I know what I know and I don’t know what I don’t know. My mentor, Carlos Aued, would often use that phrase during our regular discussions.  I find that many believe they know what they really do not know.

 

When it comes to technology, specifically around computers, OSes, Networks, etc.; everything is vast.  You can become an expert in one area and know nothing about another.  Careers can be seen in a similar light.  What applies to a developer may not apply to network engineer or a project manager, but for the sake of argument, let’s say they did – there’s still much difference from country to country.

 

Being in Asia has given me a lot more perspective in the culture, work styles and challenges that are common to the region. In the past, much of my thoughts and opinions came from a very American perspectives and how career challenges could be tackled back home.  Today I would offer a much different approach.

 

I recently spent a week in Thailand and met with the local sales team.  We talked quite a bit about career, challenges, opportunities, etc.  The time spent was eye-opening as I got to learn quite a bit about the Thai market.  Considering that many readers are from other countries, I want to share career suggestions from Cisco leaders in various countries.  If you post your career or certification question and your country; I’ll do the legwork to find someone to share their perspective.  Leave a reply on what interests you.

 

What challenges do you have in your career?  What questions do you have about careers or certification specific to your country or region?  What have you learned about careers or building your career that you might want to share with others? I look forward to hearing from you and I’m sure others do too.