Career growth involves taking risks, embracing the opportunities that come your way and facing the challenges that can prevent you from realizing your full potential. But how do you know if you’re making the right choices for your career? One tried and true way is to learn from the experience and knowledge of others.
Recently, Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute President and CEO, spoke on this topic in front of an audience of over 100 women technologists in Bangalore, India during interactive sessions at Cisco and the Philips Innovation Campus. Her presentation “Taking Risks: Women and Technology” offered thoughtful career advice for women technologists.
According to Telle, technology innovation is at the heart of the world’s future. She believes there is no question that innovation and businesses benefit when women and men work together as equals to create technology.
Telle shared lessons that she has learned over the course of her own personal and professional life. She drew from her varied experiences as a woman technologist, an entrepreneur at a technology start-up, co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration with Dr. Anita Borg, and as president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute.
She emphasized the need for taking risks to truly grow and make progress in your career. Some of the toughest decisions or paths you take can turn out to be the best moves for your career. But you don’t need to do it alone, Telle told the audience. She credits the support of friends, colleagues and mentors to her success. Without them she could not have persevered.
“Ask for what you want” in your career, Telle told the audience. You can communicate your desires to your managers, superiors, colleagues and friends. Telle also highlighted the importance and benefits of having mentors and sponsors to grow your career.
The sessions concluded with an engaging discussion among participants about their own professional experiences and how they planned to grow their careers based on what they had learned.