Enhancing Skills

Best career advice

This post is dedicated to my career and how I advanced based on understanding what is important to myself and my boss(es).  How to be a leader, enabling my career advancement. 

Here is some of the best career advice received and/or given during that time:

  • What is important to your CIO, make it important for you. If your CIO does not think it is important, and you think it is, make it important to your CIO.
    • Create a work-stream to accomplish this, some type of Proof of Concept to show the value.
  • Find a leader (manager) you want to work for.
    • If you don’t respect the person you work for, you won’t work for them.
  • Collect experience (3-4 years) and then explore other opportunities.
    • This changes over time, the more experience you have, the long the tenure should be. This does not mean you should leave a good company, move around in it.
  • Take a role that you think you will fail at and make it happen.
    • I’m quite nervous every time, but it was something I wanted to learn, and it excited me.
  • We can, if we.
    • This is a good way to start a conversation with your boss or even your bosses boss.
  • You should never tell someone how to do their job, instead, tell them what you want.
    • This provided the individual/team with owning the creativity which is what they want anyway.
  • Interview annually, even if your not looking for a career change at this time.
    • Take every interview seriously, you never know what is out there, and it could surprised you to take a new path. Regardless, this give you practice, and that make it perfect.
  • Never run from a job.
    • You could be jumping from the pan into the fire.
  • Never quit a job with out a new one already accepted.
    • It can be quite hard to find new employment, you still have bills to pay.
  • Don’t manage your manager.
    • Your manager is a smart person, they are in there position because of that.
  • Don’t get your meat where you get your bread.
    • I’ll let you figure this one out.
  • You are invited to a meeting to be heard.
    • Any meeting you are invited to, whether your boss (or bosses boss) or team meeting, your invited to heard. They invited you to share information.
  • If you want to be rich, never buy a new car.
    • It took me a while to figure this one out. My first new car, it took 5 yrs to paid off. 2nd car took 6 yrs, and 3rd took 7 yrs. I always had a payment and always more expensive. Then I bought a used car, paid it off in 2.5 yrs and lower insurance.
  • Do the right thing, not everything.
    • You can’t do everything.

Let me know your thoughts or any advice you have received…


Historic Me (my notebooks)

Caution and common sense should be used…as these are my experiences, and my unique situations.  They may work for you or they may not.  You may have different results.  Please read our disclaimer.

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