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Find Your Fit!


When it come to many things in life people don't really know themselves or if they do, where they fit. This will help start the process

When it come to many things in life people don't really know themselves or if they do, where they fit. This will help start the process

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  • If you don’t steer your life it will be scripted or steered for you


  • 1. Agenda• 5:00 Welcome • Lara• 5:10 Worship • Chris Tomlin• 5:30 Find Your Fit • Erv• 6:10 Market Yourself • Cynthia• 6:55 Break • Bathroom• 7:05 Overcoming • Rigo• 7:45 Ending11/1/2012 1
  • 2. ? Finding Your Fit Erv Thomas 20 October 2010
  • 3. Agenda• About Me• The Problem• About You – Hard/Soft Skills – Personality – Motivators – Career Interests – Passion• About Jobs10/20/2012 3
  • 4. Who is Erv?• BSME, PE, UC Davis• Aerojet – Sr Design Engineer• Intel – Sr Design Engineer – Manager, Leadership & Development – Manager, High School Intern Program• AMD/GLOBALFOUNDRIES – Global Manager University Relations• Mozilla – College Recruiting Specialist11/1/2012 4
  • 5. Who is Erv?• My Book • My Non-Profit – the Well – Four Secrets to Liking • My Company Your Work – Iceberg Consulting – Award of Excellence • Career Coaching – Published in 6 languages • Personal and Leadership Development11/1/2012 5
  • 6. Who is Erv?• Last 10 years as Leadership and Development Manager for Intel taught me a lot! – Top graduating engineers didn’t know themselves – Didn’t really know why they went into engineering – Didn’t have much EQ – Didn’t know much about the world of engineering • Big disconnect between school and industry I now see Intel was really a microcosm of how life is for the majority of students11/1/2012 6
  • 7. First, a Story A Rabbit on the Swim Team?Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world, so they organized a school.They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.The duck was excellent in swimming; in fact, better than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying, and was very poor in running. Since he was so slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that – except the duck.The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because of so much make-up work in swimming.The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed "charlie horses" from overexertion, and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running.The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes, he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there...Each creature has its own set of capabilities in which it will naturally excel – unless it is expected or forced to fill a mold that doesnt fit. Public Schools Newsletter, Springfield, Oregon, 198211/1/2012 7
  • 8. The Problem - Fit10/20/2012 8
  • 9. The Problem - Fit The Work11/1/2012 9
  • 10. Questions• Do you know what you are good at?• Do you know why are you good at certain things and not so good at others?• Do you know what job categories you line up best with?• Do you know where to look for a list of jobs by category?• Do you know how to use all this information to see how it overlaps with the company you want to work at?11/1/2012 10
  • 11. looking-for/• What does “fit” really mean? While there are nuances by role and industry, we found a lot of commonality in our experts’ definitions:• “It’s not about how similar you are to your interviewer. Fit is about having a unique perspective that enhances the team while also proving you’ll get along with the team.”• “All else equal, fit is someone who would make a seamless transition into the department from day one.”• “Fit is someone who has a genuine, demonstrated interest in the company and product on top of a creative approach to the role.”• “Fit is the person I would be most excited to have walk into the office the next day.”• “It’s finding someone that I’ll want to go have a beer or glass of wine with outside the office because they can keep me interested.”11/1/2012 11
  • 12. About You• Know Thyself! - Socrates11/1/2012 12
  • 13. You - Uniquely Made• For You formed my [i]inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for [j]I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My [k]frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. – Ps 13911/1/2012 13
  • 14. You - Uniquely Gifted• 14 Forthe body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am nota part of the body,” it is not for this reason [k]any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason [l]any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be?20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, [m]it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we [n]deem less honorable, [o]on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no [p]division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is [q]honored, all the members rejoice with it. – 1 Cor 1211/1/2012 14
  • 15. You - Passion• Passion – Can’t invent it, only detect it – Gives you more energy the more you do it – It will bring out your best – Something that resonates within your heart, compels you… you can’t not do it 15
  • 16. Your Mission/Values 16
  • 17. Ideally Passion Yourself Be Here Yourself Job Skills/Abilities Job/$11/1/2012 17
  • 18. RealisticallyWork Work Work Passion Passion Passion A B C11/1/2012 18
  • 19. You - PersonalityD Dominance = How you handle ProblemsI Influence = How you handle PeopleS Steadiness = How you handle PaceC Compliance = How you handle Procedures11/1/2012 19
  • 20. You - Personality • From 4 Styles • To 8 Functions Task Focus TP TJ Faster PaceSlower Pace People Focus FP FJ 11/1/2012 20
  • 21. You - Personality11/1/2012 21
  • 22. About You• A Story- my son11/1/2012 22
  • 23. You - Personality C D S I11/1/2012 23
  • 24. You - MotivatorsValue The Drive for• Theoretical • Knowledge• Utilitarian/Economic • Money• Aesthetic • Form and Harmony• Social/Altruistic • Helpfulness• Individualistic/Political • Power• Traditional/Regulatory • Order11/1/2012 24
  • 25. You - Hard/Soft Skills• Hard Skills – IQ Oriented – Rules stay the same – Taught in school & books• Soft Skills – EQ Oriented – Rules change – Not taught well in school, usually learned by trial and error• Which is more important? – Depends on Career choice (Physicist, Lawyer, Salesman)10/20/2012 25
  • 26. You - Hard Skills (~IQ)• Samples – Project management, financial management, budget P&L, contract negotiations, executive leadership, program management, business development, matrix management, outsourcing, merchandising, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, recruitment, talent development, product launch, direct sales, marketing, customer service, sales forecasting, technology management, systems migration, mechanical engineering, production management, process improvement11/1/2012 26
  • 27. A Clue• Revealing a hard skill on your resume or in an interview – Describe the problem or obstacle you solved or overcame – Describe the process how you did it – Detail the impact of the result11/1/2012 27
  • 28. You - Soft Skills (~EQ)• Samples – Ambitious, tenacious, technically minded, articulate, analytical, inquisitive, patient, methodical, collaborative, persistent, diligent, competitive, honest, intuitive, bold, innovative, optimistic, leader, confident, intellectual, passionate, inspirational, adaptable, goal oriented, cooperative, dependable, caring, conscientious, detail oriented, focused, dedicated, organized, strong aspirations towards gaining knowledge, achieving results and exceeding expectations11/1/2012 28
  • 29. You - EQ1) Self-awareness and self-control A) The ability to fully understand oneself and ones impact on others and to use that information to manage oneself productively - impact on others; an accurate understanding of how ones behavior or words affect others - emotional and inner awareness; an accurate understanding of how ones emotions and thoughts affect behaviors - accurate self-assessment: an honest assessment of ones strengths and weaknesses - emotional expression: the ability to manage anger, stress, excitement and frustration2) Empathy A) Ability to understand the perspective of others - respectful listening: listening respectfully to others to develop a deep understanding of others points of view - feeling impact on others: the ability to assess and determine how situations as well as ones words and actions affect others - service orientation: the desire to help others3) Social expertness A) Ability to build genuine relationships and bonds and express caring, concern and conflict in healthy ways - building relationships: the ability to build social bonds - collaboration: the ability to invite others in and value their thoughts related to ideas, projects and work - conflict resolution: the ability to resolve differences - organizational savvy: the ability to understand and maneuver within organizations11/1/2012 29
  • 30. You - EQ4) Personal influence A) Ability to positively lead and inspire others as well as oneself - leading others: the ability to have others follow you - creating a positive work climate: the ability to create an inspiring culture - getting results through others: the ability to achieve goals through others - self-confidence: an appropriate belief in ones skills or abilities - initiative and accountability: being internally guided to take steps or actions and taking responsibility for those actions - goal orientation: setting goals for oneself and living and working toward those goals - optimism: having a tendency to look at the bright side of things and to be hopeful for the best - flexibility: the ability to adapt and bend to the needs of others or situations as appropriate5) Mastery of purpose and vision A) Ability to bring authenticity to one’s life and live out of one’s intentions and values - understanding ones purpose and values: having a clearly defined purpose and values - taking actions toward ones purpose: taking actions to advance ones purpose - authenticity: alignment and transparency of one’s motives, actions, intentions, values and purpose11/1/2012 30
  • 31. Summary Questions• What makes you, you?• Do you know what makes personalities different?• Do you know your passion, your values, your mission?• Do you know what motivates you?• Do you know why certain careers interest you? “Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important, whether he/she chooses to be so or not."11/1/2012 31
  • 32. About Careers11/1/2012 32
  • 33. Realistic11/1/2012 33
  • 34. Investigative11/1/2012 34
  • 35. Artistic11/1/2012 35
  • 36. Social11/1/2012 36
  • 37. Enterprising11/1/2012 37
  • 38. Conventional11/1/2012 38
  • 39. Careers• online.onetcenter.org11/1/2012 39
  • 40. Careers10/20/2012 40
  • 41. The Problem – Finding The Right Match• Knowing Yourself • Knowing the Jobs – IQ and EQ – Realistic – Personality – Investigative – Career Leanings – Artistic – Strengths/Abilities – Social – Motivators – Enterprising – Values – Conventional online.onetcenter.org11/1/2012 41
  • 42. Knowing the Job• Company website – Great info if you take the time to go through everything, even past press releases• LinkedIn – Great info about the people who work there and who will be interviewing you• Glass Door – Great inside info about the company• Online Onet Center • • Great site that lists most every job and how to fit10/20/2012 42
  • 43. Conclusion• You need to know yourself to write you resume!• You need to know the company to highlight your hard/soft strengths in your resume• You need to be able to adapt to the interview in the same way• The more you know about you and the more you know about the job and conveying the overlap properly is the key10/20/2012 43
  • 44. Backup• If internet – – – Rabbit on a swim team11/1/2012 44
  • 45. Questions 1- not at all, 2- somewhat, 3- average, 4- good, 5- excellent1. How well do you think you know yourself?2. How well do you know what career options you have?3. How well do you feel you are prepared to choose your career path right now?4. How satisfied do you think you will be in your career?5. How well are you doing at directing your career path (as opposed to life directing it for you)?6. Are you comfortable with the amount of career options?7. How much do you care about your career right now?8. How well do you know what your passion is?9. Do you feel that it is even possible to figure out how to match your career with your interests/abilities?10. Are you looking forward to starting you career?11/1/2012 45
  • 46. Serving the High “D” Page 46
  • 47. Serving the High “I” Page 47
  • 48. Serving the High “S” Page 48
  • 49. Serving the High “C” Page 49
  • 50. Non-Technical Skills you need to be Successful
  • 51. Agenda• The Traditional Technical Skills• Why do you need Non-Technical Skills?• The Non-Technical Skills• Focus on Listening Skills• Summary• Questions / Open
  • 52. The traditional technical skills• You need to solve complex problems – There are rarely single-step, simple solutions• You need technical skills to design, develop, debug, and deliver products and ideas to customers (internal and external)• You will be evaluated on your technical skills
  • 53. The traditional technical skills• Examples: – Develop a test circuit that validates current moving through an integrated circuit – Write a software routine that verifies real-time output from a PC communications port – Implement a data-mining application on an established database – Re-design an inefficient workstation area on the manufacturing floor
  • 54. Why do you need non-technical skills?• For the test circuit: – you will work with test engineers to understand the process variables• For the software routine: – you will showcase your programming skills to more senior scientists• For the data-mining application: – you will meet with senior management to understand what data they need and when
  • 55. The Non-Technical Skills• Teamwork – identify when it makes sense to call a team together • email is good, but can get convoluted – teams of 5-7 people are typically a good size – be able to work easily with others – be perceived as easy to work with – show leadership when appropriate
  • 56. Non-Technical Skills• Written and Verbal Communication – You need to clearly and concisely get your ideas across • peers, managers, vendors, customers – Be careful with email • powerful, but can be over-used and mis-used – Tailor discussions & presentations to your audiences – Get comfortable speaking in front of others!
  • 57. Non-Technical Skills• Planning, Organizational, Time Management Skills• You will have a diverse set of tasks – 1/1 and staff meetings – mission meetings – weekly / monthly progress reports – lab & manufacturing floor time
  • 58. Non-Technical Skills• You need to plan an appropriate amount of time for each task – this is a learned process• Interruptions do occur. . . – phone calls – peer discussions – senior manager requests (!)
  • 59. Non-Technical Skills• You need to be organized and prepared to deal with the unplanned tasks – regardless of interruptions / unplanned issues, you must stay on track• Re-prioritize tasks as appropriate
  • 60. Non-Technical Skills• Networking – you don’t meet ‘movers and shakers’ sitting at your desk – take advantage of networking events • internships, teambuilding, conferences – always bring the paper • students: resume • professionals: business cards – you find the best jobs through networking...
  • 61. Non-Technical Skills• Flexibility – you will have multiple jobs in your career • you might have multiple jobs your first year! – the company is not doing this ‘just for fun’- it’s business! • programs, products, people change all the time • you need to be prepared to excel in this environment – take on new responsibilities as appropriate • volunteer your support
  • 62. Non-Technical Skills• Dealing with Ambiguity – tasks are sometimes clearly laid out • ex: develop a forecast of spending for 2002 – most times, work is unstructured • ex: develop a process to increase manufacturing efficiency – projects / products start as ideas - you need to put the framework around those ideas
  • 63. Non-Technical Skills• Listening – Effective listening • mutual understanding, comfortable – Ineffective listening • Hurt feelings, lost information, frustration Listening
  • 64. Non-Technical Skills• Stress Management – projects / products have deadlines – deadlines are negotiated up-front, but once set must be hit • your work on a circuit has BIG implications: – Functional Unit – Chip – Packaging – Motherboard / PC – OEM – Consumer
  • 65. Non-Technical Skills• Stress Management – realize that things can and do become stressful – keep your tasks organized and balanced – be prepared to say ‘no’ • say no with data • show tradeoffs – try to attain a work-life balance • exercise, cultural interests, family, friends • company-sponsored events & leagues
  • 66. Summary• To be successful, you need to have good technical skills• You also need to have solid non-technical skills• Organizational, Time Management, Teamwork, Written/Verbal skills• Listening is a key non-technical skill that you now know much more about• Stress management is important
  • 67. Questions / Opens• What questions do you have for me?