March 08, 2019

Golden Triangle of a Career

Sudheer Mamadapur

Sudheer Mamadapur
Vice President/Credit Suisse

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Often times when I talk to the fresh college graduates, or freshers who have just started their careers - I am asked this standard question as to how they can fit in and advance in their careers or what does it take to make a fulfilling career. I have shared the below with all those aspiring job seekers and professionals. This mostly comes from my experience of Software Testing career so far (or more from an IT career perspective) but I think it can be largely applied to any career.

 In my experience, it is these three areas, what I call as the golden triangle to work on constantly and strive to get better at, to have the satisfaction of a promising and fulfilling career:

  1. Technical skills
  2. Domain skills
  3. Soft skills

1.Technical skills

Technical skills are something you acquire from your education, a basic minimum criteria to get you an entry into any company and start your career journey. You would then hone your technical skills to cater to your work specific assignments, learn or gain advanced skills to take on more critical and/or challenging work as you spend more time in the organization. Key here is to leverage your core technical skills to solve day-to-day problems of work assignments & exhibit flexibility. It is important to acquire new & additional skills to suit project specific requirements and keep up with the technological advancements.

 2. Domain skills

Domain skills refer to the core of why or how the actual product you develop is used in real life & basic working knowledge of the product. People with domain skills go on to become subject matter experts (SMEs) in their respective areas of business and eventually, drive the vision and/or strategy for overall product implementation. It takes years to master these skills as requirements constantly change, let alone compliance and regulatory changes, especially if you happen to be in a financial or healthcare industry.

 3. Soft skills

Soft skills are important no matter which profession anyone chooses. Soft skills are about communication, interpersonal, social skills & everything else that enhance your overall profile. In fact, soft skills are the most sought after as you grow up the ladder as you become team leads, managers and executives.

 It is important to focus on the respective area(s) in your careers to learn and enhance these appropriate skills. And it must be done in view of the requirements at the time, especially for technical & domain skills, while soft skills are an ongoing requirement & a necessity.

 We generally acquire technical skills during our education and enhance during the working years to keep up-to-date with the latest happenings in the world. Domain skills are mostly acquired through the work experience. It is the soft skills that are mostly neglected during the education and even through the early working years. It is only when working professionals aspire to make it to the next level that they realize the importance of soft skills. There needs to be more awareness and education about the importance of soft skills in various areas, such as - communication, public speaking, social networking, mindfulness, empathy etc.. There is a plethora of online learning resources available these days to acquire any of the aforementioned skills from the golden triangle.

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Note: I had originally posted this blog on LinkedIn on Feb-7-2019.

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