Be Willing to Learn From Others

Picture yourself earning that long sought-after graduate from a prestigious online MBA program. Fresh out of school, you land a new job in the tech industry — in a market that is growing at an exponential rate. You show up for work, get your badge, find your desk, and discover a week’s worth of work already in your inbox. And the worst part? The industry has changed since you first dreamt of getting this job. Suddenly, you have skills and talents, but you do not know where and how to put them to the best use for your new company.

Or, imagine you have been in the tech industry for a long time, and you have risen to a position of some respect and leadership within your organization. Suddenly, the tech industry zigs instead of zags, and to stay competitive, your company hires fresh talent from an online MBA program, and these new recruits are spouting strange terms you have never heard of. You are expected to guide them while establishing the company as a niche market leader.

Both scenarios sound like career disasters in the making, but only if you try to solve all the problems by yourself. As the tech industry becomes more and more complex, it is nearly impossible for one person to understand all of its elements. As a leader, you need to have a good rapport with your team. In either situation, your success will depend on your ability to ask for answers and assistance. It is never too late to look to others for guidance, mentoring or even simple information.

Change Is Constant

The history of the tech industry is full of examples of companies that grew too big, or too staid, only to see younger, more agile competitors embrace new ways of doing business. IBM ruled the computer industry until a pair of Washington State upstarts devised an operating system that could run on a personal computer. Microsoft, in turn, bet everything on the business market, when Apple came along with its highly idiosyncratic personal technology that changed the consumer’s fundamental approach to the tech industry. By launching peer-to-peer networking, Napster shook the music industry to the core. The print publishing industry is still trying to make sense of e-books.

Each generation of entrepreneurs, some with degrees from an online MBA program, has studied and learned from previous tech industry examples. Every generation is more competent and familiar with the changes in technology than the one before it, which was probably reluctant to adopt the new technology. Change stems from the refinement of processes and resource utilization, and change allows for growth, both within an organization and within its members.

Growth Is an Advantage

Take stock of your strengths and weaknesses in light of what the organization needs from you. Find someone who is passionate and engaged in areas where you are not as strong and establish a relationship of mutual respect. Growth is one of the best ways to succeed in your position in the fast-paced and ever-changing tech industry.

By reaching out and learning from others, you can elevate your career. You can get guidance and support as well as alternative viewpoints on your effectiveness within the organization. Expand your network and allow outreach to broaden your potential. Find challenges that will require you to grow and change.

The tech industry is constantly growing and transforming in ways that no one can fully anticipate. These changes can benefit us in ways we do not anticipate. As you develop throughout your career, you will realize these benefits.

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