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A master's degree in business administration may be the most valuable asset for a computing professional eager to climb the corporate ladder, get back into the workforce faster or keep a startup chugging along. Read full article.

The computing field asks a lot of its practitioners. Its professionals must be diligent, naturally curious, good problem solvers, able to grapple with big concepts as well as minutiae and willing to think outside of conventional boundaries to develop new code, architectures and applications that will find value in business and society. Yet in today's competitive and global business environment, computing professionals must add yet another fundamental skill to the mix: the ability to lead and manage people. Read full article.

Human resources executives advised college freshmen to study engineering, computer science, or healthcare rather than marketing or law to avoid being unemployed when they finished their studies. The advice came in a survey of 150 HR executives by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Read full article.

In normal times, stagnant wages for technology workers would be viewed as bad news. But these aren't normal times.The latest Yoh Index of Technology Wages indicates that pay for tech workers was flat in the fourth quarter of last year, an improvement over the third quarter, when pay declined to levels not seen since 2006. And in the final weeks of 2008, technology wages actually started increasing, driven by gains in the healthcare and telecommunications sectors. Read full article.

The traditional computer science undergrad or grad-school experience simply isn't an option for students with little flexibility in their schedules or budgets. Instead, some turn to online universities or brick-and-mortar college Web courses to earn their degrees. Read full article.

Many computing professionals, at one time or another, consider working at a startup. There's something alluring about the prospect of teaming up with a small group of highly capable, self-driven experts who use cutting-edge technologies to pursue an idea that a traditional business might consider downright crazy. Read full article.

Computing professionals who are out-of-the-box thinkers and want to create influential roles within their companies and beyond should consider moving into business development or marketing. Read full article.

Internship programs have always given college students special opportunities to accrue on-the-job training while they're still in school. For those pursuing technical degrees in today's competitive markets, the experience can help launch or determine a future career. Read full article.

There's no question that it's harder to get a job these days. Just getting your resume into the hands of a decision-maker is a major challenge, and if you're lucky enough to pull that off, then you've got an interview and—if you're good at interviewing—a round of interviews to prepare for. Read full article.
Many computing professionals, at some point in their careers, consider establishing a consulting business. Consulting offers an opportunity to leave the traditional workplace, work independently, and become your own boss. Specialists in the computing profession are fortunate that the skills they use in their jobs often have real value in a consulting context. And in tough economic times, when employment-based jobs aren't always available or considered secure, it's nice to have the flexibility to pursue a consulting option. Read full article.

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