My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job

My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job

by Chad Fowler
     
 

You've already lost your job. You may still be drawing a paycheck, but the job you were hired to do no longer exists. Your company has changed, the technology has changed, the economy has changed, and the ways you can add value have changed. Have you adapted to these changes? Or are you at risk?

Architect your career

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Overview

You've already lost your job. You may still be drawing a paycheck, but the job you were hired to do no longer exists. Your company has changed, the technology has changed, the economy has changed, and the ways you can add value have changed. Have you adapted to these changes? Or are you at risk?

Architect your career

Economic downturn. Job cuts. Outsourcing. The ever-changing tech landscape. The threats abound. Chad Fowler is here to offer 52 ways to keep your job, despite the vagaries of the market.

  • It's all about making the right choices. Choosing which technologies to focus on and which business domains to master have at least as much impact on your success as your technical knowledge—don't let those choices be accidental. Chad shows you all aspects of the decision-making process so you can ensure that you're investing your time and energy in the right areas.
  • It's all about skills. You'll develop a structured plan for keeping your skills up-to-date so that you can compete with both the growing stable of developers in so-called low-cost countries as well as your higher-priced local peers. You'll learn how to shift your skillset up the value chain, from an offshore-ready commodity to one in high demand.
  • It's all about marketing. As with any product or service, if nobody knows what you're selling, nobody will buy. Chad shows you how to create a plan for marketing yourself both inside your company and to the industry in general.
Like it or not, the IT career landscape has changed. This handbook will teach you what you need to do to avoid being left behind.

About the authorChad Fowler has been a software developer and manager for some of the world's largest corporations. He recently lived and worked in India, setting up and leading an offshore software development center for a large multinational company.

Editorial Reviews

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Offshoring isn’t going away. The question is: Can you adapt to the new reality? If you’re passionate about software and smart about business, says Chad Fowler, you can still thrive. Now Fowler’s written a complete road map to success in today’s new, tougher IT industry.

You need to attack your career the way companies think about designing, manufacturing, and selling products, says Fowler. You’ll learn how to choose your markets and invest in your product (all the skills you’ll need to be marketable, not just coding). You’ll discover how to execute on your plan and deliver the right things, without running yourself ragged. You’ll learn how to market yourself, without “sucking up.” Fowler even offers great tips for keeping obsolescence away. If you’re worried about your IT future, this will be the best book you read this year. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976694014
Publisher:
Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Series:
Pragmatic Programmers Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.

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