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Get Out of Your Lane

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In the tech industry, we often think our jobs have narrowly defined skillsets. We believe that staying in our lanes, gaining more years of experience, and learning new technical skills yields automatic career growth. This is a mistake! For continual career growth, we must also venture into the worlds of business and communication. This talk will explain why these worlds matter to your career. You’ll discover how to gain and apply this knowledge at work even if it’s not part of your job. You’ll also learn how leveraging the tech community enhances your business and communication skills alongside your technical skills. This session will leave you challenged to go beyond your job description and drive your career forward.

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Get Out of Your Lane

  1. 1. Get Out of Your Lane Cassandra Faris @cassandrafaris
  3. 3. Job Descriptions: Why We Need Them • Outline main duties for applicants • Basis for hiring decisions • Help ensure objective interviews • Communicate employee expectations • Factor in promotion decisions
  4. 4. Job Descriptions: Why They Need Work • Description writer doesn’t understand job • Too much legal-eze • Too little relevant detail • Doesn’t present a full picture of the job • May limit your career growth
  5. 5. Going beyond your job description is key to career success
  6. 6. What We Think We Should Do Follow a pre-set career path Learn the latest tech or methodology Get more years of experience
  7. 7. What We Should Also Do Understand your business Figure out what you want to do next Learn communication skills Mentor & teach others Get out of your comfort zone
  8. 8. Why leave your comfort zone? • Tech changes all the time • People skills don’t go out of date • Well-rounded skillsets lead to greater success • Learning new skills helps you transition to new roles • Security in case of layoff, relocation, or other challenges
  9. 9. Past career experiences teach us where to grow
  10. 10. Get Out of Your Lane Step 1: Career Path Reflection What do you like best at work? What do you like least at work? What skills transferred between jobs?
  11. 11. Get Out of Your Lane Step 2: Identify Priorities & Values What are your values? What are your priorities? When do you feel most fulfilled?
  12. 12. Get Out of Your Lane Step 3: Identify Your Goals What do you want to learn? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What is your dream job?
  13. 13. Get Out of Your Lane: Identify Internal Opportunities Communicate goals to your manager Be proactive Identify relevant training Ask forgiveness, not permission* *Use sparingly and with care
  14. 14. Communication with your manager is the key to internal career growth
  15. 15. Get Out of Your Lane: Identify External Opportunities Learn professional skills Talk to people in your desired role Find a mentor Build a network
  16. 16. Get Out of Your Lane Protip #1: Learn Stuff
  17. 17. Get Out of Your Lane Protip #2: Meet People
  18. 18. How do you know you’re succeeding? • Practical considerations • Feedback from others • Treatment by others • Are you happy!?
  19. 19. Thank you! @cassandrafaris