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How can a Domino consultant move ahead?

I am working as a Lotus Notes/Domino consultant, and for the time being, I am enjoying my job. My interest is to stick to the technology side (I'm not really into project management or sales, but I do these every now and then) and move up in my career (of course, with increases in my pay package). What should I do from now on, and what should I aim for the next few years?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
You should probably do two things. First, looking at the job market, you should get a sense of how many opportunities are out there for Lotus/Domino specialists and whether those opportunities are increasing, decreasing or staying flat over time. I'd urge you to find a niche within the active Lotus/Domino market (software or content development and system administration are the most likely job roles that pop into mind for me) and start doing what you can to develop the knowledge and skills to do the job of your choice as well as possible.

That's where the second thing you should do comes into play: Check out the Lotus-related certifications (including the brand new Lotus Workplace program, which just started up in August) available through the Lotus certification programs. If you see something in there you like, it might be worth chasing one or more of these credentials down. In fact, it might also be worth taking some classes, too, if you can afford them or get your employer to help pay for them; they'll give you opportunities to network with your peers and colleagues. I can't think of a better way to network your way into your next job if you don't have enough opportunities for growth and development in your current one.

HTH, and good luck with your career development planning and activities.

This was first published in September 2004

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