After many years in IT industry I have personally experienced and learned from other’s experience that; it’s up to us that how someone can make us feel about our self. In my long tenure in IT industry there is not a situation I have not been through. Today, I thought of providing some insight and share some common issues and counter approaches to those.
Be informed that I didn’t mean to target any person or group or a title or role in IT industry. All the points below are my personal experiences and what I keep hearing from my connections in various continents across the globe.
I hope you will be able to read between the lines and apply some of the suggestions and work on building a better career.
My wish for you
I do wish all the success and happiness to all of you, and I really do. I also wish that you have a great future and career path.
Learning from Past
Resolution for New Year 2016
|1||Don’t sit late in office. When you did that; you encouraged wrong expectations. However, there are always exceptions.||Reach office on time and leave office on time. This will allow you to spend time on yourself or with family. Be aware that sometimes production issues etc. may push you to start early and finish late.|
|2||Don’t be afraid of losing job and live with this fear year after year.||Always remember that even managers are frightened that a good resource can leave their project.|
|3||If you finish something early and faster, then be ready to expect more work load soon after that.||Not many people appreciate your productivity and knowledge of subject. If you know that something will take time, then give it that much time, don’t try to be HERO. Sometimes, it’s OK though. See the situation but everyday can’t be same and don’t make it practice.|
|4||Many people in industry don’t consider developers as human.||You will be given unrealistic timelines and work after work, so LEARN to PUSH BACK.|
|5||You think you will be rewarded for all the hard-work, but got nothing at the end.||Find a balance, if you have not got any credit or someone took your credit then speak up or don’t repeat the same mistake(s) again.|
|6||People take advantage of great resources and think they are fool.||Don’t encourage bossy behavior in team from anyone. Be nice & polite but stay strong at the same time.|
|7||Said YES, when actually wanted to say NO.||Listen, plan and then act accordingly. Even if you have to say Yes then negotiate with your superiors. E.g., if you work late on this then how will you be compensated etc.?|
|8||Worked on un-realistic deadline and gained nothing.||When you work hard, company is benefited but many times you were in loss. Go above and beyond only to certain limits.|
|9||All your work’s credit was either stolen or given to others.||Make sure that your work is properly recognized and appreciated. Don’t allow anyone, I mean anyone to steal the credit of your GREAT work and white label that with their name.|
|10||No proactive thinking and planning towards career.||Come out of this job mindset and think more in terms of career.|
|11||Learned nothing or very little||Learn the technology of your focus area, this year buy more books and read at-least 50% of each book(s) you have got.|
|12||Didn’t focus on your weaknesses||If you know what you are weak at then work on those this year. Little progress on daily basis will reap great results.|
|13||Didn’t update your resume||Review your resume every quarter. Make enhancements as soon as you can and upload it to the Job sites.|
|14||No Link with LinkedIn||Well, many HRs in companies are relying on LinkedIn. So make sure you have presence there and connected with likeminded people.|
|15||Had no time after job||I would agree that you must have been busy with office work like anything. I suggest don’t manage time, instead manage your focus this year.Shift your Focus from Job to Career, every day when you go to work, seek for what is there which will help you build career.|
|16||Everything is good and you are comfortable||Remember, enemy of the best is not worst, it’s good. So if you think you are doing well & comfortable then you are at wrong place, and this comfort zone is a sweet poison. So seek knowledge, challenges and growth in career.|
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Based on above points, I trust that all of the points may or may not be applicable to everyone and it would rather be case to case basis; and upon self-realization of an individual. Hence, I do suggest that use this information as a tool and seek if you can get benefited. It’s very important that you read between the lines and get the right context from each suggestion I have provided.