Continuing the series on professional growth, which started with my last post: Part 1 – Inspirational Beginnings. I started off asking “How did you get started and how long have you been in the game?” I got some interesting results and this next post I asked the question: “What traits, methods, knowledge or experiences did you find crucial to your growth?” Also updated with question 3, “What has changed since then, what’s new to be done?”
I asked a number of tech professionals in varying lengths of carrer, heights of their career (Admins through Upper Management) and areas within the technology industry (Programming, Marketing, Infrastructure, etc…). I did this because I understand that getting started is hard. Either getting out of school or finding opportunities while in helpdesk. So I am sharing this to provide insight for those looking to grow professionally both inside and outside work.
This week I reached out to a bunch of people in my followers list with a small list of questions. The purpose of this is to gauge what people in different roles, years of experience and geographies had to say about growth in the technology field. I’ve received some of the responses already and I have to say, I’m loving them. I can’t wait to do a write up. Just forgive me for the length, because there will be SO MUCH that I want to share from them.
One of the things about working in technology is how much people tend to share. For as long as there have been forums, chats and channels, there has been some form of community. Growing up, it was neat to build a computer and when I had an issue, I knew that someone somewhere had the same exact issue, using the same exact hardware. That person would likely have asked somewhere and I’d look for that thread.
Moving forward, as I was taking programming classes and working on java, C and later objective-c, I started going to the Orlando iOS Developers Meetup. I thought it was amazing to see a group of people getting together to talk about the tech. So as I progressed and I started working on virtualization, there was this mountain of information available.
Not all areas within technology are the same, some hold information close to their chest, so when I needed information on VMware, it was shocking how much was available. But its not just bloggers, the sheer volume of tweets dedicated to this is outrageous. Then, there is VMUG. I’ve been through and seen a couple communities, but the support and help surrounding virtualization (not just VMware) is incredible. The VMware User Groups are local groups, lead by volunteers who are also customers. Specifically, a leader CANNOT work for VMware.
So, if you’ve been a part of this community for awhile, thank you! If you are just joining, strap in, there is a LOT of content and the list grows hourly. I’m looking forward to 2016, to see what this community will do, and to see more users join in and sharing their knowledge.