Do you understand the difference between your cost and your value? Do you realize that your salary is your cost and not your value? Jidaw notes that too often we focus on our cost not our value. The hard truth is that many of us intentionally go through the learning process in IT only for what will translate to immediate benefit. But to fulfill our mission, vision must be long term.
For example, Jidaw asks: is learning only useful for immediate job openings, fat salaries, job-hopping, “get-rich-quick” schemes, quick job promotion, and similar stuff? Learning will no doubt address some immediate issues, but it is narrow-minded to think of learning only in that light. Drop the “fast food” mentality. Learning is not the same thing as instant coffee. During our career seminars I always ask: Do you see learning as an investment or a cost? What is your career vision?
It’s true but many will invest in learning only if they can clearly see immediate benefits. Unfortunately this state of mind makes us easy prey for advertising gimmicks and overblown hype. And unrealistic thinking comes into play. At Jidaw we continually caution our students – Don’t however be so driven for the immediate that you get hoodwinked by subtle market exploitation. See rapid-result-promotions in learning for what they are – costly barriers to effective learning! Instead you must bring substance and value into your decision making. Distractions that have no substance result in erroneous and detrimental choices.
Jidaw urges you to think visionary – increasing your value rather than your cost is about opening doors to growth as well as increased relevance. Invest wisely – not just for today but also for your future. Learn because you will need that knowledge, those skills in future. Learn because it will help your growth. Not because of unrealistic expectations. In our career journey and opportunity search, our ability to use IT skills to provide solutions increases our marketability. Jidaw expects you to see the connection – More opportunities, more jobs.
In seizing opportunities, jobs or business, we urge our students at Jidaw to go past the “meal ticket” mentality. Sure we all want opportunities that will provide us with comfort and the ability to meet our personal needs. However, in learning we must appreciate that the job, the opportunity, our future goals are more than our cost (salary, allowances, business fees, benefits, holidays, transport, bonuses, etc). Jidaw urges you to Grow beyond the financials.
HAVE YOUR SAY: What is your career vision like? Are you growing beyond the financials? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting