Before you begin any journey it’s a good idea to know where you’re going. You wouldn’t begin a trip to the airport without first looking at a map. So don’t do the same with your life and career. One of the things your IT Architecture coach will do is sit down and establish what you want from life.
The more specific you are the better. If you can picture in your mind where you want to be you’ll be much more motivated to achieve it. If you want a large house in the country with a little tractor to cut the grass then tell your coach. If they don’t know exactly what you want they can’t help you achieve it.
It takes many things to become an accomplished manager and your coach won be able to teach you them all. If you decide with your coach that you need to improve your interpersonal skills look into finding a course about it.
Consider the Consequences
Be aware that if you decide you need to work 60 hours a week to achieve what you want from life, certain other aspects of your life will suffer. You may find that as you get older you want to spend more time at home with your family. This is something to discus with your coach to begin with.
Don’t limit yourself to what you see other people doing. The more unique and creative you are the better. If you see your boss and think that’s where you’d like to be in 5 years then that’s all well and good. But what about a change of direction, maybe you could look into becoming a project manager or even CIO Chief Information Officer. The only person limiting your imagination is you, so don’t do it.
Make a Plan
While you’re dreaming about where you want to be and how you’re going to get there, make sure you write it down. Your coach will help you devise a timeline to help you achieve your goals. Let’s say you want to be a Chief Information Officer in 10 years, along the way you want to become a chief IT Architect and then move into Project Management. Write it all down, 3 years to become Chief Architect, another 3 years to become a project manager and then 4 years and you’re there. Right them all down, if they’re written down in front of you you’re more likely to achieve them.
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