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Keep on networking if you want to keep on working

Geoff Crisp, regional account manager, DCLG Planning Portal

Gordon Eve-Tatham’s work experiences are very similar to mine (Opinion, Computer Weekly, 14 November).

Like him I started in the computer industry in 1964, but I chose not to stay with any one company for any length of time, preferring to move around to gain wider experience and further my career. While this has undoubtedly had an impact on my pensions, it has nevertheless assured that I am still employable after 42 years.

To remain employable you have to look after number one, keep your knowledge current, monitor industry trends, keep networking with your contacts and be adaptable, with transferable skills.

Like Eve-Tatham I changed roles later in my career, moving from a field engineering/managerial background to IT services sales. It was a transition I have never regretted and it assured my future earnings potential.

I agree with what Eve-Tatham said about the quality of help you get at the Jobcentre. The staff there do not really understand the many computer industry roles. 

However, I don’t agree with Eve-Tatham’s comments about finding work outside the industry. I have found a very satisfying role on a government contract, rolling out online planning applications to architects and local authorities. The role uses many of my past skills and has also enabled me to develop new ones.

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Why isn’t passport system ready for take-off?

Ben Toth, Health Perspectives

With regard to your story on Passport Office IT delays (Computer Weekly, 14 November), I helped my daughter complete an application for a passport recently. The paper form took a few minutes because I wasn’t familiar with it, but overall it was straightforward. I presume it gets keyed into a reasonably functional database on receipt at the Passport Office.

So why is a relatively straightforward web-based application several years overdue and why should it cost tens of millions of pounds?

This non-green mail is making me see red

Andrew Turner, information infrastructure manager,NHS Dumfries and Galloway

I follow your articles on green IT with interest and wonder if it is worth having a non-green award for companies that appear to be totally disregarding the need to conserve the planet’s resources.

My nomination this month would be whoever is sending out the mailer consisting of a large blue box, complete with plastic “kit” of parts, entitled ONE Portfolio. No other identifying marks are visible apart from the promise that “In the next few days, we’ll show you how it works”. What a complete and shameful waste of resources and advertising budget.

Did I notice it? Yes. Would I buy from the company? No!

Have you had anti-green experiences?

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It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it

William Old

“Unfortunately, the media generally seems to employ people who do not understand the meaning of many English words” (John Foggitt, Letters, Computer Weekly, 7 November).

Fortunately, the media generally SEEM to employ people who DO understand that media is the plural form of medium, even when used as a popular collective term for newspapers, television, and other channels for broadcasting and information provision.

The words “petard” and “hoist by own” spring to mind.

Why real-time reporting won’t happen overnight

James Fisher, Cartesis

The big four accountancy firms (PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young) are right to set out a new vision for business reporting (Computer Weekly, 14 November) but this is a colossal task.

The industry has to first define a framework of best practice measures that will allow companies to prepare for the delivery of real-time reporting in a sustainable way.

Many firms still need to make significant changes to improve performance management processes and identify key value drivers internally, let alone externally. But by embracing best practice throughout the business, companies will create an environment for broader change in a way they can manage and sustain.

The accounting firms shouldn’t expect financial models to change overnight – it’s going to take several more steps before the vision becomes reality.

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