At this time of year, we often take a moment or two to reflect on the year gone by and make some … umm …”plans” for what we want to achieve in the year ahead. So, when considering your career, whatever you do, do NOT to “resolve” to do anything. Face it: resolutions are generally abandoned within the month. Instead, take some time to read the landscape. Reassess your interests. See if your long-term goals are achievable from the path you’re currently on. Sketch out a plan for your immediate future, with “next steps” that you can take today.
Even if your first action is small, it’s important to get started — get some momentum that you can develop and grow. It’s no secret that Networking and Security are in demand. But don't forget to look at the rest of the field for the disciplines that are most attractive to you. Whatever you opt to do, identifying the right training and certification program is key. Strike while the iron is hot and get started as early as possible. Just don’t make any promises to yourself you can’t or won’t keep.