Career

Expert advice on career planning and success

Surviving and thriving as a young professional in a 40-something world

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Most graduates get a bit of a shock when they walk into the office for the first time. Your place in the hierarchy and way of relating and communicating to people fundamentally changes, as does the criteria and attributes required to be successful. I was lucky enough to have an extremely senior, supportive direct manager […]

The personality traits that keep you sane in the digital economy

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If I had to choose one key trait that both enterprises and people need to thrive (or even survive) in the digital economy, it would be adaptability. The ability to handle whatever comes your way, the ability to change when and as fast as necessary, the ability to constantly evolve. Adaptability spawns agility and creates […]

The relationship-powered enterprise

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In a workplace increasingly filled with intelligent machines, strong interpersonal relationships between actual humans will be critical to an enterprise’s success. That’s according to an organization called the Business Relationship Management Institute (BRMI), which recently unveiled a theory it calls “Relationshipism.” I think the folks at BRMI maybe could have brainstormed a bit longer before […]

6 tech jobs of the future

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This time of year always is good for a “best tech jobs of the upcoming year” post — especially if you can work the magic link-clicking words “six-figure” into the headline! For this post, however, we’re looking beyond 2020. What are some of the tech jobs of the future that don’t yet exist? It’s not […]

How to define yourself in the workplace of the future

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I almost switched the headline above from “how to define yourself” to “how to brand yourself,” but I don’t think it’s healthy to people to view themselves as a product — because in the age of automation and artificial intelligence (AI), it is our humanity that gives us value. That’s the point made by Aaron […]

Cybersecurity jobs are getting more complicated (and harder to fill)

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Ever since networks began connecting enterprise computer systems, organizations have needed workers who understood cybersecurity. Indeed, people with network and systems security expertise usually have been well-paid and in high demand. As far as technology career paths go, security is one of the best. But as with any technology-related position in the digital era, change […]

Failure pays, but only if you learn and grow from it

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Failure inherently is a negative word. But as entrepreneurs, scientists, and inventors around the world and throughout time know, failure has its benefits. For starters, the fact that you’re actively failing at least is an indicator that you’re trying. Don’t give up! Second, failure can get you one step closer to success. That’s a principle […]

Not just great tech jobs, but great tech careers

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There are a lot of good, high-paying technology jobs out there, and the number continues to grow — even as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and automation are taking over an increasing number of workplace responsibilities previously handled exclusively by humans. But jobs come and go. More important is that people are able to […]

Where are high-paying tech jobs located?

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While Silicon Valley has been (and will continue to be) a mecca for technology talent, not every ambitious tech pro wants to see their exorbitant salary eaten up by even more exorbitant housing costs. Granted, Boston and New York — two other tech-talent magnets — aren’t much better in terms of affordable living. But plenty […]

An action plan for upskilling your workforce

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I’ve written a few times in the Workplace of the Future blog about the importance to enterprises of investing in upskilling their employees. Helping your current workers gain new skills is a great way to bridge the talent  gap that makes it so hard for digital transformation efforts to take off. But upskilling requires a […]