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Opportunity in calamity

The recession, and its impact on the job market and the professionals, believes AJAY REDDY, is only a process of filtration.

AS we set foot into the promising future year after year, the greatest challenge facing any youngster is a career that will lead him to success. It is inevitable but a lot remains to grasp, as they say "yet to be heralded in the sands of time" or better still as the Americans would say, "You ain't seen nothing yet". Career options are forever growing. Avenues are many for individuals from any field. Be it a business related employment seeker or an IT whizkid, options galore are in store.

Many talk of recession and a lack of employment but this is just the beginning of what may be described as one set of refinement, where only the best will stay at what they do and for who they are. Certainly many people have lost jobs, come back to India given no other option. But there are two sides to every coin, and that untold story is ... If you know what you do you will certainly be where you are and where your heart wishes to be, no matter what. With the advent of technology in computers, a whole set of new career opportunities has arisen.

Ranganatha, an IT professional from the United States, feels, "Only the cream will stay."

Technology today promises almost total customisation of the human interface; it has thrown in a whole new gamut of experiences in the wake of challenging technology. It has opened our doors to new opportunities and greater feats. To keep pace with this ever evolving and superceding technology, people are in the race to keep pace with knowledge and expertise.

Horizons in IT broaden by the hour in as much as technology supercedes and needs to fulfil rudimentary societal transformations. At no given point in time can one stop by and call upon as being the IT omniscient. It's an evolving process and rather exponential in its growth from one phase to the other. Much-needed knowledge in the field comes from varied sources — largely from the Internet. With promising, and luring, technology comes a whole lot more, that is, the need to adapt, an agility of mind, the ability to learn and deploy and deliver in the given time period. Being so evolved, in the field, one has to cope with change. "Change" is the one "constant" thing in this universe.

Nalini, a student, says, "Innovation and newer ideas will bring about success."

As is obvious, there definitely is a major shift in the IT field in the gold rush of C+ skills today, and one wouldn't quite grasp it if their skills of java and C++ were temperamental. In a nutshell, there are lots of opportunities. Where once people entered the field of data warehousing and SAP or Oracle and DB2 and felt immutable, a lot has come to pass there. The concept of legacy systems is hard to change overnight or even over a few years, but there is a shift in the area where people see a total integration of the system. The IT boom will stay. Newer technologies will engulf us as we move along, newer concepts of data integration transmission and receptions will prevail, and so will high level languages, making it an unceasing pathway for IT enthusiasts.

In the wake of "IT recession" (as the media portrays it), globalisation, golden handshakes and the challenge for existence of dot coms around the world, one may wonder ... is this really the way to go? This could well be up for debate for long, but listed here are what I believe and which stems from my personal opinion and conviction, let alone statistics that fill the pages on the World Wide Web. Dot coms are here to stay, for a long long time, longer than most think. What has happened today and this sudden downward trend in the market is but a process of filtration to keep the best and know the difference between the adept and the mediocre. There are still a lot of jobs out there, there is still numerous ongoing deals being made, there are plenty of deliverables to be thrown in the way to make customised solutions. In the past, too many unskilled people got into the system. You would help me answer this if you asked yourself a few questions here. Are we talking of payment over the internet and secure SSL server transactions, encryption and 128 bit locks, are we tracking airway bill numbers of a package that just got on board a cargo plane, are we talking of auto piloting when the craft reaches the cruising height, are we talking of radar transmissions and a safe take off and landing at times? Better still on earthly levels, did you recently buy movie cash through an automated phone call? Did you get auto replies from someone saying they are away on vacation for three weeks? And yet again, did you go "invisible" on ICQ when you saw your garrulous friends come online? Oops! This is not a realm, not a dream, it is happening. And this is IT — it's here to stay. There is much we can do, unified work forces, systems, databases and a global architecture to make the world even smaller. This is just a beginning.

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