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McGraw-Hill Education CIO: IT Career Tips For Beginners

David Wright, CIO of McGraw-Hill Education, shares his advice for new and recent graduates pursuing IT careers.

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Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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10/30/2014 | 3:05:41 PM
Follow your passion, but don't wait for permission
He's right, you must try to follow your passion but it's much easier said than done. Neither IT jobs or most other jobs are designed around an individual's interests and passions. The trick is to align the two, when the opportunity arises, gain depth in a subject area, then broaden it. David Wright is a very well spoken CIO.
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kstaron,
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10/30/2014 | 5:45:12 PM
Ask for additional responsibilities
I like his phrase "Don't let your career manage you." It's hard not to when you are in a job you don't feel passionate about, but it's sometimes possible to ask for additional responsibilities in an area you would enjoy more and slowly back your way out of doing thethings you like the least. It's easy to forget that even in the same job you might be able to focus on different things that you may like better.
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10/31/2014 | 2:30:58 PM
Re: Ask for additional responsibilities
"I like his phrase "Don't let your career manage you." It's hard not to when you are in a job you don't feel passionate about, but it's sometimes possible to ask for additional responsibilities in an area you would enjoy more and slowly back your way out of doing thethings you like the least. It's easy to forget that even in the same job you might be able to focus on different things that you may like better."

Finding time for yourself even in work is important, and if by that means keeping yourself interested in work you like to do rather than work you should do, that boosts up the productivity.
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