Wednesday Aug 15, 2007

Things I tell my mentees (part 1: required reading)

I've had the benefit of being mentored by two VPs at Sun. In return, I've been the mentor for four people at Sun, and I'm seeing some patterns in the things I tell them.

During the first few sessions, I recommend that they read these two books:

Now, the first book was written by a Caucasian male over 50 years ago, so you can take it in that context, but it still holds quite a lot of value. I found out about this book from my first SEED mentor.

The second book, I found on my own, but I was led there by a woman who used to be a career counselor at Sun. I'd just attended a class of hers on personal networking, and we were chatting after it had concluded. She introduced me to the term "personal brand" -- I went straight to my desk, searched on Amazon, and bought the book above. I only wish I'd had it 10 years earlier.

In subsequent installments, I'll give you my recipes for how to get a raise/promotion, how to change careers, and how to succeed when you are working with difficult people.

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I am a Senior Principal User Researcher in Oracle's Middleware division. Essentially, I work with users, customers, and consumers, to try to make the software we create easier for you to use.

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