Posted on : 11-07-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : personal development
I have spent the past few days conducting interviews for candidates for the position of senior software engineer. It is a replacement position for someone who left my software team over a month ago. The interviews has given me some interesting insights into some of the human psychology.
One important factor that most interviewer take note of is the reason for the applicant decision to leave their current job. I have conducted many interviews for various job openings in both my previous as well as present employer.
I noticed one of the most common reason cited by applicants are that they find their current job not challenging enough, boring and they are unable to acquire new knowledge or skills. There also those who decide to leave for greener pasture due to unhappiness with their current pay or due to change of management resulting in potential conflicts with new superiors.
I must admit I don’t feel comfortable with such answers from applicants. You may wonder why it bothers me. Firstly, if your current job is not challenging enough than you should talk to your boss and try to work some arrangement to take up new roles or additional responsibilities that keeps you occupied and tasks that challenge you. A lot of time people complain about being bored with their job but they don’t want to volunteer to pick up more mental challenging tasks and assignments.
Learning is a life long experience and you should continue to upgrade ,improve and widen your knowledge, skill set and enhance your areas of expertise whenever and as much as you can. Don’t wait and don’t expect your employer, particularly your boss to be entirely responsible for your personal development. Don’t wait to be told what to do. Be more pro-active and be open to take on new tasks and challenges without expecting or hoping that doing so will result in pay increase or bonus for that matter.
Opportunity abounds for those who wish to learn and improve their knowledge regardless of the environment they are in. You need to have the right mindset and determination to succeed in life and that includes making it a point to learn new things, not just each month or each week but each and every day. You are responsible for your own personal development and improvement.
I know it sounds ridiculous to some people; knowledge is power and if you make it a point to learn something new each day, imagine the amount of wealth of knowledge and experience you will gain which will directly and indirectly contribute to the success of goals that you set whatever they may be.
Is it possible for you to learn new things each day? Of course you can!. Establish goals that you would like to achieve and then identify what areas improvements you need to accomplish those goals. Reading is one of the best ways to gain more knowledge in the shortest possible time. Make it a point to read as much as you can daily. You don’t need to digest the entire book in a day which is quite impossible but rather go through one or more chapters daily, according to the amount of time you can afford to set aside for reading.
The key factor to note is that you must set aside some time daily to learn something new that would help you move closer to accomplish your goal. Don’t find excuses for yourself such as that you are too busy with work or that you have no spare time to improve yourself daily. It is not a matter of how smart and how fast you are on being able to acquire new knowledge that matters but rather how much knowledge you acquired daily which allows you to move a step closer to reach your goals.
I always make it point to bring along something to read when I am taking a public transport, particularly on the way to the office or during weekends when I run errands for the family. You might be surprised how much you learn during the brief period of time when you are on the bus or the train. Well, you shouldn’t take your eyes off the road should you drive though!. With online access to the Internet via portable smart PC tablets and smart phones, it is even much more easier than ever to access information on the go.
We live in a fast paced changing world. Unless you strive to constantly improve yourself moving forward both on and off the job, you will soon find yourself outsmart and outpaced by others and lose that important job in no time. Don’t procrastinate and don’t wait until circumstances forced you to take desperate action. As the saying goes, there is no better time to prepare for the contingency than today. Make it a habit to acquire new knowledge daily. Each time when you leave office always make it a point to ask yourself what new things have you learn.