Sometimes it makes sense to change directions in your career to stay relevant or improve your market value.
The best time to do this is when a new tool or technology is just catching on. The simple reason that this is possible is that the technology has not been around long enough for anyone to have significant experience and therefore a company cannot expect to find candidates with a shipped product under their belt, let alone 5 years of experience.
For example, an embedded control software engineer could learn the android platform and transition into the growing field of mobile applications. Or, an enterprise software developer can learn Ruby on Rails and greatly increase the amount of opportunities available.
To successfully pull off this type of change, you need to be able to spot what trends and technology will be the next wave.
An upcoming event on June 25th will help you spot those trends. What's Next in Tech, organized by Scot Kirsner will be held Thursday, June 25th at Boston University's School of Management auditorium, from 6 PM to 8:30.
What's Next in Tech will feature networking among people who really care about this question -- perhaps they're in the process of starting a new venture, or simply looking for their next career move. Plus, there will be speakers who've really helped spark the creation of new clusters here recently... people like Helen Greiner (a founder of iRobot, and now The Droid Works), Mike Dornbrook (COO of Harmonix Music Systems, the creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band), Ellen Rubin (founder of cloud computing start-up CloudSwitch), and Brian Halligan (CEO of social media leaders HubSpot). We're also including some forward-thinking investors like Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital and John Simon from General Catalyst.
Registration is limited. It is shaping up to be an interesting event.