I had coffee with Sri and had intresting talk with him over career development. Wanted to share with you all.
Sriram Nagratham is appointed as a IBM Distinguish Engineer. I am thankful to him taking out time from the busy schedule to help address some of his thoughts. Following are extracts of my conversation :
Q.How does it feel being promoted as a Distinguish Engineer in these challenging times. ?
Sri: Thanks for helping me reach out to our technical community. I must say I am humbled and honored . I have always strived to exceed expectations and will continue to do so.
Q. What is your message for technical career planning ?Sri: If you are able to align your technical expertise with strategic requirements of your company & customers and continue to focus on the technical leadership - it will put you on the fast track.
Q. Any service industry specific message ?
Sri: Absolutely. Focus on our customers tactically and strategically, focus delivering value to them and always embrace change. Continue to develop skills which are combination of sector and technology. Deep sector skills combined with technology skills is what will make you different.
Q. Your advice to folks in Telecom sector ?
Sri: Telecommunication is a foundational industry. It provides many foundational services that a lot of other industry sectors rely on. Enjoy being in it.
Q. What are your thoughts on mentorship program ?
Sri: My mentors have been critical to my career . I strongly believe that mentoring is critical to the growth of technical professionals. I strongly encourage employees to have mentors and at the same time have protegees to help early tenure employees.
What's more important than anything else is to be a good human being, stay happy and try to include good values within our daily lives. On a different note, do read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in your free time.What's more important than anything else is to be a good human being, stay happy and try to include good values within our daily lives. On a different note, do read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in your free time.