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  1. Gaze

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    What have you learned from your job/career?


    or What has working in your different work environments taught you?


    What lessons have you learned from your jobs/work/careers, including positive or negative experiences.
     
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    My flippant answer is "other people suck"
    My not so flippant answer is that in order to work successfully with others, I have to want to. Compromise and cooperation are mighty fine ideals but in real life tend to boil over into conflict and being territorial.
     
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    I've learned that I would much rather work in a position/company that directly benefits a person(s) rather than contribute to a company's bottom line.
     
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    MindYourHead Courage doesn't always roar.

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    No matter how many people proof read a job, a major typo will jump off the paper after it is off the press.

    Seriously though, by working in customer service and sales I have learned how to overcome much of my social shyness.
    It's still there, but I can switch to an alter ego if you will.
    In the beginnning I was terrified to even answer the phone at work.:m162:

    I've learned that unless you are in the business of saving babies, nothing is all that important to get worked up over.
     
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    In the military, I learned that it is a very poor profession fit for an INTP. I went against authority (both passively and agressively) every chance I got. Be that as it may, I still got a lot out of it. I learned to be more extraverted and deal well with people. I learned a lot of leadership skills that I am still able to use to this day. Convincing somebody to cross a minefield or move forward while under fire takes a little more persuasion than just spouting off an order. It also strengthened my J quite a bit, making me better organized and pushing me to follow through with things that I started. I also had the chance to do a lot of interesting things that I'm glad I got out of my system while young ... jumping out of planes, firing really big guns, travelling all over the world ... few regrets there. Also made a lot of life-long friends.


    My current profession of software engineering is much more geared towards my temperament. It is very heavy in the Ti-Ne realm. Probably why a lot of NTs gravitate towards it. I have to be careful though, because I tend to neglect my other functions. Fortunately my Sweetheart gives me ample opportunity to develop my Fe further :) I've learned many things over the course of my second career. A few that stand out are:
    • Integration with third parties usually triples the complexity level of the project, at the very least
    • Micro-managing introverted engineers tends to breed animosity and often passive-aggressive behavior
    • Everybody writes software in a different manner ... there are many good solutions
    • Five years down the road, you're never where you expected to be five years down the road
    • Intelligence is no excuse for arrogance. I've seen some extremely intelligent people who just cannot cut it in a team environment ... hence cannot impart the benefits of that intelligence.
    • You can only work a person so long (usually about 12 hours) before you hit a point of dimishing returns
    • It is impossible to stay idle and rest on your laurels. Technology will overtake you in as little as six months.
    • You can learn something from almost everybody. Few people are complete morons.
     
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    In 32 years of helping do Surgery and taking care of patients in the office enviroment, I've learned a lot.
    Confidence
    Concentration
    Poise under pressure
    Social skills with diverse groups of people
    Persistence
    How to make adjustments
    Understanding the need for very high standards
    Compassion and Patience
    Consistency
     
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    Thx for the responses :)
     
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