5 more skills that are good to have
When at the top of your game, it can be frustrating to work with junior colleagues who make all the mistakes you used to make. Rather than get annoyed, get into mentoring and help them on their way; it’s win-win for everyone and the time you spend mentoring will show you in a good light when grabbing a senior position.
Organising events isn’t for the faint-hearted – booking venues and speakers, drumming up publicity and ensuring guests have a great time is a lot of work. If you’re prepared to put in the time and effort, however, you’ll not only raise your profile, you’ll also catch the attention of employers in need of staff that can set up events for them.
If you can speak another language then not only can you deal with foreign clients, you can also up sticks and go where the bigger wages are. According to Balderton Capital’s ( www.balderton. com) European Talent Report, the UK is lagging fourth in developer pay; head to Denmark, Norway or Switzerland if you want to maximise your income.
Willingness to learn
“You’d be surprised at how much of a one person, one job attitude we get these days,” says James Huckle. It’s easy to get stuck in a silo mentality. But if you’re willing to learn fresh skills and deal with stuff that isn’t strictly your problem, you’ll become a valuable employee and your career might head in new directions.
Know what good looks like
If you have an eye for quality and you’re willing to fight for it, employers want to know. “We’re looking for people who can come in with the credibility and expertise to know what good looks like and who are assertive enough to poke holes in solutions, say they don’t agree and bring their opinions to the table,” says Zone’s Kate Taylor.