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Published on: 28 Feb 2017 by zkhan

Tech Advice to Take Now

When you’re
starting out in a career field, it’s very hard to decide where to go first.
It’s hard, too, to try to decide what to do or where to go after that. Take
some advice from Ravi Raman, an Executive Coach schooled in what it takes to
get a tech job after school. He lays out some helpful tips on to help you get started successfully in your tech career.

First, Raman
says to remember that you’re in charge of your career. If you don’t believe
that and take action on it, your career is not going to go in the direction you
want. Take advantage of opportunities to network, to talk to others about where
you want to go in your career. Take on responsibilities that will teach you the
skills you need to learn; volunteer for assignments that take you out of your
comfort zone. You’re in charge of where you end up and how you get there.

Raman points out that if you’re not learning, you’re going to find yourself out
of a job. This is particularly important in tech, where skills, tools, and
techniques are obsolete nearly just about the time they hit the market. There
is always something new to learn. Create a learning plan for yourself, and then
seek out opportunities to learn them. Don’t rely on your company to give you
all the training you need. Find courses, and take them yourself.

Raman also
suggests not waiting until you decide you want to quit a job for whatever
reason to look for something new to do. Instead, keep up with and expand your
professional network. Volunteer to do work that is exciting. You’ll get your
name and work in front of people and opportunities that will seek you out
instead of you having to look for work when it’s time to pay bills.

Instead of
trying to get ahead at work by staying late and working overtime, Raman says
you should instead focus your efforts on doing high-quality work. You’ll get
more done and be able to go home on time to do the things you want and to
cultivate important relationships outside of work. You don’t have to prove to
anyone that you’re a worthy employee by staying late and by not using all your
vacation time. Take breaks at the end of the day and on holiday to get your
mind ready to come back to work focused and ready to be productive. 

Finally, Raman suggests that you develop your
interests and talents in a hobby so much that you are able to teach it to
others. This can lead to new relationships and being a more well-rounded
person, someone who doesn’t live and breathe work, which everyone around you
can agree is a good thing. You’ll have a reason to leave work on time if you
have a meeting of your hobby club to attend or a class to go to after work, as
well. Your identity won’t be wrapped up in your job alone. 

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