If you’ve managed to convince yourself that you’re a lost cause when it comes to working in tech, I’ve got news for you: there’s a job in tech with one of those fancy reserved signs literally waiting just for you. And the only reason you haven’t landed that dream job yet is because you haven’t properly assessed your skillset and what is truly needed to get you there.
When I look back on my own journey, I can tell you that I didn’t get to where I am overnight. In fact, who I am and where I’ve gone both professionally and personally happened because I took the time to assess and reassess my own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats on a consistent basis over the years. Whether it was to gain more confidence in my technical and professional skills or just get more comfortable with my sexuality/gender, it’s all part of what shaped who I am in tech and in life today.
But what really helped me solidify my place in tech is CLASS. Sure, I’m plenty classy and dapper in my suit, but what I’m talking about is:
Leading with Authority
Not only did I repeatedly spot the five traits mentioned above in folks who were able to successfully navigate the tech space, but these are the same traits that were critical for propelling my career in tech-forward.
And the best part is that you can easily move your own career in tech forward in just 4 steps today:
If you don’t have a lot of experience under your belt to evaluate your skills or traits yet, then focus on staying curious and learning as much as you can by following prominent people in tech or reading some of my favorite books below:
- Start with Why by Simon Sinek
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
- Radical Candor by Kim Scott
- The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Minda Harts
- Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill
- Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
- The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life by Steve Zaffron
- You are a Badass (Deluxe Edition): How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
- Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio and Jeremy Bobb
- Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
- The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Rich by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D., William D. Danko Ph.D.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
So if there’s anything you choose to walk away with after reading this, just remember this: there is plenty of room for you in tech (yes, you!) As long as you continue to develop your skillset, stay CLASS-Y, round up accountability partners and teachers to help you grow, and set those benchmarks for success, you can find a career in tech that’s exactly the right fit for you.