Is Your Career with Lotus Notes Safe? (Part 2) (from Mr. Greyhawk)
From Intranet Journal: Is Your Career with Lotus Notes Safe? (Part 2)
As always, John Roling nails the truth in his latest article:
In the Notes and Domino world I've seen a lot of specialization over the years. Many people are just Notes developers, or just Domino administrators. These people tend to be experts in that one aspect of Notes while eschewing most other talents. Nowadays, that is a huge liability as many companies are looking to get more out of their employees for less.
This means that you need to learn more things BEFORE your company asks it of you. If you are developer in Notes, you should really learn AJAX web development, Java and up-and-coming technologies like Adobe Flex.
Granted, you may not need it now, but what happens if you are let go? Only knowing Domino will really limit the amount of jobs you are qualified for.
I know it's hard to find time to learn new skills, but if you don't you WILL pay for it later. Turn off the TV, step away from Facebook and start playing around with other technologies. Learn as much as possible, and it will help you immensely in any job hunts you may have to endure.
This is so right on so many levels...
You could pretty much apply paragraph #1 to my previous 13 years. Good in Notes/Domino, eschewing many other talents. I'm fortunate in that I've been given the opportunity to learn new stuff *without* having to switch jobs or get laid off, and I really need to make the most of that opportunity. Yeah, I've had to rethink many of my prior stances, and I've had to say (on more than one occasion) that I wasn't fully informed on the entire technology picture. Basically, Microsoft doesn't suck as much as I thought, and Notes/Domino isn't as perfect as I always felt it was. Ultimately it comes down to "are you delivering value to the companies and customers you work with."
That's why I can't tell you who is on American Idol, I don't know where Survivor is being filmed this year, and Dancing with the Stars is a complete mystery to me. Ok, I *do* know that NCIS's Ziva David is played by Cote de Pablo... Cut me some slack. :) But the drive to learn *is* why I have piles of books around my basement, and why I tolerate my obsession with reading.
Great article, John...