The growing market for online education promises new job opportunities for information technology pros, especially instructional designers, as more universities and businesses embrace technology as a learning tool. IT workers who are interested in the field should seek training opportunities according to their skill level and consider how past credentials and experience can apply to e-learning companies.
Don't use your emotions to evaluate your boss, but instead consider whether he or she is supporting what you want to do in your career and your job, Scot Herrick writes. A performance review of your manager should include whether you get consistent, ongoing feedback and whether roadblocks are cleared so you can do your job, he writes.
To make sure your internship continues to pay off even after you leave, get contact information before your last day from your co-workers, boss or anyone else you met, Samuel Talbott writes. Stay in e-mail contact with them and build connections through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, he writes.
Making small talk at the office holiday party can lead to important connections for your career. When meeting someone, talk about the weather, sports or children and stay away from conversation killers such as medical conditions, advises Connie Dieken. Don't dominate anyone's time, and use a gracious exit line such as "I'll let you go now so you can continue circulating."
"The best interviews are really conversations," writes Chad Broadus, who shares his list of questions that job candidates should ask employers when they are interviewed. "You want to know if the position is the right fit -- just as much as the company does," Broadus writes.