Have you recently left corporate life either by choice or the result of downsizing? Looking to start a new business or re-entering the job market? Have you developed a technology strategy to support your efforts?
The computer skills needed to set up a new business are different than those used in corporate life. If you are looking to re-enter the job market, you will most likely be asked about technology that you have not used in your personal life. Most likely, you will need to make sure your computer and other hardware is up to date. What about maintenance? Do you need to brush up on your basic computer skills?
Technology plays a major role in our lives, both personally and professionally. Take a few minutes and review where you are:
1. Do you have the right office environment? If at home, do you have a private area to work? Do you have your own computer? If space is a problem, consider a laptop. Multiple computers at home can be handled by a wireless network. Have a good all-in-one printer, scanner, fax, copier. Be sure your wireless network is secured.
2. Are you an efficient road warrior? Do you have the right tools to stay in communication and to access information while traveling. Do you have the right mobile devices (computer, cellphone, etc.)
3. Do you have someone to call if you have technical issues? If you recently left corporate life, you no longer can pick up the phone and yell “help.”
The list goes on, however what’s most important is that you have a plan which includes insuring that you have the right equipment and basic skills to support your efforts.
If you are interested in a more detailed discussion about technology and career transition, click on the first item on the right under The Net Radio Program Podcasts to listen to my radio show with commentary and an interview with a former corporate executive who has made the transition.