Developing your career is not about the here and now. So what is the purpose of our career development efforts? We need to look beyond the obvious and immediate and grow beyond our cost. What makes us marketable is our value not what is spent on us, or the money we pay for that training program.
The real goal is not to learning technology for a job; it’s to learn how to apply technology to solve problems, to create, to provide solutions, to understand concepts, to improve your interpersonal skills, to enhance your career growth. The real goal is to build capacity.
Knowledgeable employees may receive fat pay packets but if they contribute little to the bottom line, they are living on borrowed time. Be forward looking and don’t be locked into the here and now. Sure you are an exceptional network engineer. Your top notch certifications confirm your expertise. Global recognition is great but what is the value of your contribution? The certification is international validation of your technical support ability. But are you adding value, adding activity or adding baggage?
It is always your responsibility to drive your cost down and your value up. Is having a great paying job enough? What are you contributing? Have you got your priorities right? Or are you still stuck in the traffic jam of “show-me-the-fat-salary”? Know your cost and know your value. Focusing only on what comes to you, rather than how you grow can be a prison. The wrong focus can stop us from achieving our career goals. Is the high paying position one of strength or one of show? Always see past the cost and pursue value.
The real value of knowledge is its ability to grow you and your career – to grow you as a person and as an IT professional. The main issue is building capacity, self development, to improve our competitiveness; the real goal is to grow our ability to thrive despite challenges and stumbling blocks. It cannot simply be about today’s benefits in your job description.
HAVE YOUR SAY: How important is capacity building to you? How will you enhance your value? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting