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#GHC13. Think Big While You’re Young – Drive Forward in Your Career!. Ketki Warudkar Associate Product Manager, Box @k3tk1. 2013. Starting out. College. First Job. Interesting but not quite perfect. Love It!. ???. Growing & still loving it!. Now what?. …. …. What You Will Need.

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think big while you re young drive forward in your career

#GHC13

Think Big While You’re Young – Drive Forward in Your Career!

Ketki Warudkar

Associate Product Manager, Box

@k3tk1

2013

starting out
Starting out

College

First Job

Interesting but not quite perfect

Love It!

???

Growing & still loving it!

Now what?

what you will need
What You Will Need
  • Initiative
  • Patience
  • Positive Attitude
  • Hard Work
  • A Plan!
phase i

Phase I

What do I want to do next?

explore different roles
Explore different roles
  • Do your own job well!
  • Observe your peers & ask questions
  • Set up a conversation to learn more
learn from mentors
Learn from mentors
  • Find someone your admire
  • Invite them to sit down for a chat
  • Ask about their career & current role!
educate yourself outside of work
Educate yourself outside of work
  • Network with peers in other companies
  • Join a professional organization
  • Attend meet ups and tech talks
  • Read!! Books, blogs, Quora, tweets…
phase ii

Phase II

What’s my goal and how can I show results?

define your goal
Define your goal
  • Choose an interest based on your research
  • Set a realistic timeline
  • Share your goal with those who can help and support you
meet your manager s expectations
Meet your manager’s expectations
  • Be transparent about your goals
  • Don’t assume; ask & clarify
  • Help your manager meet his or her goals
  • Kick ass in your current role!
make your progress visible
Make your progress visible!
  • Share before anyone has to ask
  • Over communicate with frequent updates
  • Strive for results
  • Don’t undersell yourself but be honest
phase iii

Phase III

Be Real with Yourself!

ask for what you want
Ask for what you want
  • Say what you want – no one can read your mind!
  • Find the right people & ask for help – don’t be shy, speak up!
  • Work hardand earn what you’re asking for
maintain the right attitude
Maintain the right attitude
  • Prove your value & potential for growth
  • Don’t give up!
  • Be grateful to the people who help you along the way
know your backup plan
Know your backup plan
  • It is possible that things won’t work out
  • What will you do if the answer is “no”?
  • Examine your priorities ahead of time
put together a strategy then execute
Put together a strategy, then execute!
  • What do I want?
    • Explore different roles
    • Learn from mentors
    • Educate yourself outside of work
  • What’s my plan?
    • Define a goal
    • Meet expectations
    • Share your progress
  • Be real!
    • Ask for what you want
    • Be positive
    • Know your Plan B
remember
Remember…
  • Work hard and work smart
  • No one else is going to manage your career for you
  • You don’t need all the answers now – just the next one!
  • Over communicate: ask questions, share progress
thank you
Thank you!

You can achieve anything you set your mind to!

Ketki Warudkar

ketki@box.com

@k3tk1

@BoxEngbox.com/jobs #ghc13