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Future proof your career

Presentation at the 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit in Melbourne, Feb 2018

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Future proof your career

  1. 1. Future Proof Your Career Kate Carruthers Version 1.0 Feb 2018 Classification: PUBLIC
  2. 2. Agenda • Essentials • Office housework • Self understanding • Support network • Power of sponsorship • Impostor syndrome • Actual skills Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 1
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  4. 4. Taking rejection & ignoring it You will be rejected – sometimes because you are a woman, sometimes for other reasons Pick yourself up, regroup and continue Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 3
  5. 5. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 4 Resilience counts – a career is a marathon not a sprint This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY
  6. 6. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 5 Don’t take it personally! This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY
  7. 7. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 6 Find out about yourself
  8. 8. Understanding yourself Take every opportunity to get a 360 degree understanding of yourself Ask for feedback Reflect on your work, assess dispassionately Recognise your strengths and weaknesses Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 7
  9. 9. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 8 Say ‘NO’ to office housework
  10. 10. Office housework People will unconsciously expect women to do it It takes time It distracts you from your mission It adds up over the years Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 9
  11. 11. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 10 Find your support network
  12. 12. Support network Find a work support network Often friends will not understand your work context Sometimes colleagues at work will diverge as you progress Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 11
  13. 13. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 12 Discover the power of sponsorship
  14. 14. Sponsorship not mentorship A sponsor is someone who will advocate on your behalf Mentors are helpful but to get ahead a sponsor can be more useful Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 13
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  16. 16. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 15 Nobody knows you feel like an impostor
  17. 17. Impostor syndrome Nobody knows how you feel ‘Fake it until you make it’ or rather ‘fake it until you become it’ Own your success Don’t compare yourself to others Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 16
  18. 18. The crucial thing about imposter syndrome is that there is clear evidence that you are not an imposter. You have the feeling that you are an imposter but there is evidence that you are not. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 17
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  20. 20. The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein persons of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 19
  21. 21. 21st Century challenges/opportunities Digital revolution AI Machine learning Internet of Things Big data & data science Quantum computing Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 20 New jobs will emerge as technology changes
  22. 22. Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 21 “People skills are more and more important in an era where we have powerful and pervasive technology,” he says. “It sounds counterintuitive, but to beat the bot, you need to be more human.” Paul Roehrig, chief strategy officer for Cognizant Digital Business, https://www.fastcompany.com/40439955/these-are-the-job-skills-of-the-future-that-robots-cant-master
  23. 23. 21st Century skills Problem solving Creativity Analytic thinking Collaboration Communication Ethics, action, and accountability Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 22 https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/21st-century-skills-every-student-needs This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY
  24. 24. Above all… You can have multiple careers Don’t panic Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 23
  25. 25. What we’ve covered • Essentials • Office housework • Self understanding • Support network • Power of sponsorship • Impostor syndrome • Actual skills Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 24
  26. 26. Think about this… Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 25
  27. 27. Thank you Kate Carruthers k.carruthers@unsw.edu.au Feb 2018 Kate Carruthers | 7th Women in ICT & Digital Leadership Summit 26

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