Quit whining about the fact that your company isn't educating you. Educate yourself!
As I write this article, I realize that this will be the final installment in MC Press Online's iApplication Designer for 2007. I can't believe that 2007 is almost history! Traditionally, the last column of a year is used for reflection. And who am I to flout tradition?
I'll soon be celebrating another birthday, one that puts me within spitting range of the half-century mark. I haven't had the fabled mid-life crises (yet), but that hasn't stopped me from having the physical manifestations that age brings: the receding hairline and expanding waistline. I have come to the stunning revelation that I now have been working in the computer field for over half of my life and I really enjoy it. I'd like to think that I'm going to be able to retire in the field. To that end, I take three simple steps: I try to eat right, I try to get enough rest and exercise, and I try to keep my skills current—all with varying degrees of success. While the first two revolve around quality-of-life issues, your skill set is what keeps you marketable. You have to keep up-to-date if you want a long, successful career.