Tech careers: 3 ways to catch the wave

Beth Stackpole

Bring passion to the project

Joseph Moreau has been vice chancellor and CTO for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in California since last June. He wasn't looking for a new opportunity before he took the job, but he says the change has proved rewarding nonetheless.

Moreau, who spent five years as CTO of the State University of New York at Oswego, says he became open to the overture from Foothill-De Anza after realizing that his leadership style and overall sensibilities were most closely aligned with the mission of a community college.

In his new post, Moreau says he plans to play a leadership role in making higher education more affordable and valuable for students, leveraging technologies like virtualization and mobile and developing new online learning capabilities and new modes of student-teacher collaboration. He says the district's location in the heart of Silicon Valley gives him access to CIOs from many industries and provides him with the opportunity to establish partnerships with nearby high-tech giants like Apple and Cisco.

Having a passion for your employer's mission is the root of job satisfaction, Moreau maintains. "The satisfaction I derive from work is about the opportunity for creativity and experimentation and working in a climate that is very receptive to that," he says. "That, more than anything else, will help you navigate the rough spots in the IT world."

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