We’re at the end of this chapter and the end of this book, but it’s not the end of your reading. Beyond the idea of staying hirable is the larger subject of career management. I suggest you follow up this book with Chad Fowler’s excellent The Passionate Programmer [Fow09]. Reading the first edition of that book was one of my inspirations for writing this one.
I hope that you’ll see your career as a geek-for-hire as one that always has one more cool program to create, one more feat of network wizardry, or one more excellent hack to pull off. As technical professionals, we are blessed to have the skills to be well paid for jobs that we love. Not just like, but love. Please don’t settle for anything less.