IDG Connect features George Gray, CTO and VP of Research & Development, Ivenix sharing his career advice for the C-suite.
What was the most valuable piece of career advice that you received? Early in my career a high-level executive advised me to actively manage my career. Of course, as an employee of a company, you want to be doing the right thing for the company and work hard to make the company successful. But at the end of the day, your career will span multiple companies and multiple opportunities within companies. You should always be aware of where you want to be and what you want to do. In the end, this will create a discipline of regularly checking that you’re on the right path and will increase your overall job satisfaction.
What was the worst piece of business advice that you received? I can’t think of one piece of bad advice but can say that, on numerous occasions, I was advised to move in a direction that would have been financially more rewarding but not something that I would find rewarding otherwise. It is important to understand the type of work you find satisfying and stay focused on those things that will continue to energize you throughout your career. Otherwise, you’ll wake up one day wondering how you got there.