By jordan e. Taylor
The formula for success is always different for each person, however the common piece to every equation is mentorship. Behind every successful person is at least one mentor. Whether you decide to climb the corporate ladder or pursue entrepreneurship, having a mentor will enable you to accomplish your goals faster and with fewer stumbles along the way. Here are some of the perks of having a mentor:
1. Direction – This world is full of talented people, however if they don’t have a plan for their career or business, all the talent in the world will not be able to help them succeed long term. Mentors help you map out where you want your career to go and the steps you need to take to get there.
2. Wisdom – The hardest lessons in life are the ones you learn through your own failures, the easiest lessons are the ones you learn from the failures of others. A great success story is a story about failure, that didn’t end there. Mentors have a wealth of knowledge and information from their years of experience and they’re always willing to share. You can learn just as much from a person’s mistakes as you can from their success.
3. Accountability – It’s easy to see the faults in others and sometimes harder to see them in ourselves. Mentors help you see your professional blind spots- patterns, habits and behaviors that we need to correct in order to become our best selves. They hold us to a higher standard and inspire us to rise to meet them.
4. Connections – A key indicator of whether or not someone will be successful is their network. The people that make up your network can determine your net worth. Your network can help you land that next job, gain new business, give you good referrals and so much more. Having a mentor helps you to expand your network and make more meaningful business connections.
5. Investment – Having someone believe in you is one thing, but having someone invest in you makes a world of different. The best mentors invest in you. Their key investment is their time. Mentors listen to you, teach you, provide helpful insights in situations that are unclear and they give you that needed push to get you to stretch yourself.
Mentors are an amazing combination of life coach, therapist, and friend. Having a mentor transforms your career and positively impacts your life. Once you find a good one, make sure you nurture the relationship so that it can continue to grow.
OpTech launched a new workflow/process automation solution this week – Bionic System Analytics.
A division of OpTech, Bionic System Analytics is cloud-based and focuses on improving and automating tax and financial processes. It leverages OpTech’s AWS analytics platform, its Data Scientists and Bionic Techs.
“Bionic System Analytics can also provide firms with a competitive advantage by identifying patterns in their datasets and gaining deeper insights into the compiled information provided in an easy-to-read dashboard,” says Ronia Kruse, President & CEO of OpTech. “I am excited about this partnership because it brings together both data science and business experience, especially in the field of finance.”
“Our analytics platform can be created in the client’s environment or in the Cloud to allow the integration of transaction level data from multiple systems to design and optimize tax or financial systems. The platform is fully scalable and data can be accessed from anywhere at any time.” says Jim Ramsey, Founder of Bionic System Analytics.
OpTech is an award-winning, professional services firm providing information technology, engineering, healthcare and financial & accounting services to Fortune 1000 and government clients. Based in Southeastern Michigan with offices in the United States and India, OpTech connects our clients to top technical, healthcare and financial talent from coast to coast. For our employees, OpTech offers outstanding career opportunities in today’s hottest technologies and supports the most innovative companies.
By Laura Ziegler
Working in the field of IT talent management and recruiting, we frequently have candidates requesting ways to make themselves more marketable. They want to know, from a first-hand perspective, what skill sets will elevate them to the top of the resume pile. Over the past 20 years, these answers remain the same for the most part: strong interpersonal and communication skills, great work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm. These are qualities that remain timeless and are a necessary component to any candidate vetting. However, we’ve seen a shift in the past couple of years toward a core skill that is becoming more and more important, and the trend seems to continue in this direction – learn to code.
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Our team has seen a trend throughout news outlets and across social platforms. There are articles everywhere expounding on the major changes in the IT world with the movement toward the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Connected Vehicle solutions. Tech is everywhere we look and our connection to tech only continues to grow. Knowing how to code has limitless benefits, and anyone can learn how to do it.
I recently read an article in Inc. about just this topic and the author, Andrew Medal, summed up the necessity of coding by saying “Acting as time travelers, those of us who code, are on the front lines of this revolution – forging ideas, changing the world and disrupting the status quo…Those who don’t code...run the risk of professional extinction.”
It’s clear that so much of the world is adopting this belief. There are toys everywhere that teach children the rudimentary beginnings of coding. There are more and more after school programs that focus on this very skill set, and educational curriculums are shifting to S.T.E.M learning.
Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?
So, these programs and offerings are wonderful for the future of tomorrow, but what about the workforce of today? Can we learn to code, even though computers weren’t necessarily a part of our everyday life as children? The answer is yes, and getting started is not as hard as you think. Here are some suggestions to taking the first step down the path of coding.
Look at taking online classes:
For those of you that are visual learners or prefer a more hands-on approach, there are several kits you can purchase to teach you the basics. Everything from the Kano Pixel Kit https://kano.me/store/us/products/pixel-kit to a Raspberry PI https://www.raspberrypi.org/. There are endless options when it comes to learning to code. Google is a great place to start.
It’s hard to say where the future is headed. Will coding become a thing of the past with the advent of AI? Some skeptics say this is true, but they also say that coding is a stepping stone to whatever comes next in the world of tech. So, whether the articles are depicting the future accurately about the need to code, one thing is certain; it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time investigating whether or not you’d like to add it to your resume as a skill set. It may move you to the top of the resume pile.
Referenced article: https://www.inc.com/andrew-medal/everyone-on-the-planet-should-learn-to-code-heres-why-and-how.html