The hottest Career development Substack posts right now

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High Growth Engineer • 1319 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Planning is crucial to avoid feeling unproductive and getting pulled in different directions throughout the day.
  2. By planning your day, you focus on what's important and maintain control over your daily tasks.
  3. Even a simple daily plan of one main goal can significantly improve your productivity and time management.
High Growth Engineer • 1179 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. To transition into senior engineering roles, you need to shift from hands-on work to systems thinking, focusing on strategic leadership and fostering team autonomy.
  2. Senior engineers lead through influence rather than pure authority, emphasizing building trusted relationships, setting vision, and empowering teams.
  3. Developing critical leadership skills as a senior engineer involves improving empathy, communication, collaboration, systems thinking, and execution orchestration, while overcoming common pitfalls like losing sight of the big picture and excessive control.
The Caring Techie Newsletter • 13 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. Building strong networks is about investing social capital through kindness and goodwill.
  2. Creating an environment where people feel safe to ask questions and where they feel heard and acknowledged is crucial for fostering connections.
  3. Anticipating and meeting others' needs, offering help, and sharing knowledge are valuable ways to build social capital and support others in various settings.
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The Beautiful Mess • 528 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Skilled pragmatists in companies can represent a major opportunity for improvement. They are reliable and capable but may not go above and beyond due to skepticism about the value of extra effort.
  2. When trying to improve behaviors in a team, it is crucial to be specific about the desired actions and outcomes. Vague terms like 'drive' or 'passion' can lead to misunderstandings.
  3. Listening to individuals in different categories can provide valuable insights for understanding motivations and barriers to certain behaviors in a team. Embracing diversity in perspectives is key to achieving more together.
High Growth Engineer • 808 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. Mentorship is a win-win-win situation: it helps you grow, grow others, and level up.
  2. To find a mentee, you can simply ask your manager or ask the person directly.
  3. Starting a mentorship involves getting to know the mentee, understanding their long-term goals, and setting up a growth plan.
Off to Lunch • 648 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. The episode features an interview with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou discussing building easyJet and facing competition.
  2. Zuber Issa may offload his stake in Asda, UK companies anticipate increasing prices despite inflation easing, and Sir Tim Clark criticizes Boeing.
  3. A piece on executive coaches for business leaders and an article from 1985 about laptop computers not becoming popular offers insights on technology trends.
High Growth Engineer • 1096 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Design docs help to reduce risk, document decisions, and align on technical choices.
  2. Make design docs concise with only essential information for decision-making to ensure they get read and progress smoothly.
  3. Get individual feedback first before group sessions to make the review process more efficient and effective.
Tech and Tea • 279 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Career history interviews provide valuable insights into a candidate's learning capacity, adaptability, and mindset over time, beyond just current abilities.
  2. In a career history interview, ask structured questions for each job/project to understand achievements, challenges faced, relationships, and reasons for leaving.
  3. Look for communication style and red flags like poor communication, lack of awareness, and negativity during career history interviews to assess candidate suitability.
Leading Developers • 39 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. Acquiring new skills through new challenges can be exciting and lead to unexpected career paths.
  2. Transitioning from a technical role to sales doesn't mean losing technical skills - understanding the product deeply remains crucial.
  3. Sales engineering roles offer variety, immediate value, and potential for lucrative rewards, but require strong communication and collaboration skills.
Game of One • 216 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Reframe work as a series of experiments rather than a predetermined job trajectory
  2. There are three common narratives of success: early commitment, late bloomer, and mastery through uncertainty and career changes
  3. Experimentation with work is crucial, but modern work structures often make it difficult to explore new opportunities
Original Jurisdiction • 255 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Consider clerking after law school if you're planning to go into litigation - it's a valuable learning experience, helps build relationships, and is prestigious.
  2. If you plan to do multiple clerkships, consider clerking for different types of courts to gain varied experiences.
  3. Clerking might be less valuable if you're aiming to be a transactional lawyer, but clerking at the Delaware Court of Chancery could be more relevant to your career.
A Bit Gamey • 23 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Building connections through uncommon commonalities can create strong bonds that stand out and make one fit in.
  2. Demonstrating value to employers by focusing on what you can offer them rather than what they can do for you can lead to opportunities.
  3. Developing a personal brand through online presence, like optimizing LinkedIn profiles and creating personal websites, can enhance job prospects and credibility.
The Leading Sapiens Weekly • 29 implied HN points • 15 Feb 24
  1. Everyone has some level of political awareness in the workplace, but it varies in understanding and application.
  2. Reading involves understanding the external world and organization, while carrying focuses on ethical behavior versus manipulation.
  3. Owls are wise in politics, balancing awareness, integrity, and interpersonal skills.
Software Design: Tidy First? • 1123 implied HN points • 08 Dec 23
  1. Kent Beck's role in enhancing engineering teams for growth and prosperity by working on product features and tool building.
  2. Kent Beck's impact through research and publication on software design, attracting new recruits and revolutionizing design ideas.
  3. Kent Beck's personal relationships and pair programming sessions significantly improving engineering skills and career prospects of individuals.
High ROI Data Science • 176 implied HN points • 23 Jan 24
  1. Success in the new work world requires being forward-looking and prescriptive, not just reacting to trends.
  2. Manufacturing luck involves positioning early in emerging trends to have more opportunities and be better prepared.
  3. To stay relevant, focus on upskilling in areas that align with future trends and combine vision, follow-through, and productivity.
Lenny's Newsletter • 5228 implied HN points • 04 Jul 23
  1. First-round interviews are designed to filter out candidates who may not be a good fit for the role.
  2. Prepare for interviews by organizing your career story, walking down memory lane, and learning behavioral frameworks.
  3. Ask high-quality questions at the end of the interview to showcase your interest and stand out as a candidate.
moontower: a stoner dad explains options trading to his kids • 235 implied HN points • 14 Jan 24
  1. Focus on being altruistic and a positive presence in the world, putting in the work and solving real problems.
  2. Believe in yourself to become the best version of yourself, even when faced with doubts.
  3. In a competitive investment landscape, understanding the job's challenges and rewards can help determine if it's the right fit for you.
Elena's Growth Scoop • 1474 implied HN points • 17 Oct 23
  1. Career blues are real and can leave you feeling tired, unfulfilled, and restless.
  2. Regularly reevaluate your job and career options to ensure you're in the best possible position.
  3. Explore different avenues like public speaking, newsletters, contracting work, and advising to complement your full-time job and avoid career stagnation.
Suzan's Fieldnotes • 98 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. María de Antón transitioned from Head of Customer Success to Product Manager by following her instincts and overcoming imposter syndrome.
  2. Transitioning from customer success to product management involved a shift from talking with customers to creating joyful product experiences.
  3. As a leader considering switching functions, trust your cross-functional skills, seek necessary training, and have confidence in yourself.
Pekingnology • 18 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Researching and shaping narrative around Chinese students studying abroad and their contributions in China.
  2. Providing insights into policy of attracting global talent and developing international talent studies.
  3. CCG's commitment to understanding and promoting the role of global talent in contemporary society through extensive policy research and initiatives.
High Growth Engineer • 464 implied HN points • 27 Aug 23
  1. Collaboration with product managers and designers can be challenging due to differing priorities and project impacts.
  2. Engineers often face the dilemma of balancing what they can do, what the PM wants, and what the PM thinks they can do.
  3. Maintaining a good relationship and meeting deadlines are key aspects of being a favored engineer among product managers and designers.