Moving Your Career Up the Value Chain: Building Specialized Development Skills in a Global Economy
Stephen B. Morris
IT complexity is growing fast in most jobs. Jobs that traditionally required few skills now demand an increasingly broad range of abilities. This reflects the requirement for broader skill sets and increased worker flexibility. Surviving as a worker today is all about managing extra responsibilities and an ever-increasing range of day-to-day duties.
You can earn more, learn more, and go further in life by moving up the value chain—a broad term that represents the way in which your skills widen and deepen over time. In the workplace, you move up the value chain by acquiring and applying relevant new skills and knowledge and then using them to rapidly solve difficult problems.
You can prepare yourself for the growing levels of commitment and flexibility demanded by your employment. Moving Your Career Up the Value Chain will help by teaching concrete methods of evaluating your current position and striking forward to make improvements. You'll learn how to:
Pick an area of specialization
Enlist mentors for help along your path
Use technology to your advantage
Improve your planning and time-management skills
Practice active learning to develop new skills
Put your new skills to work in the marketplace
They say every journey begins with a single step. It is the same thing with moving up the value chain. There is no single destination in this journey. There are always areas in our lives where some improvement is warranted. Moving Your Career Up the Value Chain will help you find those areas and make the necessary improvements to propel your career—and life—to the next level.