As much as I love my job, I can’t help to be in my head, wondering, “How does that work?” or “How does that work for me?” I’m not an engineer, but I do live and breathe mathematics. The two things I love the most about my job are the people I work with and the challenges that the people I work with face every day.
For the vast majority of my job, I have to work with people who are very smart, very knowledgeable, and very hard-working. The people I work with are also the people I spend most of my time with, so I like to keep it that way. My favorite part of working with these people is their ability to be flexible and adapt to changes when it comes to the direction of the job.
The fact that most of these people are also engineers doesn’t make it any easier to put a smile on my face. Even though I’m working with incredibly smart, hard-working people, the problems we face on a daily basis are often ones that engineers struggle with the most. It’s like when a child gets a new bike, they get to choose the brand of bike they want to ride.
No matter how good an engineer you are, there’s always going to be a day when you get to work where you have to fix the problem. This is called a “bug day”. Bugs don’t just happen. We all have to deal with them at some point and it’s a good thing to have in your back pocket.
I work for a well known IT firm and I’ve heard this one before. I think a lot of people are trying to make a point that the job in IT is not as hard as it seems, and that its more difficult than they think. However, my experience is that IT is a lot harder than it appears. I have a lot of friends who work in IT and they all say the same thing: We are the smartest people in the world and we should do everything better.
My experience is quite the opposite. As a consultant, I am often faced with a challenge that I feel is too difficult for me to deal with. I see someone saying to me, “I am a really really really really hard worker, and I have a lot of work to do. Is there any way you can help me?” I always say, “Yeah, there is!” Its actually quite simple.
That’s the problem. If you just keep saying I am the best thing since sliced bread every time you offer help, then your advice will end up being taken as a simple “yes”. It’s like trying to get a tattoo on your arm that says “I am a really really really hard worker and I have a lot of work to do” on your forearm.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Can you help me with a problem?” after I’ve just said, “Yeah, there’s a problem.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that kind of advice before and just said, “Okay. Thanks.” It’s so very frustrating.
Well, I think that saying that you cant tell me how to do something is like saying I cant tell you how to do it. And I think that its like telling me how to do something that I can’t do. You know, you just can’t.
I don’t know how you can tell me what advice you give someone else. I think its like telling someone else what to do. You can’t tell me how to do it. But I think if you’re telling someone else that, you’re telling them it just cant be done.