• Emily Malone

Learn while you earn: kickstart your career in tech

While recently clicking through variety of random things on YouTube, I came across something called the Law of Attraction (LOA). At first, I thought this was something to do with dating; but no! This is a way to manifest the things you want in your life by thinking about them. I had to watch on. It all sounded amazing, the correct positive thoughts and visualisations, and everything can be yours. Wealth, health and happiness, guaranteed! Unfortunately for me. I’m of an age where I was taught to “never trust a hippy”! And this all sounded a little “new age” to me.

Now, after saying all this bunkum, there are certain aspects that do have value, or at least, they are worthwhile doing. Visualisation does have positive benefits and is used in practices such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). In fact, sports people regularly use this technique before an event to see the outcome they want.

Getting things done

Where this LOA falls down for me is: action. To get results, you need to do something! Just thinking positive thoughts won’t change your life. But, doing things will! However, where LOA and NLP have some real validity, is the believing you can do the thing you want. After all, if you don’t believe you can do the thing you want to achieve, you’re likely to fail.

So, as much as I’m not buying that the universe will bring you what you desire because you know what you want and can see this in your mind —knowing what you want, believing you can do it, then actually doing it, will bring results. All sounds quite simple really; we should all be successful. But it is. Obviously, a little common sense needs to be applied.

The learning process

When I took over as the MD at oe:gen, I knew I had a lot to learn about leading, but I had a good idea of what I wanted to achieve for the business as a whole. I certainly believed in myself. It was then acting on that and doing stuff. The more time you spend doing the thing, the better you will get. And don’t worry about mistakes, they’re part of the learning process. Having a clear vision of what you want to do is important, as the more detail you have, the clearer the picture is.

If this is your company vision, then it’s easier to get this across to your team to help you deliver it. And when it comes to doing it, I give them the same message; try things, make mistakes, learn, then move on. Rinse and repeat. Empowering the team in this way means they are developing quicker and have real buy in with where we are going as a business. We are already starting to see improvements in production and ways of working (WoW) because the team are totally bought into this. And they’re all really talented too!

Learn while you earn

This week sees International Women’s day take place (8th March), and we’ll be getting some stuff out there about it. We’ve got a good percentage of awesome female colleagues, but we’re looking for more to be joining us this year — hopefully in the delivery of Salesforce solutions. The ultimate would be to get a female APEX developer. If that sounds like you, please get in touch!

I’ll also be giving a presentation in a local school this month where I hope to inspire the female sixth-formers about the benefits and opportunities of working in our industry. And to all students, I want to get across that there are other options than thinking you need to go to university to have a great career.

At oe:gen, we hope to take on bright young people who would rather earn while they learn and train them in delivering Salesforce projects. We want to help them go on to have a career that will set them up for life. We’ve got a great team here who are focused on wanting to train young people in our profession and seeing them develop.  If this is something you’re interested in, follow the link below to let us know.