What are the best strategies for a laid-off middle-manager to get a job if they have a technical background which has gone rusty?

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The question is really very simple. "What are the best strategies for a laid-off middle manager to get a job if they have a technical background which has gone rusty?"

This a little bit that's unclear about the question, but on their work with one definition of it. The definition, I'm going to work with this 1 that says, "I work in IT, I'm not really technical any longer, I'm not in the Bay area them somewhere the United States. My skills are rusty from a technical standpoint. 1 of the best things I can do?"

The technology standpoint, it's not like to be asked to be a programmer so you want to update your technical skills up to a point. However, if your goal is to become a coder and earn less money than what you do is manager, then, by all means, deep dive in there can be extraordinarily technical. Take classes, work hard and being a technologist and that will be the kind of salary that you earn.

Another approach is to go whole hog into the management side and lightly update your technical skills to make sure that they are not so obsolete so that if you are ask questions from technology standpoint you are going to be blown out of the water.

Ultimately, I want to be clear, the question for you is what you want to be doing? What kind of role do you want to be in? If the role is to be a technologist, you have to get your skills up to date. If the role is to manage technologists, you want to make sure that their current and sufficient enough so that if your staff has an issue you can help them but not so deep that you are want of coding aggressively.

Environments the code aggressively, they tend to be smaller, generally more poorly funded (there are exceptions to that), but if you're living most of America, they are not really essential.

At the end of the day, you will be better off diving and harder into technology project and program management and getting those certifications, rather than getting a C# certification. You're better of demonstrating management attributes and that you manage technologists and that you deliver projects on time and within budget and Formalize training that in going in the other direction.

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