As technology evolves, digital business practices are rapidly displacing traditional roles and processes. How do people in IT professions advance their careers when it isn’t clear what their career, business, or industry will look like five years from now? The Enterprisers Project article The #1 way to advance your IT career: CIOs speak, asks CIOs at market-leading companies to give practical career advice for IT professionals. Skuid CTO Mike Duensing advises IT professionals to think like a business owner and to focus on advancing the business within the context of an IT role. Read the full story here.
The advice I give for career advancement is simple. For everything you think, say, and do, consider this is your own business, using your own money. This has the inherent impact of creating a mindset that you are not just an employee waiting to be told what to do, or one trying to figure out how to be ‘relevant,’ or someone afraid to take risks. You also care about optimizing the resources available to you. The senior leaders of the company think this way, and so should you. It is detrimental to see yourself as having just an ‘IT job.’