Entries with tag essential career skills .

Resolving Workplace Conflicts

It is inevitable. When you bring different people with different ideas, approaches, experiences, and perspectives together, there is bound to be conflict from time to time. The very diversity that makes the workplace so rich, can also lead to differences of opinion. But left unchecked, conflict can quickly escalate and damage working relationships. Whatever your role – whether...
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Ideate Like a Pro

Wanted : Innovative thinkers. Creative problem-solvers. Disruptive decision-makers. Makers. Shakers. Fire-starters. Brain-stormers. Ideators. Wherever you are in your studies or your career – whether you are still contemplating a career in tech, or thinking out your next move – chances are that your senses will have been assaulted by the same thing. In our...
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Techie’s Communication Checklist

In our digital age, communication skills are a key requisite for techies in order to communicate the importance of their work to colleagues and customers. And while you do not have to be a world-class orator, public speaker, or author, you should have a solid set of tools that span face-to-face, presentation, documentation, and virtual communication, so that you can clearly convey your...
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Career Advice Cisco Employees Would Give Our 20-Year-Old Selves

We asked some Cisco employees what advice they would give interns – or what advice they would tell their 20-year-old selves if they could go back in time. Here are some of their replies. Here are the top 10 responses. Work to live. Do not live to work.   This would be our personal advice – something it took a long time to learn. You need to take time to enjoy...
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Do Techies need Budgeting Skills?

Gone are the days when it was down to the financial director alone to keep his or her fingers on the purse strings. Today a key part of project management in any company means having the budgetary smarts to ensure your project does not wander into the red. Put simply, budgeting is balancing your expenses with your income. It is something you do every day in your home life. In...
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Ideal Mix of Career Skills to Succeed

Digitization is changing the playing field so comprehensively and so exponentially that the whole concept of employability is being transformed. If you are pursuing a CCNA or a CCNP – or even a CCIE – there is no doubt that you are on the right path in terms of your tech skills. And your timing is not too shabby either. We are living at a time of global...
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Are You Thinking Critically Enough?

When was the last time you searched for something on the Internet? Last night? This morning? Two minutes ago? Chances are that you, like most of us, are out there using your laptop or mobile device to search the web for information. No big deal, right? So here is another question. When was the last time you questioned something that you found on the Internet? When did you last...
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Grit leads you to Success

What makes someone successful? Take a look around your classroom or office or company right now. What makes one person in your vicinity more successful than others? Let’s assume that many, if not most of the people that you study or work alongside are roughly equal in terms their talent or their IQ. So why do some individuals just seem to accomplish more than others? Could it be...
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As a Techie, is Project Management for You?

In today’s quicksilver tech industry, companies are continuously investing in new projects in order to stay ahead of the competition. No big surprise there. But what does it mean to you as a tech professional looking to kick-start or accelerate your career in IT? Well, the upshot is that project management skills are among the very hottest in the job market. Right up there with...
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Workplace Etiquette and Your Success

There is more to prospering in a new role and building a solid, rewarding career than what’s written in your resume. Or how you handle yourself in interviews. Ask any successful engineer, working in business means—working with other people. And that means understanding workplace etiquette: the unspoken rules that drive interpersonal dynamics. This understanding and our own...
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