One of the top recruiters of executive and leadership talent in the tech industry, Pat Fitzgerald brings deep and valuable perspectives on today’s battles for talent. In monthly episodes, Pat shares his advice on the new types of skills that businesses are seeking, and the opportunities that talented professionals are looking for. Today, Pat and Bob talk about what is sure to be a tumultuous job market in 2023 and Pat shares what he feels will be the most important skill and ability for job seekers amid that tumult: work ethic.
Episode 12 | Work Ethic in 2023
The Big Themes:
- The WFH challenge for young talent: creating a personal network and building personal credibility are incredibly important early in a career, and Pat worries that young people are not getting the networking and mentorship opportunities that working shoulder-to-shoulder offers.
- Work ethic in today’s world: Pat defines work ethic not as being the first-in, last-out team member, but rather the cultivation of a reputation among bosses and peers as someone who always gets the job done and gets it done right.
- Responsibility and accountability: the only person who is responsible for the success of your career is you. Some companies and bosses are terrible, but there are still lessons to be learned and experience to be had. Make the most of every job.
The Big Quote: “It takes a full time job to find a good job. It takes a full career to manage and navigate the right career. You’re gonna make mistakes… Learn how to actually build a career, a work ethic, and be able then to navigate how you want to manage your career.”
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