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Episode Info: Welcome to episode 89 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two Pre-Sales Technical Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode we discuss changing your career trajectory with Yadin Porter de León. Original Recording Date: 08-07-2020 Topics – Changing Your Career Trajectory 2:36 – Changing your Career Trajectory Yadin’s job is fairly unique. Because of his vast experience, he was betting on the fact that there will be a role that matches this. He values doing things that make sense through Marketing channels which actually helps people. There are not a lot of tips and tricks that really help move the needle with career progression. There are many good things out there, but they involve getting in a rigor. To change the trajectory of your career, you must take a step back. Am I happy with the direction that I am going? Do I want to do something different? Some people want to just do one thing (like a Database Admin) and be really good at it. But they may want to keep doing it and have time for their family. If that is what you want, decide it is what you want…and then do it. Don’t feel like you need to be the CEO of a company someday. Is an early heart attack something you want? There’s someone else who can do the job you are doing and be intrinsically happy doing the work. If you don’t like managing people, don’t manage people. So many people hate their jobs because their manager took a management role without wanting to do it or having the skills to do it. Many pursue management because it seems like the next logical step. Yadin takes a philosophical approach. He’s never had the same job title twice. But that approach is not right for everyone. He advocates making a declarative choice on the life balance you want (no such thing as work / life balance). Everything feeds your soul and takes energy from you. Decide what you want that balance to be. Every time Yadin approached a new job, he asked himself if it was going to be a new path to help him grow or just something he would enjoy doing right now. If you’re afraid of trying something new every time, don’t do it. You don’t have to be transformative every day. But feed the lifestyle you want. Don’t chase pay and title. Don’t take prescriptive advice from someone who says you must get a MBA or a bunch of certifications. Decide on the lifestyle you want FIRST. Make peace with your decision (i.e. I won’t be rich, etc.). Hard core career coaches like Kat Troyer will tell you that you must do the hard work. Understanding what you want to do for your next career comes down to understanding what you want, how you want to live your life, and what will be best for your family. Nick believes many people don’t think they have a choice. We don’t often take the time to reflect on what now is like. ...
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