Recently, I finished reading 97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know and I was inspired by one of the essays (“Focus on Growth to Improve Employee Engagement” by Amy Rich) to do (most) of a professional development plan - mainly minus the “plan” bit, that’s between me, my manager and a council of therapists. It’s a lead on from something Cian Synnott introduced me to a couple years back as a sort of “professional check-in” to make sure that 1) you’re heading in the direction you want; and 2) that you take some time to reflect on who you are and where you are, drawing whatever relevant conclusions you can from that.
I’m a big fan of introspection and understanding oneself. It’s one of the greatest gifts therapy will ever give you and I can’t overstate its importance in growing personally and professionally. With the world the way it is right now, seems like a great time to reflect on where I am and where I’m going - hopefully this helps you too.
This will change over time and I hope to do this at least once a year. If you’ve stumbled across this years from now, it’s likely who I am and what I want has changed.
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