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One thing that holds a lot of us back from making the career change we know that we’re meant to make is the nagging feeling that we don’t know enough about the job/ product/ company industry/ [insert limiting belief here] to truly excel in a new career in tech.
We’re imperfect people, which lead to imperfect decisions. So the question may not be “how do I avoid making mistakes” but “what do I do to move forward when things don’t go as plan”. In the fast-paced environment of tech, that frame of mind will carry you far.
Mila Singh, our featured Empjoyee today shares her journey of leveraging 3 different career changes to land her first job in tech, her approach to overcoming a difficult setback in her first month on the job, and a simple, yet powerful tool to bridge every knowledge gap you come across at work.
Listen now learn from Mila’s experiences on how to:
- Ask questions and adopt a curiosity mindset to make you a better teammate
- Overcome mistakes you will inevitably make early in your new tech career
- Find opportunities in your current role to build experience and pursue your passion even before you transition into tech
TL;DL (Too long; Didn’t Listen): 3 Actionable Takeaways
- Steer your career and life in the direction that you want at any time – You are in the driver seat and you are in control
- ASK QUESTIONS and constantly be curious – people are always willing to help, even when you think they are too busy.
- Use the opportunity to wear “many hats” when working in a small startup to your advantage.
Share your #1 takeaway with today’s featured Empjoyee and other Empjoyees in the Empjoyment community!
From Insight to Action
“To know and not do is really not to know” – Stephen R. Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Mila stressed the impact of asking questions throughout her tech experience – especially as a career changer who joined her first tech startup only months earlier. Let’s get used to asking (and answering) questions from each other so we can build that skill as well.
Your Joyney: Ask 1 Question and Provide 1 Answer (to a separate question) within the Empjoyment Community that will help you and others move forward in your journey !
Additional References to help your growth
- After the conversation, Mila brought up a book that she’s reading call Designing your Life by Bill Burnett.
- Find out more about Mila’s company: CultureIQ
- Check out the Empjoyment Glossary for our interpretation of some of the tech-specific words used throughout the conversation
Getting to Know Today’s Featured Empjoyee: Mila Singh!
Mila is a Culture Strategist at CultureIQ, a culture management software and services company committed to helping organizations measure and strengthen their culture. She is passionate about creating great places to work and building company cultures that drive business results.
Prior to CultureIQ, Mila spent time on the Market Development & Insights team at IBM and in the management consulting practice at Accenture. She has also worked in education operations at Achievement First.
Mila has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and MPA from Cornell University. She also holds an MBA from Yale School of Management. Outside of work, Mila loves to travel and recently hiked Mt. Fuji with a group of friends.
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