From self-help and Venkatesh Rao to side hustles and mistakes at work, this episode hits many of the core questions that all professionals have at some point in their careers.
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What roles should I look into based on the projects I enjoyed?
“I’ve been doing a lot of self-analysis, and I realized I wasn’t happy with the career path I was on. I was an accountant for 10 years, and I enjoyed the following projects:
1. I like how different the problems are and that I’m able to use creativity to come up with solutions.
2. I need a job making at least $100K with the possibility of making more. (I need the ability to grow.)
3. I already looked at project management and it doesn’t match with my personality type.
4. I like having new data that doesn’t jive with the current platform and figuring out a way to get around the limitations
5. I enjoy teaching people how to use new functions and processes I have established.”
Jobs for me without a degree
“I was wondering if anyone would know of any good high-paying job fields for people who don’t necessarily want to finish high school. For example, technology-related careers or something like that.”
I made a mistake at work
“I Made two errors on a client’s first Facebook ad with us, and it ended up being discovered by the client. The situation ended ok, and the client didn’t quit, but things could have ended much worse (the client leaving, insisting on reviewing everything themselves. causing pipeline issues, etc.) It sounds minor, but when your job is to launch ads with complete accuracy, it’s a big deal. How do you bounce back from mistakes on the job, both major and minor, like this?”
The ethics of having a side hustle
“What is your experience with taking the skills that you are learning at your full-time job, and applying them by doing side projects win other companies on a part-time basis? What questions should one ask before doing so, and as an employer, what downside would you see to have an employee work on side projects for other companies, even if the company isn’t a direct competitor?
Goal of the question: I personally have built a skillset in helping our CEO and other team members land speaking gigs and create backend systems to monetize those opportunities. Because of that, there have been other options to consult other organizations on that, which came from documenting and sharing my results. Just confused as to how to approach the situation.”
When do I push for more?
“Sometimes, I feel like I’m moving at a good pace: enjoying my job, learning new things, and so forth. At other times, however, I wonder if I’m not being aggressive enough with pushing for bigger and better opportunities. Am I doing really great for my age, or are my standards too low? How do you know when you’re being too pushy, versus when you’re being too passive; trying to force new opportunities versus letting life pass you by? This seems to be a really hard balance to find intuitively.”