Reading In between employments

Whenever i move from one employer to another, I make sure to take a few weeks off to read.
So I will have new knowledge than i can potentially be a better person at the new job.

This gives me chance to detox (from the old Job) and catch up on all the books I’ve bought but haven’t read yet.
This allows me to learn new things that i might be able to use to improve the way I work.

Don’t just buy books, buy the time to read them too.

This might be an expensive move, few weeks of unemployment.

But this means that to be able to do this, you should’ve already built healthy personal finance habits.
This basically means you should have an Emergency Fund. An Emergency fund is about 3-6 months worth of your living expenses.
Living expenses, not monthly salary.

There are many good reasons to have this which includes the ability to take weeks of rest when you resign from a job.
This also allows you to not be scared of losing your job, which means you won’t be afraid to stand up for things you know are right.

No more summer vacations

Summer vacations end the moment we leave college.
its always nice to have one every few years.
I’m not recommending you have one every year though.
But in case you do get that chance, take that time to unwind and prepare properly for a new career ahead.

Decision-Making is what pays

if you want to improve your impact at work and your salary, strive to be a decision maker.

If you are a tech-guy, and a good one at that, it means you get to decide within the team what tools to use and how to implement them.
If you are not aware of it, it is your ability to pick a road and decide is what you are being paid for, not your ability to use a tool or a language.

If you want to explore the business, managerial side (coming from a programming background) then you must be able to provide decisions
relating to “How you can improve the business using programming/automation”.

Look at CEOs and other C officials, they don’t do grunt work, they are there to think and decide about major things.
Those who get promoted, are chosen because their superiors can trust them to make smaller decisions for them.

Everyone want’s a higher salary, we should work to get there and be genuinely valuable.

How do I Improve my decision-making?

First, master your craft, you can’t make sound decisions if you are just guessing and don’t know your work by heart.

Second, learn how to gather relevant metrics for your work and your goals so you can make data-driven decisions instead of
just drafting conclusions out of thin air or gut feeling.

If I’m already a decision-maker what do I do next?

chances are you have subordinates at this point, teach them the science you use to make decisions.
So they can grow and learn how to make small decisions for you.
So you can move on and think about higher level problems and hopefully get to be making decisions on the higher levels of the organization.
By doing this, you don’t only lift yourself up but also your subordinates.

An Advice for Fresh Graduates before you take that First Job, Have an Exit Plan

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Have an Exit Plan

Don’t spend years on that same job if they don’t give you career growth in terms of skill and salary.
Let’s not be hypocrites, we all work so that we could get a life, don’t give your life to work.
Having friends and relationships in the workplace is nice, but that aint the goal, you should not stay in a dead end job just for your friends.
True friends are friends no matter where you are.

Before you take that first job, set a goal, “I want to learn as much as N so that I can perform role Y and be a sought-after subject matter expert on it, and I’d like to earn as much as $$$$$ in two years”

This is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal (from wikipedia)

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it. (you)
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Having a specific plan removes the emotional aspects that make it hard to leave the first job, combating the common fear “I might not get a new job after this”. If you focus on your goals of learning, you will definitely increase your chances of landing a better job.

Why the first job is very important

your first boss will have a lot of impact you your career,
a good one can help you build a roadmap, shows you the way and helps you gain confidence towards reaching your goals.
a bad one will tell you “you are stuck here forever” (and we dont want that)

Don’t just get a job for the sake of having one.
Choose one that fits your goals, if your goal is to learn then find companies/bosses that look for the same.

Hiring is a two way street, not only the company should like you, you should also like the company.
And by like i don’t mean just being nice, I mean your goals should match the company’s.
How would you get there? just be honest, tell them what you want to learn and grow into.
tell them were your weak points are. The good companies who support growth and development will take you in, just be honest.

Focus on your goal

don’t get stuck, don’t get blocked, allowing yourself to be blocked from your personal goals by your current job is a surefire to kill motivation and evolve to be that reactive-always-complaining employee. People fight over petty things when they don’t have better things to worry about such as a strong goal.
Don’t be one of those cancerous people in the workplace, ignore pessimists, improve your skills, focus on your goal and Move on when absolutely necessary.

When to quit strategically?
i suggest you read this

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“The Dip” by Seth Godin will teach you when to stick and when to quit.

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 any time you’re in a meeting where you’re not contributing nor adding value–you are encouraged to use your two feet and find a place where you can.


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