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Careering: Connecting the Dots

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Steve Jobs, Standford Commencement Speech, 2005.

People LinkI was having coffee with a friend from my computer science undergrad days. We found out we both liked programming in our teens, which led us to our degree. Beside our degree, we found how our 1st job affected our career many years late.

He start as a programmer for new products at a IT firm … then a developer for the university in a new research program … then work for a small software firm … Now, he is a senior developer for a startup.

I started as a teacher for a part-time job & a data analyst using enterprise softwares for full-time …….(See my LinkedIn)…… Now, I’m a business lead for a systems implementation; as a lead, I often guide & teach my colleagues.

My friend have got 1-3 man programming team, doing every other thing to get products to work; giving him a edge in startup environment. As for me, beside working with big systems, I constantly help people, business & IT work togather through describing complex ideas with other experts. Every dot in our pass has influenced the pther dots in our career.

None of us knew or planned our current position we are in. When we look back, we were able to see what & how we got here; just as Steve Jobs described.

Steve Jobs’ story ends with (5 min within the video):
“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

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  1. July 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm

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