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How Learning New Skills are Enormously Pivotal to Your Growth

Career Path

17 May, 2021

Ezequiel Aguilar
Ezequiel Aguilar

Senior Principal Product Manager at Red Hat

Ezequiel Aguilar, Principal Product Manager at Red Hat, shares how learning new skills becomes a source of great accomplishment, and this feeling is one of the best motivators.

Problem

Starting my career as a developer in the IT field to becoming a Principal Product Manager, I think it’s safe to say that learning, growing and sharing my knowledge are what keeps you going. Being a manager has also made me a mentor. In that regard, I find many mentees to be in a common dilemma: what does it take to be successful in the IT sector? The constant transformation of the IT industry has put many into a problematic situation, and each option looks equally bad.

Actions taken

Based on my experience as a developer, I always keep telling myself how it is important to keep adding and learning new skills. Even though things were ridiculous around me, I always tried to find something interesting and pursued in that direction. All it took for me was to investigate what I needed to have to go in that way.

It is very important to identify the skills and experiences that I bring to the table. The best way to do this is through education and experience. When I speak of experience, it can come from some voluntary activities or even from the role I am in now. The ultimate goal is to grow and keep growing.

What's worth mentioning are the unique benefits of one-on-one meetings and training. It is not an organizational requirement, but one-on-one meetings are something that I believe we should exercise. This enables anyone to open up and provide an ideal environment to exchange feedback.

Personally, my signature move is to socialize. Whether it is career events, lunch & learn, or exchanging post-work pleasantries, I never shied away from my interest to grow in my career. Sharing my willingness to grow and understand different areas of the spectrum helped me, and I believe it will help others.

Lessons learned

  • Push yourself to your boundaries to realize what you are capable of. This helps to develop strengths and helps to feel empowered than ever before.
  • Feedbacks might be a bit overwhelming, but in the longer run, it is helpful for learning. It is no surprise that good feedback helps to boost one’s self-esteem.
  • It is important to have a mentor who confirms the powerful positive effect of professional situations. Besides, they help to reduce risks and mistakes at the end of the day.

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