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how long did it take you to get where your at today?

how long will the whole process take

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Adeel’s Answer

I'd say 10 years to be an expert at anything at least in technology. Your mileage may vary in other fields. That being said, everyone has a different path.

I've taken quite a few detours. I started in computer engineering, went down the systems engineering path, then software development and landed in cybersecurity. I've said this to many people, life isn't a linear path - neither is "time" (you can google that). I've followed my interest over time and it's worked out ok for me. Follow what you are interested and passionate about. If you're passionate about something you'll do well in it. I'll leave you with a couple of other words of advice:

- Don't focus on your weakness, focus on your strengths and really work on making those stronger
- Your journey is your own - no other person has walked that exact path
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Paul’s Answer

For me it took three decades.

Nothing comes easy. I suppose a number of elements effected my rise, this included the state of the economy, how well investments and the stock market were doing, the health of the job market, and resources and opportunities available.

For each person it will be different. Opportunities will differ depending on the career choice. It also depends on your physical health. The Contingency Theory is at play, when it comes to this question. It really all depends on the elements that are influencing your life.
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Glory Chiamaka’s Answer

Life is a journey; getting to where one wants within a short period depends if the person knows what he/she wants thereby set goal(s) and works towards it.
It took me 11 years after college to obtain university degree. For me life is about discovery, not sure of what I wanted I had to explore a lot of other paths before I got here as a website developer.

The journey has no particular or specific time / period to measure when one will get to the desired destination - each person has a unique path and the time varies widely.

Best of luck
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L’s Answer

That is a great question! I don’t know how anyone can really measure when they’ve “made it’ unless there was a specific goal they were measuring against. That said, I will say your goals in life will change as you grow and change so what may have been your goal at 20 will change at 25 and so on. It’s good to have goals for where you are at today in order to keep moving and growing in whatever way is important to you and knowing that as long as you are doing that you are ultimately going to always be “making it”. Hope that helps!
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Dustin’s Answer

A great question, but without a simple answer. Everyone's path is different, which is more true now than ever. I started my career in a Human Resources call center about twenty years ago and today manage a pretty large organization. But I had steps in my career as a business analyst, in consulting roles, in sales; it's a whole unique journey. My best advice is to try some things! Get a job and do well at it. Be willing to raise your hand to try new things, and volunteer to help a little bit extra compared to your peers and colleagues. Say yes when offered opportunities to stretch your skills and learn while doing. And remember that many folks that seem like they know what they're doing are often making it up as they go and doing their best. And in many scenarios, that's totally okay!
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Afrad’s Answer

Hi Mario!

I'd call it a journey, many times of which the trip is as rewarding as the destination itself. Some know exactly what they want to do, they study that field, begin working in that field and that's that. They knew what they wanted, went after it and achieved it.

For others, its more of a discovery. They think they want to do something but not sure, so they explore it. In doing so, it takes them down different paths, many times of which they end up finding something they like. This was my personal experience and how I came to be doing what I am today. If you like many things, it is okay to explore them and eventually your passion will surface. And its suggest a great moment when you do realize exactly what you're passionate about, and can then direct your energy in a more focused manner.

In short, the time frame varies widely but knowing what you want to pursue and the amount of effort you put in it, will help you achieve faster.

Best of luck!
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Katia’s Answer

Such a great question! And I can see there are already some great answers. Reflecting on my own path, it's clear that it's been far from linear. I started my career in recruitment at a staffing firm twelve years ago. At one point, I took a leap that might have seemed like a demotion, moving to a big tech company and going to in-house recruitment. However, that decision turned out to be a pivotal moment. It allowed me to expand my network, connect with incredible people, and ultimately led me to the company where I've now been for the past ten years. I ended up leaving the tech company because I didn't feel as though I had the freedom to be creative and change processes that seemed broken. I had shared this confidentially with some trusted colleagues and they actually referred me to another company I had never heard of. Fortunately for me, I ended up getting a role at that company and because it was much smaller, had a lot more ability to take ownership of projects and create new processes that I otherwise would never have had the opportunity to at a bigger, most established company. Now, I have been at this company for 10 years and not only created my role which did not exist prior to my time here, but have been promoted over the years from a coordinator to a global senior manager with a team of 12.

This journey has taught me an invaluable lesson: success is not always about taking the most direct or traditional route. It's about embracing opportunities, even if they don't seem to align with your initial plan. Sometimes, those unexpected detours lead to the most remarkable destinations.

When you do something you're truly passionate about, it becomes your driving force. That intrinsic motivation is a powerful tool for success. Just remember that if you pursue something you are passionate about- the success will come. If you do not know what your passion is yet, try everything and talk to those in your network to learn about their experiences in different roles.

Remember- each experience, whether it feels like a step forward or backward, contributes to your growth. Don't be discouraged by setbacks; they often lead to the most significant breakthroughs. Good luck in your journey!
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Jacob’s Answer

I can provide advice on the concept of personal growth and achievement.

The time it takes to achieve your goals can vary significantly depending on several factors:

1. Goals: The complexity and scope of your goals play a significant role. Smaller, short-term goals can often be achieved more quickly than long-term, ambitious ones.
2. Effort and Dedication: How much time and effort you commit to your goals matters. Consistent dedication and hard work can speed up your progress.
3. Resources: Access to resources, such as education, mentorship, and financial support, can influence the pace of your journey.
4. Learning Curve: Some goals may require a learning curve, where you need time to acquire necessary skills and knowledge.
5. External Factors: External circumstances, like economic conditions or unexpected life events, can also impact your timeline.
6. Adjustments and Adaptations: Be prepared to adjust your plans and adapt as needed. Flexibility is key to overcoming challenges and moving forward.
7. Patience: Understand that meaningful achievements often take time. Patience is crucial as you work towards your goals.
8. Milestones: Break your long-term goals into smaller milestones. Achieving these milestones can provide a sense of progress along the way.
9. Continuous Learning: The journey towards your goals is often ongoing. Learning, growing, and evolving are important aspects of personal development.

It’s essential to remember that there is no fixed timeline for success. What matters most is your commitment, persistence, and willingness to adapt and learn as you progress towards your goals. Stay focused, celebrate your achievements along the way, and keep moving forward at a pace that suits your individual circumstances and aspirations.
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April’s Answer

Hello! As an someone who didn't attend college, my journey to professional success was somewhat lengthier than most. Now, with eight years of experience under my belt, I can say it took me five years to truly establish myself in my field. This involved a lot of networking and a clear understanding at each stage of what I found fulfilling or unfulfilling, and who I had within my network to support me. Everyone's path is unique, so it's important not to measure your progress against others. The key is to have clear goals and break them down into manageable, achievable steps. Keep a record of these steps and consistently work towards accomplishing them.
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Yanna’s Answer

Becoming an expert in any field generally requires around five years of dedicated study and practice. However, if you're highly motivated, you could potentially become quite proficient at a job in just two years. The timeline for establishing a career can vary widely based on the field, but on average, you might expect it to take around a decade.
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Katherine’s Answer

Hi! I'm currently on an exciting journey towards earning my master's degree, a two-year endeavor, following my four-year bachelor's degree. A few years ago, I was unsure about attending graduate school, but here I am now, even switching my area of study. Remember, your professional journey is unique to you and depends on factors like where you started, your educational journey, your determination, and your career aspirations. It's common to spend 3 to 4 years obtaining a basic education through a bachelor's degree. This is usually followed by the time needed to create a solid portfolio, land your first job/internship, and ultimately become a professional. However, this timeline can fluctuate greatly based on your personal situation and goals. The processes of continuous learning, adaptation, personal growth, and career development never truly end. They are ongoing and dynamic. Here's wishing you all the best as you embrace this exciting journey! :)
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