Yesterday’s post was in response to a colleague who’s been asked to speak at an upcoming conference panel. Part of the title of the panel is “Breaking Silos,” and I love that phrase.
I’ve recently been interviewing people for a job on my team, and I have to tell you: the more interviews I do, the more I learn about what a great interview can look like.
I get a ton of questions from folks related to “career navigation.” That is, how do you “set yourself up” for whatever’s next in your career, and how do you even decide what that is?
Let me start with this:
Before asking my question I would like to say thank you for your contributions to the Powershell community. I’ve read several of your books particularly both lunches books and a few of your ebooks. Powershell has had a profound impact on my IT career especially in improving my productivity and effectiveness.
At this midpoint in my career I am evaluating pursuing an MBA. However I don’t want to make the financial and time commitment without a clear idea of how an MBA plays in to a career trajectory that lands at a CTO or equivalent position. What from your experience is required to make that transition executive management.
And here’s the list of everything asked so far.
D. checks in with:
I met you briefly at Summit this year (I know you meet a lot of people so I don’t expect you to remember) and I was wondering if you could offer some advice.
Like many in the PS community I work full-time in IT, but I also do a lot of freelance writing for a few different sites. I started writing about a year ago primarily for some side income but also obviously because I love what I write about and wanted to become active in our community. In addition I am also active on Twitter and I am looking to increase my public speaking opportunities.
I guess for the time being I am trying to walk in the foot steps of yourself and others who have done the same sort of work. I am hoping you could provide some insight into what future opportunities would be possible based on writing, speaking, etc. I see certain people become tech advocates, authors for example. For me, understanding what is possible would probably help me decide what direction I would like to take in the future. Being you are prominent in our field, I think you probably have a good idea of what avenues are possible.
What is your take on qualifications [certifications] over experience? I’ve talked with some hiring managers and about 50% say experience is better when it comes to applying for new jobs. I know my 15+ years experience can take me so far, but I’m looking to improve my standing and employable.
This was a question via Twitter, and it’s a great one. Buckle up.
I’ve read in Be the Master how you focus on managing your time. But I get yanked around a lot at work – email, meetings, crises, and I suppose some Facebook and Twitter time. How do I figure out where it’s being wasted?