Gain the right mindset and the know-how to achieve your career goals
IF YOU ANSWERED, “YES” TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE, THEN THIS 6 WEEKS CAREER CLARITY PROGRAM IS THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR YOU!
(Enrolment closed 15 Oct 2020)
Hosted on zoom every week over 6 weeks, with recordings & action steps so you know exactly what to implement in your career, be it a mindset shift or a technique for time management.
Introductory session for us to get to know each other so I can help you in the best possible way. A live Q&A session will be hosted.
Limiting beliefs are not based on facts and yet they are very powerful in holding you back from achieving your goals. Let's conquer them.
Create your own self-assessment by answering specific questions and get clarity on where you are currently in your career and where you want to be.
Learn about the foundational tools and resources that you need to transform yourself in your life and career and start applying immediately.
Take the first step in taking control of your own career by creating a personal development plan. Using a framework that will help you break down your career vision into actionable tasks.
Track your progress, stay true to your commitments and never lose momentum again.
I am limiting the number of sign ups so that I can devote my time and energy to only a few people at a time. So don't procrastinate if you're serious about taking control of your career.
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Isabel is an accomplished woman in technology with with almost 20 years experience in the industry. She has worked for top-tier technology and media organisations throughout her career. She is passionate about leadership, career development, and diversity & inclusion.
Isabel is currently a senior engineering leader at an enterprise software company in Sydney, Australia.
Your biggest contribution has been in helping me create my growth plan. I've never been able to really articulate it the same way until you showed me how to go about it. I am excited to be able to execute on some of them and really see myself improve.
You helped me immensely to become successful quickly in my role as a Team Lead. You helped with providing great insights. You helped me prioritize and focus on the important challenges. Thanks again for that.
You're awesome at enforcing and following up on action items, which is not as common as it should be!
I was really struggling to make the transition from my old role to my new role and Isabel has really helped me work out how I needed to change to be more successful.
Staff Software Engineer
Our 1:1 coaching sessions have been a big help for me in learning from you. Very timely suggestions and input that help me in my career development. Moving forward, I would like to continue our periodic sync ups. It is always enriching to talk to you.
Highly impactful and all for good. When I was stuck, you walked me through the problem and prompted me on how I could raise this with my leadership and move forward.
Here are some of the commonly asked questions from people I work with which demonstrate why having a career plan is important and helpful.
Why do you think employers prefer people with experience over those with qualification? Because experienced people are able to get the job done using their prior knowledge and experience. So if you haven’t got any experience in the role that you’re interested in, you need to think creatively about how you might be able to demonstrate the skills that are required for the role. You could do an unpaid project work, you could do pro-bono work, you could gain transferrable skills first in your current role and then slowly make the switch through connection, demonstration of capabilities and willingness to start from a less senior role, especially if the role that you’re after is in a different craft/discipline. One thing I know for sure though is that, it’s not going to happen over night, and it is not going to happen by itself without you being intentional about what you do and what actions you take.
I see the two keywords in this question as “rapidly” and “grow”. To grow, you need to have a vision - you need to know what it is that you are going after. What does growth look like for you? Is it gaining new skills? Is it climbing the corporate ladder? Is it getting financial rewards? Once you know what you want, growing it “rapidly” will come from learning from those who have obtained what you wanted, being strategic and working smart.
When it comes to finding a career path, there are two main career paths for any profession - lattice career path and linear career path. Lattice career path is one where you work across adjacent disciplines such as moving from software engineering craft to data science craft and become a well-rounded professional. Linear career path is one where you work up your way on the corporate ladder in your craft, such as being a software engineer, senior software engineer, principal software engineer, architect, software development manager and so on. Both career paths are valid so you need to spend some time trying to understand which path excites you more and which path is more aligned with your career vision.
The telltale sign is this - Are you excited by helping others solve problems instead of solving problems yourself? Do you often mentor junior developers and find it more rewarding than writing code? If you answer yes to both questions then you are likely to enjoy being a manager. However, in reality, not everything is black and white like that. You’ll only really know if you like being a manager after you’ve given yourself a chance to explore the role.
While everyone would like to think managers and supervisors have the best interest in them, unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Reasons may vary - sometimes, managers don’t know how to be a good manager, other times, they are pre-occupied with their own lives and responsibilities, and in rare but not totally impossible situations, they have insecurities and are too power-hungry to be a good person and manager. So to get more support from your manager, try to understand them personally and the situations that they are in, first and then if you believe that they have the best interest in you but are just not sure how to support you, connect with them, help them be successful and help them help you.
Whether you like it or not, you don’t get to make that decision. Yes, you can influence it, but you are not the decision maker. So work with your manager to understand their perspective, what they think are the gaps you need to close, what kind of opportunities are available in your company and so on. Good managers want to see their people to grow and take on new heights - so let them know your aspirations and work with them.
The #1 mistake that people in tech make is that they stay in their comfort zone for too long. They don’t hate their job, they get along with their colleagues, they like the pay check, but they feel stagnant in their career. And yet, they don’t do anything about it. My advice in 7 steps:
Step 1: Assess your current situation
Step 2: Identify your options
Step 3: Set career goals
Step 4: Get out of your comfort zone
Step 5: Be at the service of others
Step 6: Take a good break
Step 7: Review your progress