Even so, he recalls "the handwriting was already on the wall" when he graduated in 2005 -- tech companies were outsourcing and offshoring. "I didn't want to get caught up in that. I said, 'What can I do to differentiate myself?' " says Rolader, who's now 30.
He decided to pursue an MBA, graduating in May of 2009. "It was a great experience. I learned about business on a whole different level, and the hiring managers seem to like that combination. I'm a generalist -- I'm tech-savvy, but I have the knowledge on the business side too," he says.
Now, however, Rolader worries that his tech skills aren't completely up to date, so he's pursuing PMP and VMware VCP5 certifications. "I hope that will help keep me relevant," he says, while acknowledging that he'll probably never be done pivoting between refreshes of his business and tech skills.
"Looking way into the future, I don't know that it's going to end," he muses. "It may calm down for a few years, but then some other disruptive technology will come along. You just always have to keep changing."
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