What's the best way to advance your career?

BetaServe

Professional
Let's say, to 40+ folks, if you can go back in time, how would you change your strategy for finding a job or what would you differently to advance your career in a much faster rate?
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
I am afraid that successful career strategies used 20/30 years ago may not be as effective in these days.
I find it more complicated now.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
I am afraid that successful career strategies used 20/30 years ago may not be as effective in these days.
I find it more complicated now.
Gene manipulation
Inc my IQ by 100 points
Inc my athletic ability and coordination to max
Inc my strength to insanity

This could happen in 75 yrs
Change the genes that give me anti- social behavior
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Let's say, to 40+ folks, if you can go back in time, how would you change your strategy for finding a job or what would you differently to advance your career in a much faster rate?
Public speaking, get very good at. Most important skill you can have.


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Legend of Borg

G.O.A.T.
i would like to go back in time and be born with more social genes

i generally cant stomach the general public/average joe so that definitely doesnt help
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I am afraid that successful career strategies used 20/30 years ago may not be as effective in these days.
I find it more complicated now.
Exactly, for those of us over 40, you're talking about a totally different world when we entered our careers. No Internet and no social media made for a different workplace entirely.

If I had to offer any advice for young peole entering the workplace is: don't burn your bridges when you leave a job and remember (and use) people's first names. Be polite and don't gossip.
 


But honestly I find it hard to move forward at times, as I can't let things go unsaid. That is my problem, if I have an issue (even if it was the head guys decision) I usually say something... unfortunately.
 

FRV2

Professional
I am not one who you are asking this question to, but what do you mean about moving your career up? You are in CS right? Do you mean going from coder to project manager and what not? You know, you will make a good chunk of change as a computer programmer, and you could invest that money wisely to become financially independent rather than just climbing the ladder. But from what I've read, being a programmer can be very stressful so I guess the jump up to project manager is a good one to make. Another rambling post from me.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
As a young employer, becoming an independent contractor is a great idea. You’re technically your own boss, you can set your own work hours, and you won’t be stuck in endless mediocrity while working for the corporate machine. In this case, the company is your client who needs your “skills” to help them fulfill certain tasks and projects, hence making you a “valuable source.” Hence, you’ll end up making more $$$ than the majority of full time employees.

IMO, the most valuable skills to learn are:
- communication
- being adaptable to new environments and always be willing to try new things (when you’re young you have nothing to lose)
- network, network, and....more network
- don’t be afraid to ask questions
- be innovative, creative, and think outside the box
- obtain leadership skills
 
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mmk

Hall of Fame
As someone about to retire, who has never played any games to get ahead, this is what I've observed (but not done):
1 - Promote yourself, tell your bosses how wonderful you are
2 - Praise your bosses, tell them how wonderful they are even if they are total morons
3 - Take credit for anything good those under you have done
4 - Disavow anything you or those under you have done that didn't turn out well, and hide any evidence that you had championed it

Maybe a bit cynical, but after 40+ years these seem like fairly common tactics used by those who have moved up the ladder.
 
As someone about to retire, who has never played any games to get ahead, this is what I've observed (but not done):
1 - Promote yourself, tell your bosses how wonderful you are
2 - Praise your bosses, tell them how wonderful they are even if they are total morons
3 - Take credit for anything good those under you have done
4 - Disavow anything you or those under you have done that didn't turn out well, and hide any evidence that you had championed it

Maybe a bit cynical, but after 40+ years these seem like fairly common tactics used by those who have moved up the ladder.
This is perfect. And sensible. Better to tell people what it's like right at the beginning than raise their hopes about corporate culture. It's a shark eat shark world out there.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
Become a sycophant and do a good job in your duties! Never bad mouth your boss! Other bosses in the company will be impress and will even consider you for their new and open position just because you are loyal! Promote the company you work for too. It a small world and things comeback to the company‘s top managers and they pay attention to individuals that do theses things! Bosses talk about employees all the time. It like a football fan talking about players to other football fans. Try to be the star player! They will ask about an employee that has the right image and desire and smarts for top management positions to see how they are doing and a mentor will try to promote you as “an up and comer”!
 
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dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Become a sycophant and do a good job in your duties! Never bad mouth your boss! Other bosses in the company will be impress and will even consider you for their new and open position just because you are loyal!
I don’t know what a sycophant is
What about a Sociopath ?? That I know
 
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