Do You Believe Your Dream Job Exists?

March 21, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week we look at dream jobs, how workplace generosity can get you ahead, and where the high-paying jobs are.

How I got my dream job in the tech industry without a CS degree
Bill Mei’s Essays
“A huge volume of work.” That’s how Bill Mei landed his dream job in tech without a CS degree. Bill spent his spare time coding, getting feedback, and improving his code. He turned down anything that didn’t help him become a better developer and eventually landed consulting gigs through his network. He built his portfolio, spent hours every week practicing for interviews, and after hundreds of rejections and thousands of coding hours, finally found his dream job. Read Article»

Dream Jobs Report
Employees who believe in dream jobs are happier and more productive. Most employed adults believe it’s possible to find their dream job. Perhaps, as a result, many are thinking of greener pastures. At any given movement, 1/3 of working adults are actively looking for a new job at any given moment, while another 40% are daydreaming about a new job. Read Article»

If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It
Harvard Business Review
Job satisfaction changes as we age. It’s high in our 20s and 30s, low in our 40s and 50s, and high again near retirement. In our 20s and 30s, things like good work relationships, and external work conditions like commutes, breaks, and time off increases our gratitude. Between ages 35 and 44, gratitude declines with a lack of work-life balance, time off, and sufficient pay. Around retirement, we’re more satisfied with our job and have more resources for personal aspirations. Long story short? Satisfaction at work = Life outside of work + Money to afford that life. Read Article»

The Power of Conferences in a Social-Media Age
Wall Street Journal
Social media has made conference-going more valuable than ever. Going to conferences may seem quaint in the social media age, but technology is lifting conferences to new levels, letting you and your brand stand out in new ways. You can do things like printing stickers with shortcodes to your presentations to put on your business cards, or tweeting at the people whose presentations wowed you. Who are you most likely to remember? Someone who gave you a card, or someone with whom you exchanged a series of humorous tweets? Read Article»

This Program Uses Lean Startup Techniques to Turn Scientists into Entrepreneurs
Harvard Business Review
Why aren’t academic research projects turning into profitable businesses? The National Science Foundation (NSF) is tackling this problem with an 8-week intensive course called I-Corps. Among the cornerstones of the program’s process: Identify the flaws in your idea and fix them; do your market research; don’t be afraid to pivot; and start with a “minimum viable product”. I-Corps has been so successful that 81% of the entrepreneur teams are still active 13-21 months after the course. The program is now being replicated at other agencies and in countries like Australia and Singapore. Read Article»

Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?
Gender equality and workplace discrimination are still prevalent in Silicon Valley. Women continue to hold only a fraction of computing and mathematical jobs in the US and leave the tech industry at twice the rate of men. Women mention workplace conditions and lack of access as two of the many reasons for this disparity. Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Intel are working to combat this, however, with unconscious-bias training and structural changes Read Article»

Glassdoor: 11 of the 25 highest-paying U.S. jobs for 2017 are in tech
In case you missed it, tech jobs are the new gravy train. Last week Glassdoor released their annual survey of the top 25 highest paying jobs in the United States and a surprising 11 are in technology. Titles like Enterprise Architect ($116K), Applications Development Manager ($112K) and Software Engineering Manager ($109K) topped out as the most lucrative tech jobs. Whereas the most popular tech job title went to Solutions Architect ($102K) with just over four thousand current job openings on Glassdoor. Read Article»

How to Succeed Professionally by Helping Others
Being generous = professional success for you + increased earnings for your employer. Helping others allows “Givers” to build deeper and broader relationships. The belief that helping others adds meaning and purpose to one’s own life also energizes givers to work harder, longer, and smarter for their bosses. Givers also learn more about their own jobs by helping others problem-solve. Research shows that these learnings, coupled with the energy and perception of generosity in the workplace that givers bring, lift performance reviews and ultimately overall company performance.   Read Article»

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