How to Navigate 2022 IT Turbulent Time - Weathering New Challenges
How to navigate the storm and increase your value and hireability in the IT market, keeping your skills sharp, and learning new technologies and languages.
10th November, 2022
Hello Ansible Pilot Community, This article is a bit different from the usual one because we are all living in some turbulent times, and I would like to share with you some personal thoughts and maybe relate to you. Just for reference, this article was written on November 10th, 2022 and I would like to empathize with IT engineers navigating an uncertain Market. I could understand because also my personal life was a bit of chaos. I made many changes, so I have learned some lessons on this topic. What’s the matter today is some recent layoffs from significant players like Stripe, Lyft, and other IT tech companies. Today is the news of a looming layoff in Meta and Twitter. Also, the news reports these days for companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple, a slowing down the hiring process or a hiring freeze season. I think that all of us should have a framework for how to navigate this uncertain market time. I’m deep inside of me an optimist. Because the world survived many wars, the incredible Codiv pandemic and several the financial crisis (the latest in 2008), and many, many events such as the oil crisis of the 70s. We are facing an important period because the economy is probably slowing down; we don’t know if there is a recession, not I’m not an economist, but I see many different signs affecting every business. Every employee like us, IT Engineers, working in technology are part of every business. Some of us need to provide for a family, and we need to access the security of our job. So you need to verify by yourself:
- the company’s financial standing
- you’re working on some critical project
- have a good grade in your latest performance review
This is my best advice all the time. I’m thinking about what Garry Tan, President of YCombinator shared about the best career advice:
At every job, you should either learn or earn. Either is fine. Both is best. But if it’s neither, quit.
This was shared on April 1st, 2022, and it wasn’t a joke. So all the time, you need to evaluate your opportunity cost.
How to weather the storm?
We don’t know if we’re in the middle of a storm. We don’t have data on how long and what the outcome will be. We need to focus matters on our hands and keep our skills sharp. The only best advice is to learn new technologies and languages every time. In this channel, we are talking about Ansible Automation Technology. This skill could be incredibly useful even in a company with some layoffs. When there are fewer people in the company, you need to keep on track with the same amount of workflow. Automation is the best way of maintaining a lot of infrastructures, a lot of servers, and a lot of different services with fewer people. So keep learning new technology and update your resume. And also have a lot of fun because usually, some projects that start like a side project or some funny project grow up and become like the next big things. So deep inside of me, I’m still an optimist, and I’m sure that we will be over this turbulent time. I would like to relate with you, and I know that probably on this channel somebody that is affected by the storm, so please keep going.
Guys, upscale yourself and stay in the IT market because this is the most important thing that we can do. Thank you for reading let’s automate more with ansible, and have a great day!Subscribe to the YouTube channel, Medium, Website, Twitter, and Substack to not miss the next episode of the Ansible Pilot.
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