The 5 Truths of Career Success


Remaining relevant in a changing economy

Earlier this month, we fortunate enough to have Kris Stadelman, Director of NOVA Workforce Board on our panel of experts at the Second Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum, and prior to that, her colleague Luther Jackson joined us for our First Greater Boston IT/Tech Forum. Kris, Luther and the NOVA team have become valuable thought partners as we examine ways to implement innovations and best practices to address the needs of employers and workers within our communities. Some key learnings that have already been influential for the Greater Boston IT/Tech Consortium come from NOVA’s TechLadder Initiative, including the 5 Truths of Career Success.

Below is an excerpt from Bay Area Tech Career Advancement Initiative Final Report released in April, 2015 by NOVA workforce investment board.

Getting a job is only part of the battle. Economic sustainability requires a career focus and the ability to continually grow and adapt to new technological and economic challenges. Successful tech workers must have career navigation skills. In its April 2014 report, Bridge to Career Success, TechLadder identified five key factors for career success that extend beyond technical skill proficiency. These “5 Truths of Career Success” (detailed below) are building blocks for developing personal leadership, entrepreneurism, confidence and self-efficacy, the traits that tech employers value.

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Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?

This weekend, the Boston Globe ran an article that put a human face on the impact of the proposed workforce training and job placement program cuts in HR1.  In essence:

  • Most if not all of our state’s 37 career centers would close.
  • Hundreds of thousands of dislocated workers and the long-term unemployed in Massachusetts alone would lose training and re-employment resources.

This morning, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) released its Business Confidence Index, which revealed that while business confidence improved in March, employers are now concerned with their ability to fill positions with qualified candidates.  In fact 52% of respondents said they had experienced difficulty filling positions, even in this time of high unemployment, and that the biggest problem was the lack of people with required skills–both soft skills and more technical skills–in the applicant pool. Continue reading “Does the left hand know what the right hand is doing?”