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Could you describe one of your typical workdays?

What are some of the different things you usually do throughout the day ? Do you feel like this role gets intense sometimes? What is your go-to strategy if your stuck somewhere on something?

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Joe’s Answer

Working in technology especially software, and more particularly client management/account management is rewarding and challenging. I work for a big data/hybrid cloud company called Cloudera and our technology resides in a platform offering which helps our clients, eg large banks, pharmaceutical companies, large industrial companies solve complex data management problems involving large amounts of data, from very disparate data sources, internal, external, video, social media, streaming in real time, etc.

Done well we can help clients solve major problems both with their clients or with their own internal analytics and metrics review. We provide solutions bot on premise, in the public cloud or hybrid, which give clients the ability to move workloads between on premise (data centers) to the public cloud and back again.

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Angie’s Answer

Hello Jaylann,

My daily routine includes a variety of tasks such as participating in Microsoft Team meetings (virtually), conducting research, documenting project contacts and statuses, hosting and participating in team and departmental meetings, scheduling, task prioritization, meeting deadlines, and engaging in team building activities that focus on culture and diversity, just to mention a few.

Indeed, my role can become quite intense at times. However, I find that the key to managing this intensity lies in good prioritization, a solid understanding of the process, and effective listening and communication skills.

When faced with a challenging situation where I can't immediately find a solution, my first step is to carefully consider the problem. I try to identify what went wrong and then strategize on the necessary steps for correction or improvement. I create a detailed plan from start to finish and then execute it. If the results are not as expected, I revisit the plan and make necessary adjustments. If the problem persists, I don't hesitate to utilize the resources available to me, such as reaching out to colleagues for assistance.
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Mary Ann’s Answer

My typical workday is a combination of meetings and doing work by myself or with a group. My title is Principal Change Manager. What that means is that when the Company is going to change something like a process or introduce a new computer system, I figure out how to get people the information they need to be able to stop doing the old thing and be successful doing the new thing. That usually means I need to figure out what kinds of information they will need. And then, I design the communications plan and write the communications. If training is needed, I design the training and sometimes I deliver the training and sometimes I teach others how to deliver the training. In order to do this, I need to gather information from different people and test what I've written to make sure it's clear and test the training to make sure it makes sense. So, my typical day goes like this.

1. I start the day by reviewing my calendar to see what meetings I have and how much free time I have to work on communications, plans, or training.
2. I look at all my email and the direct messages/group messages I've received. I either provide people the information they are requesting or add their requests to my to do list.
3. Then, I organize my 'to do' list to make sure I do the most important stuff first.
4. After all of my morning planning is done, I go to meetings to gather and share information. This helps me to determine what kinds of information needs to be put in a communication or what needs to be included in training. I also get information about things that are coming up in the next couple of weeks or months so that I can plan for those things too. In meetings, I also provide updates so that people working on the same project as me understand what it is that I'm doing and when they can expect me to be finished.
5. Between meetings, I work on things on my 'to do' list and check them off as I complete them

Some other things that happen, but not everyday are:
Sometimes I go to a class to learn something new or attend a presentation (like a Ted Talk) to hear about how other people do things
Sometimes I meet with people who are newer to the work world to be a mentor and advise them on challenges they are facing

While sometimes things can get a little busy, and maybe even intense, I like to have a lot of variety in my work and I like to always learn new things. When I get stuck, I ask co-workers to brainstorm with me or I ask my manager for advice. Sometimes, I've been working on something so closely, that I can't see other options. And when I ask someone else for their perspective, they see something I'm missing and that can help me to get unstuck.

And, as Abraham said, taking breaks is important. Stepping away to refresh your perspective often results in new possibilities.
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Elliot’s Answer

As a developer, you have meetings. With your boss - to talk about how things are going, things you can improve on, things you want to do (like attend a conference or take a course that will teach you a new skill). Meetings with your team - to collaborate on projects you are working on with others from the same team or other departments in the company that need your help. You'll work on things on your own by yourself - contributing independently on the work tasks themself. These are common daily tasks for a software developer.
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Abraham’s Answer

I typically pause and step away from what I'm currently working on! I give myself the opportunity to view it from a fresh angle. It's a wonderful way to encourage new insights and ideas.
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