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Measuring Career Growth


Measuring Career Growth

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Good article, you're right about our need to see progresss.

This made me think of the time that I thought that I'd finally become a "real" programmer when I could create and use arrays. As it turns out, they weren't really worth the trouble, but I could do it! :-)

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i do it by updating my resume once or twice every year even if i am not looking for jobs. just to try to summarize what i have accomplished at my work, what skills (both technical and soft skills) I've learned, and let me have a chance to think about whether I am making progress in my career. I agree with Tim that it's a process of accumulation, sometimes you don't know you are making progress when you are doing the same kind of job everyday, but after a big project or two, you know you achieved something and learned something.
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Never understood the christmas eve gift opening.

1) Its not christmas yet
2) 'Santa' hasn't come yet
3) Give me something to play with christmas eve and good luck getting me to bed.
4) On a related note, getting children to go to bed is way easier when they know that its just get to sleep and next thing they know, its opening presents.

Our family was all about christmas morning, even after we were all well past Santa age. And the family had to go downstairs to open presents together (which means you had to wake my dad up). The parents would take extra long getting up as we waited on the top stair held back by an invisible barrier.
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Tim, I agree it's worth documenting and love the story you use to start it with. The thing I'd add is that "blogging" often seems to equate to visibility and not everyone is ready or comfortable with that. Blogs can be private. Think "professional diary" even though it doesn't sound as cool, and that might just be a Word doc. However you do it, it's worthwhile to set goals and measure progress by writing.

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I keep a code library of problems I have solved, or new approaches to the same old problems. I also keep a portfolio of some of the more interesting work I do. I try to contribute to forums where I can.

I like the idea of blogging, I haven't done that yet, although I have been considering it for some time. I have a small (and growing) bag of tips & tricks that I think others coming up might find useful. I am concerned that even a simple blog, or article, would take a fair amount of time if well written.
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that's great thought "Career Growth",

this gives me alert that, I have to sometime like this.
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I think that people measuring their career progression will occur in many different way. Whilst I enjoyed the story and its use as an analogy, I remember that career progress does not have a simple measure like height so can be documented in so many different ways.

It seems that many people say this or the equivalent: work out what you want to record and how you want to do it. Then do it.

Also do not be reticent about changing ones method of documentation e.g. if yesterday you achieved it by maintaining your CV on an annual basis but now you are thinking of blogging then change tack. Again, do it.

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I did that. Well, almost. We lived in NJ from the time my girls were born until they were 2 and 6, then moved. I had marked their height on the trim around the utility room door. I had my husband replace that trim, so I could take the one with markings on it with us to KY. I Velcroed it to the utility room there and to the mudroom in Maine and now it is in our pantry. They are now 17 and almost 21! The traveling trim work will go wherever we do...
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Nice post, reminding us that it is important to know where we have been to help us know where we are going.
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Now that it is five years later since Tim has published this article, has he thought about writing a follow up on it?
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