically 3 to 5 years, although some extend their vision to 20 years.
In order to determine where it is going, the organization needs to know exactly where it stands, then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there. The resulting document is called the "strategic plan."
It is also true that strategic planning may be a tool for effectively plotting the direction of a company; however, strategic planning itself cannot foretell exactly how the market will evolve and what issues will surface in the coming days in order to plan your organizational strategy. Therefore, strategic innovation and tinkering with the 'strategic plan' have to be a cornerstone strategy for an organization to survive the turbulent business climate.


These are some of my guide in planning my future

Effective Life Plan
• Step 1
What is important to you? Is it a job, is it a family, is it education, status? Write down what is important to you for you to be happy in life.
• Step 2
Who is important to you? Write down a list of people who are important to you. Your spouse, your parents, your friends, etc.
• Step 3
How do you want the important people to in your life to remember you when you are not around? Next to each person, write down what you want them to remember about you when you are not around.
• Step 4
What do you want to have accomplished in one year, five years, ten years or even twenty years? Setting goals ensures that there is a set of milestones. It’s up to you to create the path to get there.
• Step 5
Break your goals into smaller steps to celebrate small victories along the way. I like to write down my goals and then create a little “how to” plan to get there. For example, I would like to get a degree. To get there, I plan to attend two courses a semester until I achieve my goal. This means, I will achieve my goal in XX years or by XX date.
• Step 6
Continue to evaluate your plan. No plans are set in stone. If your goals in life change, make your plan flexible to change with it. After all, it’s your life.


Effective Plan to be employed

The application
Try not to fill out the application at the workplace take it home or if you cannot fill it out away from the job site.
Make sure that the application does not have errors or omissions. List your most important traits that are relevant to the job you are attempting to gain. Do not use your any device such as your BlackBerry or IPods; focus all your energies in this job application.
Remember people are watching you

The interview
Beforehand, practice your interview with a close friend, it sounds stupid but acting or “perception” is as significant as reality.
Former president, Ronald Reagan was a professional and wonderful actor. His acting skills actually changed the world! Recall- “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Dude, make sure you don’t use the word DUDE. Or any word that makes you looks “unprofessional” such as LIKE (out of context), YOU KNOW and especially the word BRO! No terms of endearment – sweetheart, baby, honey, ECT…
Always look and act professional……
Things You'll Need:
• Suit/tie
• "Thank you attitude"
• Dress Business or do not go
• Be positive
• Attention to detail
Plan to be a worth employee

1. Step 1
NEVER SAY "IT'S NOT MY JOB." Every job that you have the knowledge (or potential knowledge) to do can be your job. No boss wants to hear negativity from their employees - those are usually the first ones to go in a layoff. If you don't know how to do something, either figure it out if you can or ask someone who does. Go above the call of duty and extend yourself. Your employer will see you as far more than a team player.

2. Step 2
PUT YOUR HOURS IN. No employer likes paying someone for hours they haven't worked. If you are 15 minutes late every day, that works out to be over 50 hours every year they are paying you to not be there. Now add it all up if you take extended breaks, lunches, play games on the computer, and check out early. Work they hours that they pay you to work.

3. Step 3
DRESS FOR SUCCESS. You should dress at the top of the category for your job title. In other words, if your employer says "dress casual" is the attire for the office, you should dress the best you are able to on your budget. You can think of it as dressing for the job you WANT, not just the job you HAVE.

4. Step 4
SEEK ADDITIONAL TRAINING. A valued employee is one that is always looking for ways to improve himself and his workplace. Ask your boss for classes that would be appropriate for you to further your career. Discuss your goals with her, and make plans for your future with that organization. This will show your employer that you want to grow with the company and that you're there for the long term.





How to have own Business

• Step1
First, brainstorm ideas about what you want to do. Think of things that interest you and your hobbies. Whether it is a thrift store, selling crafts, a video rental store or selling cars there is always a need for everything. Pick out something that you have a lot of knowledge with.

• Step 2
Research to see if you would make profit in that line of business. Some businesses are unsuccessful because there is not a high demand of the items owners are trying to sell in that area. Read books and search the internet to find out if there is a high demand in the business that you want to open.

• Step 3
Start small. Starting your business in your house may be your best option because you aren’t paying any renting fees. Your business may expand and you then can think about finding a building for your business. It doesn’t make sense to pay rent on a building which only holds a few items.

• Step 4
Advertise locally. You have the opportunity to advertise in newspapers, on bulletin boards, handing out flyers and on craigslist. The more people that know about your business the more business you will get and more sales you will make.

High Demand Careers

The Facts

1. When a career is in high demand, the employers will offer a higher pay and sometimes even a bonus for people who join the field. There are many websites available online which offer information on which careers are in high demand, which ones will be in high demand and also which careers will have little or no openings. These statistics will remain the same for a long period of time. Sometimes a career won't be in demand because there are already so many people working in that field. A person will go to school to practice in that field, but finding work will be hard, if not impossible.

Time Frame
2. A High demand career will stay open for a number of years. However, these high demand careers are subject to change at least every 10 years. The reason these job openings change is because a lot of people will educate themselves in the field because they know it is in high demand and will then seek out employment. Eventually the jobs that were once widely available will become hard to land. Other jobs will then be in high demand and seeking future employees. The government keeps up with these statistics so one can find out what will be available long before the time has come.

Benefits
3. There are benefits of choosing a job that is high in demand. Certain employers will hire a person who isn't fully educated in the field because they are very desperate for employees. The employers will then allow their employees to train on the job. Some employers will even pay for the person to further educate them self in the field, while working for their company. If the employer offers to pay for education, they will have you sign a contract stating that you will stay with the employer for a certain number of years.
As stated earlier, when a career is high in demand the pay will rise a great deal. The reason companies raise the pay for high demand careers, is to attract people to that field. They will offer better health insurance plans as well.

Risk Factors
4. There are not too many risk factors involved when you are choosing a career that is high in demand. The one risk factor that does tend to happen at times is a change in pay. When a job is in demand and offering high pay, it will attract a lot of people to the field. Eventually there will be so many people interested in the field that the career is no longer high in demand. They aren't looking hard for employees. Finding people to work for their company will become very easy, so they will then drop the pay of their current employees.
Companies will drop the pay for people who aren't high up on the scale, because they can be easily replaced. However, if you have been with the company a long time, your pay will remain the same or may possibly increase.

Features
5. A high demand career is a smart choice for someone who is looking to make good money and find employment easily. If a person sees that a career will be in high demand within the next couple of years, it is a good idea to get educated in that field. When you have a good background in the field and it is in high demand, you can guarantee that you will be making a very good salary.
If a person is one of the first people to get into a career that is in high demand, by the time the jobs have filled up, they will be in great standing with their company and won't have to worry about pay drop or loss of employment.
Choosing a career that is in high demand is a great idea for anyone. If someone has decided to take a job that is high in demand, they will want to keep up with the statistics of that field and always educated themselves further to ensure a happy, wealthy future.
MY PLANS

As I have research about these assignment I have learned guidance in my goal and I have establish my plans 10 years from now…
1st – I should graduate my IT course by next year .In that I should study hard and give more time for my studies for me to start my new life after school.
2nd – If I graduate I will find job that is related to IT that could enhance my skills on my course .We all now that IT people are in demand so there’s many applicants in a company .I’ll work hard to be employed .In that I could enhance my capabilities and learned much about my field. Because I know that not only in school we get knowledge but also in the fields we are into .I should work only 1 year only .
3rd- In that If could be qualified to work as a manager that handles people in the big IT company ,Ill grab it .In that time I’ll be more productive to be promote and earn much money .Ill equip myself in e businesses as my part time job.
4th- If I have earned much money ,I will build a small business .An internet café that is owned by my parents to help my family and to make them more productive .
5th –I’ll go to school again to have my masteral to learn more for me to build IT business in the Philippines.
6th-I could finally have time for my happiness in this life and buy things not only me but my family..Ihope I could follow these plans ..So help me God


References:
http://www.ehow.com/about_4567515_high-demand-careers.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_5582232_successfully-start-own-business.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_5593773_land-job-over-other-applicants.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_5599838_create-effective-life-plan.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_planning


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PostSubject: Re: Assignment 1 (Due: before November 14, 2009, 13:00hrs)   Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:24 pm

On our later subject HRM, we were asked to develop a job description of the job we want to hold in the future. As an answer I've chosen the job called game developer. The next paragraphs are the description of the said job.

A good story line, nice graphics and characters, unique animation schemes and a bug-less programs is what a good game holds. The story of the games must reach the player’s mind as if it was somewhat real or life-like thus, making the game interesting. Graphics and the compilation of arts that moves through animation are the things that make it fun and a bug-less program is what keeps the player’s patience and makes them want to reach the goal of the game. Common game story line may involve strategic games, word games, dress up game and escape games, which is one of my favorites. Games enables player to be in control of the game thus, letting them act as the main character of the game. Through this gamers will be able to develop quick thinking to win the game.

Games, particularly computer games also called video games, were introduced as a new kind of entertainment on the year 1971. The growth of technology has made it more popular. As years pass, many kinds of computer games have been developed including LAN or local area network and online games. LAN games can be played on everyone’s desktop. Online games can be played with the aid of internet, this way a certain player can play with another player no matter how many miles they’re apart. These games have even reached the cell phones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_video_games).

The ones who make and develop games are called games developer or games programmer. The job needs a vast and wide range of imagination thus, making it possible to create a unique story and characters. A good skill in arts and animation would make the things on the developers mind to come into life. The sound effects can make the game exciting. This also helps to catch the people’s eyes because a good graphics is a big impact on how the game will sell. Of course, the most important skill to have is knowledge with regards to programming language such as, C++, Java and any other programming language. A good skill in arithmetic will turn your program to become bug-less.

A game developer meets problems during and after producing the games, thus the most important attitude a developer can have is patience. This will enable him to find and correct bugs that are found during or after the game have been produced. The pressure of meeting deadline may be stressful but, this is just one thing a good developer should overcome because a simple bug on the game will destroy the game thus, making the game boring and unfair for those who doesn’t know the bug yet, which will push them to stop playing or choosing another game, which are better than the one you have just developed.

I both love arts and anime so I guess a games developer would be the best job for me in the near future. I would love to be part of a team that creates a new kind of game. Since I am a type of person who doesn’t want to be exposed in unfamiliar crowd, a job like this would fit me best. Another thing is, I would be able to give out my talent and skills with teammates, whom I already know and comfortable with. With this kind of profession, I can also work alone and I’d be able to work at home then, just sell my developed game to those who are interested.

As for this subject, MIS 2, we were asked to think about ourselves worthy to be called an IT professional, how do we see ourselves 10 years from now, what are our strategies to get there?

When we think of the title "IT professional" and the span of time, 10 years from now, we may think that it is still too far away, but as fast as how the climate changes, 10 years is indeed a very short time. Even the firms in the country or even all over the world, make plans for their companies in a span of little time, because they are aware that they should surpass how time passes.

As for my plans for the next 10 years, I would first set my visions, then get through my missions and reach my goals step by step.

My vision would be: "Worthy to be called IT Professional."

Information technology (IT), as defined by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), is "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware."[1] IT deals with the use of electronic computers and computer software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit, and securely retrieve information.

Today, the term information has ballooned to encompass many aspects of computing and technology, and the term has become very recognizable. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. A few of the duties that IT professionals perform may include data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the management and administration of entire systems.

When computer and communications technologies are combined, the result is information technology, or "infotech". Information technology is a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, communicate, and/or disseminate information. Presumably, when speaking of Information Technology (IT) as a whole, it is noted that the use of computers and information are associated.

In recent days ABET and the ACM have collaborated to form accreditation and curriculum standards for degrees in Information Technology as a distinct field of study separate from both Computer Science and Information Systems. SIGITE is the ACM working group for defining these standards.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_technology


the best way, for me, to interpret an IT Professional are those people who has vast and very wide knowledge with regards to Information itself, he/she is able to manipulate information naturally. He she must have experiences with regards to the profession itself.

My mission for now is, of course, be a worthy IT professional and for me to reach that and to hold that title is to have a step by step strategies. The following are my steps on reaching my mission and even my vision:

First, I would have to earn a bachelors degree that has connection to my vision. I would have to keep my study as my priority while I'm still reaching for my diploma. I would also have to get good grades in order foe me to land a good job.

Second, I would have to land a good job that is exactly my interest and that would be able to make me even more competent as a person striving to be called an IT professional. I would need to have as many experience as I can while I'm on the go for enjoying what I have at present.
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