While articles are frequently published about the challenges of being a working mom, the challenges for working dads have historically stayed off the radar. But as more male millennial professionals step into fatherhood, the importance of work-life-balance for dads has become a hot topic. One 2013 survey revealed that fathers, even more so than mothers, reported unhappiness with the amount of time they had to spend away from their families, and reports since then have boasted similar findings. Luckily for dads working in tech, balance can become a reality.
As an IT consultant, your professional career is marked by many choices, changes, and adjustments. While these career choices don’t consist of choosing between the light and dark sides as is the case for your favorite Star Wars characters, you must strive every day to ensure that your actions and decisions are in line with your ultimate professional goals. In light of the tech talent shortage, which has led to increased opportunities for IT pros, deciding on your path may be more challenging than ever before – particularly if you find yourself faced with multiple contract opportunities. While navigating these multiple offers or opportunities can be tricky, these tips from the battlefront experts will help you “use the force” and land your best IT gig:
There’s been a recent trend in workplace “total wellness” initiatives to shift emphasis from work-life balance, to work-life integration – and we think IT pros everywhere should rejoice. Though the work-life balance camp is well intentioned, the movement still has professionals seeing “work” and “life” as two mutually exclusive, competitive facets. Instead, work-life integration sees “life” as an interaction with multiple domains, work, which has resulted in increased productivity and greater personal satisfaction. For IT pros in particular, the shift comes with many benefits, ultimately resulting in the potential to strengthen your reputation as a consultant.
While you may not be training for the Olympics, every day at work matters for your career success. You could just keep up the status quo, but that won’t even get you to the Olympics (so to speak). Instead of settling for bronze or silver, follow the Olympian path for gold to achieve your career goals:
Find Your Coach
No athlete makes it to the Olympics alone; they have coaches, mentors, family, and friends that help them achieve their goals. Find someone in the company who can mentor you and help you develop into a better person and employee. This can be your boss, another employee at the company, or someone in the same industry. This shows that you are open to development and eager to learn and grow.