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8 Ways Star Wars Can Make You An IT Jedi

Follow in the footsteps of the Jedi Knights, and a technology master you shall become.
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May the Force be with you. If you're like me, you grew up with that refrain as a constant reminder of the possibilities life has to offer. You idolized Luke Skywalker (even though Han Solo was cooler and better looking) and wanted to wield the mysterious power he channeled. This week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres around the world, reminding us of those hopes and dreams, and initiating a new generation of fans. 

We all may not be able to use the Force to blow up the Death Star or whisk away our opponents' lightsabers. But we can use the concepts behind it in everyday life, however humdrum it seems. If there is one thing Yoda would endorse, it's using the resources you have to fulfill your potential and find your true path.

Nowhere is this more applicable than in professional life. Our careers can always benefit from diligence and practice, especially in a field like information technology that requires constant learning and adaptation.

So if you want to succeed in IT, following in the footsteps of the Jedi Knights makes perfect sense: Be the rare professional who tempers faith in oneself with intense study, awareness of the surrounding environment, and an ever-expanding knowledge base. We've collected career advice from several of our Network Computing contributors that would make Obi Wan proud. Those who adhere to the following principles will become Jedi Knights of the IT realm -- and are sure to fly the fastest X-wing fighter and rescue the princess.

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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ClassC,
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12/18/2015 | 6:32:59 PM
The Fearless Problem Solver Your Company and Boss Need

"...Your boss is looking for someone who can filter through all the hype, find the landmines in a proposed operation, and guide him/her through unfamiliar territory."

 

This is really great advice and really very true.   Most bosses are looking for you to do just what Amy states, if they are not then you should be worried about their motives ( which from experience are probably not well intentioned ).

Don't waste your time with this type of boss, move on.

Trust me.

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ClassC,
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12/18/2015 | 6:24:23 PM
Forums: Leverage the Experience of Others

This is a good tip and I must admit I don't leverage forums as well or as much as I should.

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ClassC,
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12/18/2015 | 6:21:00 PM
Budding Engineers: Yes. You Can !

"..Don't be intimidated; just get your mindset that you can do this. Don't let anyone tell you, 'You can't do this.'"

 

This is great advice for everyone not just women entering the field.  Most people unfortunately don't want you to succeed.  

They think they are the chosen ones and will do everything under the sun to make you believe, you are not as good, could never be.

 

That is pure rubbish, so take heart to the quote above.

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virsingh211,
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12/17/2015 | 1:10:11 AM
Re: Individuals and Firms
One good thing about SDN is, you will find SDN in almost all the future or developing list. This encourages me to keep on going, else current situation is not very good customer don't find need, manufacturers are working aggressively to promote, employees like me seems confused, on decision of spending money on training and certification or not.
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Susan Fogarty,
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12/16/2015 | 6:43:30 AM
Re: Individuals and Firms
Brian, that's a great point. Support forums are not only valuable to customers, but companies should treat them as a way to root out problems and understand user challenges and what they can improve. It's really a lens directly into the user base. Sometimes that is a missed opportunity.
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Brian.Dean,
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12/15/2015 | 8:17:48 PM
Individuals and Firms
Individuals and firms might overlook the value that is generated at their support forums. Alternatively, a firm might understand the value that its support forums holds but, entirely ignores it. For instance, Samsung knew that users were unhappy that the GS6 did not have the option of expandable memory but, Samsung did not assign the appropriate weightage to user sentiment. The end result is that GS7 will bring back the expandable memory option. 
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