1. BE PREPARED
If you want to come across as professional, you had better be prepared. There is nothing more disappointing than failing to answer a question or failing to provide your anticipated deliverables. Moreover, if you want to get ahead of the rest, you should exceed the expectations of ‘the people’. This can sometimes be as easy as preparing a little bit more, in order to have all your bases covered. In our job roles this might mean studying technologies and techniques and being able to present the best approach.
Besides the beautiful deliverables we’re working on, there is another moment in our culture during which we are able to shine: meetings. Whenever you have a meeting, take some time beforehand to clarify for yourself why you are there. Go over the agenda and mark down the important points. If you want to state your case for something, you should have your arguments ready. It also does not hurt to imagine beforehand what other people’s reactions might be to your proposal. However, think twice before you start inviting people for a meeting. Time is money, and putting a bunch of people in one room better be worth the total amount of hours it takes up.
2. BE INVOLVED
The ISC is just a year old, which means that a lot of aspects of our organisation are still taking shape. This also means that you can still have a say in how things will ultimately be. So, don’t shy away from giving your opinion. When you do give your opinion, however, make sure that you state your case to your best ability (be prepared!).
Going outside of your job description does not only aid in bringing something extra to your colleagues and you, it also helps you to develop new skills. These skills might come in handy in a future role. The great thing about working for such a young organisation is that you have a lot of opportunities to develop skills that you would not develop in an ordinary development/testing job. However, it does require some true involvement. You will find, though, that what goes around, comes around.
3. BE RELIABLE
Within your job role, or perhaps one of the before mentioned special endeavors, you should always stick to your promises. If people count on you, you had better not let them down. It is easy to say that you will deliver, but make sure you commit to it. Otherwise your name will be besmirched before you know it, and it is hard to get rid of this stain of unreliability. So, in short, deliver where you promise, and if you can’t, let it be known in due time.
4. BE CONNECTED
Networking is important, and the efforts you put into connecting with other people will almost certainly pay off at some point in the future. Knowing more people means that you have more possibilities for getting things done. You will be more resourceful in solving problems at hand. Next to that, you can see more opportunities, where others can’t see them because you know the guy who is the missing piece of the puzzle. A good network works two ways, next to knowing people that might be able to help you, people know you and know what you can do for them. This might yield some pretty rewarding experiences in the future as well.
5. STAY CURIOUS
Working in a young and vibrant center, it is expected of us that we stay on top of developments and that we are curious about what’s out there. What can help you and is a must-know in your job role or project? By staying up to date, you can go the extra mile more easily, impress your clients and by extension do well in your job.
6. ENJOY YOUR WORK
Lastly and most importantly: nothing is more important than going to work with a smile on your face. For me this means cycling to a beautiful office in the center of Groningen with 75 like-minded young individuals, where I get challenged and learn something new every day.