Another advantage of embracing new skills is that they may bring you in new and exciting professional directions you would not have previously expected. For example, you may find you like software testing better than software development. You may find technical management more interesting than being a hands-on techie. Alternatively, you may find that after giving a few presentations or managing a small team that you truly love being an individual contributing techie and want to stay that way. All of these situations have value to you as a person and as a professional. It is, of course, great to find something new and exciting to move toward professionally. It’s also, however, of great value to try something and decide it’s not really right for you. This second case teaches you a little about yourself and removes a “what if I did that” from your professional journey.
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Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.
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