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InformationWeek reports on a recent study that suggests good things to come for web workers in 2007. Technologists are reporting increasing confidence in the labor market, decreased layoffs at their companies, and an increased interest on the part of employers to convert high level contract workers […]

InformationWeek reports on a recent study that suggests good things to come for web workers in 2007. Technologists are reporting increasing confidence in the labor market, decreased layoffs at their companies, and an increased interest on the part of employers to convert high level contract workers to permanent positions. That last might not be terribly important to most web workers; many of us cherish our independence from The Man, which just shows you that what’s a hot career to one person is cold to another.

With work life slowing down in December for the holidays, it’s an ideal time to step back and define what would make your 2007 career fun and rewarding. Pamela Slim of Escape from Cubicle Nation has a few ideas for easy and fun ways to figure out what’s right for you, including learning about your essential self from your taste in movies and music.

What plans do you have for a hot career in 2007? How do you figure out what’s right for you?

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  1. Sal Cangeloso Friday, December 8, 2006

    I don’t know about all of you, but the holidays are the busiest time of the year for tech. Between gift season and CES then entire span from Thanksgiving to Jan 12 nothing gets done except everyone running around throwing press releases and NDAs at one another…

    As for determining what you want to do by what movie you like, seems a bit idealistic. I have been a web worker for about three years now and I am very interested to see how well these skills I have been honing translate themselves into a corporate/office job or as my friends would say, a “real job”. Furthermore, I am concerned about how interviewers will consider this as applicable experience…

  2. So Sal, you are looking to return to the corporate world in 2007? That should be an interesting transition. Keep us up to date, we’d like to start profiling web workers as they make various career decisions/transitions. It’d be interesting to hear what sort of culture shock you suffer if you do return to a “real job.”

  3. Sal Cangeloso Friday, December 8, 2006

    Well, I am not 100% sure, but I am going to strongly consider entering the corporate world. I love so many things about being a web worker, but there are more things to consider than sleeping late and making your own schedule. I think the tradeoffs that we, as web workers, make have to be looked into, things like paying for health insurance, taking vacations, and not working at 2 in the morning. These are definitely things I would be interested to see how other people work around and probably good topics for discussion on WWD.

  4. Yes, Sal, the tradeoffs of web work versus corporate work would be a great topic for discussion. Health insurance in particular is a sticky issue. I’m going to put those onto my list of coverage areas for the future.

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