This morning I’m thinking through what I’m going to say at the AWS re:Invent Conference next week and I suppose I’m in a distractable mood. When an email came in asking “what advice would you give someone entering the information technology industry in 2017?” I gave it some thought. This was my short take:
Play for the long term. Choose jobs working on technology that will still be relevant a decade hence. Choose jobs that build on your strengths but significantly stretch beyond them. Always say “yes” to requests to do more or take on more. Each is an opportunity. Choose jobs working with the best in the industry. Working with the best is the quickest way to learn. Never let go of the details even as you take on broader roles. Don’t worry about money, job title, or recognition. It’ll all come and never leave if you get these four goals right. Short term decisions often yield little and what they do offer doesn’t last. Play the long game.
If you are comming to re:Invent, I hope to see you at my talk at 8pm on Tuesday (11/29) night (Tuesday Night Live with James Hamilton). If you aren’t going to be in Vegas, it’ll also be live streamed.
Happy holidays and I hope to see you next week at AWS re:Invent.