Take Charge of Your Career -- You Don't Have a Choice
by Richard Stooker
A few months ago a high school student sent me an AllExperts question which boiled down to:
Which computer career pays most money and has most job security?
I was floored.
Does this 16 year old kid write term papers on a typewriter? Call her friends on an AT&T Princess phone? Twirl a hula hoop? Listen to a transistor radio?
Make most money?
Does anybody really give credence to those tables showing that in Boise ID average programmer makes $1544 more than average networker?
Who cares? Do you want to be average? Is anybody average?
The truth is, although it'd be irresponsible of me to have advised her to study COBOL, she'll make most money at whatever career she enjoys, given some reasonable demand in marketplace.
The more she works at giving her employers her best, more money she'll make.
The more she uses her skills to solve more problems for more people -- and this can and should be some activity far beyond normal employment -- more money she'll make.
Chances are, by time she graduates from college highest paying computer skill will be something nobody has yet heard of.
In long run, she'll make as much money as she sets out to make. No more and no less.
Some computer programmers are now on welfare.
Bill Gates is richest man in world.
The more you *create your own job* -- whether you're formally an employee or not -- more security you have.
In THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR, Thomas Stanley and William Danko compare "security" of employment with "insecurity" of self-employment.