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Employees not anxious to find new IT career options

Source:  TechTarget

While some people have been awaiting for an uptick in the economy so they can pursue IT career options elsewhere, that kind of move doesn't appear to be at the top of the to-do list for most professionals.

The majority, 65%, of respondents indicated they are either satisfied with their current job and company, or are open to new IT career options without actively seeking a new position elsewhere. On the other hand, 28% indicated they are actively pursuing new opportunities or in the early stages of making a move.

While some people plan to make their next big career step in a new organization, others indicated their current company may be the best place to make their aspirations come true. Within the next three to five years, 20% of respondents said they hope to move up within their current company and 17% indicated an interest in moving higher in their IT organization. Of those looking to be a mover and shaker elsewhere, 17% want to make waves at a larger company while 6% think a smaller place will allow them to shine. Furthermore, 7% are done investigating IT career options and want to transition into a business position.

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Where do you hope to be career-wise in five years?
In then next 5 I hope to be in a more active role as a web designer and possibly 3d-modeling / game developer. Have been in the IT field as an RPG programmer since the early 1980's.
Todd, game development definitely sounds like a fun avenue to put creative energy to use!
As the last twenty years have shown me, software testing seems to like me, and seems to seek me out, and I'm going to guess five years from now, it will continue to do so ;).

Having said that, I hope to also be significantly involved in writing, and hope to have published actual books with my name on them (I can claim to have already have done this, to an extent; the anthology book "How to Decrease the Cost of Software Testing" has a chapter written by yours truly :) ).
Sounds exciting, Michael. Good luck with the book venture!
As a consultant/contractor I have higher factor of unpredictability so I see myself there where business opportunities will be in 5 years.

But I also reached the point when I have something to give back to the community. So I'm running a professional testing meetup, helping new grads, career change folks, and doing craftsmanship workshops.
Smarter. Faster. Better. I've reached a point where I'm looking for places I've never been. Robotics keeps pulling at me, but so does wearables. Ah, yes, you say, but WHAT? That's the hard part, isn't it...? I keep looking.
Interesting that in the years since I wrote my original reply, there have been changes in my reality that have brought me into areas I didn't consider last year, specifically in the areas of release management and deployment. Additionally new technologies like Docker and how they can bundle up services and deploy them have also piqued my interest, along with a renewed focus on accessibility and inclusive design, which was there as a task last year, but has become more of a mission and an avocation in addition to being part of my job.
It's been a year since my last post. I'm closer but still have a ways to go. The main reason is it tough to stay on track. Real life issues as well as work keep you from reaching some goals you set for yourself. They are still there you just have to stretch further to reach them.
One of the telling things that I see in the statistics is that people are open to opportunities but are not actively looking. That statement can mean a lot of things. What I have personally found interesting the past few years is that I have not had to look very hard for new positions; they have often been presented to me and I thought "hmmm, that looks interesting". Seth Godin talks about "Living Without a Resume" in his book "Linchpin", and in that section he describes a lot of methods people can use to broadcast their value and their ability to contribute well beyond their paper resume or LinkedIn profile. Having a professional blog, or participating in writing articles or speaking in presentations or podcasts all help to get one's "bonifides" out in the open. Those are conversation starters, or at least they have certainly been so for me to date :). It's been stated that the best way to negotiate is to have interested people come to you. It seems this could be what many of the "interested but not looking" respondents are doing :).
Ah yes, Michael, the power of being good at your job and working in a specialized industry. I have many friends who work in an office and say they'd be lost without help from IT!