First up comes great news that the New York/New Jersey area is ahead of Silicon Valley when it comes to boasting the most job for IT workers.
The bad news is that despite that rosy employment picture, more than a few tech workers believe that they don't have the necessary business skills to keep advancing in their careers.
According to an InformationWeek article, a new report indicates that about one third of IT professionals believe their weakest career skill to be budget management—or lack thereof. And about another third are worried about having a lack of business savvy.
This dilemma prompts me to ask TechCareers readers whether or not their own professional concerns mesh with this new report.
As I've indicated before, not every report or pundit seems to be on target. Given the constant push to boost business skills in the past few years, I have to believe that more tech professionals than ever are hitting the business books and spending time with colleagues to expand their knowledge every day.
What would prove incredibly valuable would be to hear just how all of you are all approaching this career task. Are you taking business courses? Are you spending lunchtimes with the financial leaders of your company discussing the role IT plays in the business? Are you attending conferences or taking online business courses? Tell me how you're working to boost your business skills and what advice you have for colleagues looking to do the same. I'll share your feedback and insight in the next newsletter.