Chapter three is a very interesting one; it is really cool to be able to see the views between “Suits” and “Geeks” because this chapter is the “geekiest” so far. I disagree with what the book says about not knowing what you want to do in one to five years. In 15 years I’d like to be continuing my career at Edward Jones. However nobody knows for sure. Also I disagree about not following your passion. My passions lead me to Greenville College to pursue a career in business/finance and to play tennis.
The book says “Skill growth doesn’t lead to career development” I disagree, that’s why every job has a training session that each new employee must go through. Also how is anyone suppose to improve in there career if they don’t improve there skills. For instance a basketball player not constantly practicing his form, the player will get worse.
I think this is the most baffling thing the book has said so far, it says unhelpful suggestion grow your network. I have never heard this before, because most of the time many people start their careers based on whom they know. Not wanting to grow your network for career reasons seems like shooting yourself in the foot to a suit like me. Networking is an extremely essential part to business growth. If you don’t grow your product it will fail, and you need to constantly be networking to find new people that may like what you have to offer them. In this sense the product is selling you, and a great way to do that is through networking. For instance, Greenville College would not exist if it decided to stop networking. Not trying to go out and tell students how awesome the school is.
The book gives a formula which is probability (fulfilling career) = Number of opportunities. I don’t understand how opportunities come in the job career without networking yourself, or as professor Cole says the soft skills. The soft skills are what get people hired in interviews, for instance I have never not gotten a job after I have been interviewed. This is because I have excellent soft skills. I am a suit, and I love that I am. There is also little to no luck in getting a job or a promotion. The book says luck plays a part, however I’ve never heard of a person who was talentless get a job out of “luck”
The video I posted is a funny clip from step brothers, when the two are told to go get a job. They are lucky that they got interviews however luck doesn’t equal a job.
This video is a stretch but it shows the brother who is successful, with a family driving in his range rover. What he had wasn’t luck, he was good at his job and career.
This chapter has been an interesting one, I am obviously coming from an extroverted business (suit) prospective, and this book is written by introverted (geeks) who don’t really like people and who don’t seem to really have much emotion toward anything. So It is really interesting to view this aspect of business from the other side of the spectrum completely. Neither person is wrong which makes it fascinating to me, because this process has obviously worked for people otherwise the book wouldn’t be used for class. Its funny because I have this class “Managing technical people” then I go to a class taught by professor Chism about Human resource management, and its basically the same class just taught from both perspectives. The geek side from MTP and the suit side from HRM