Upgrading Your Technology Career

Authors: Jason Alba, Rob Conery, Jay Mcfarland, Dan Appleman, Stephen Haunts, Richard Seroter, Boris Hristov, Troy Hunt, Kevin Murray, Doru Catana, Lars Klint, Shelley Benhoff

Now that you've landed your dream tech job, it's time to think about what your professional development path may look like. This path is intended to provide practical advice for... Read more

Starting a Technology Career

Learn tips on how to start a career in the technology field.


Onboard Yourself: What to Do After You Land Your Dream Job

by Jason Alba

Jun 18, 2014 / 1h 20m

Intermediate • 1h 20m

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This course helps you take ownership of the onboarding process beyond what HR and your boss will do. This course will help you assimilate into the company culture, understand the political landscape, and gain insight into your company's products and services. Employees who own their personal onboarding process should be more productive and valuable to the company and industry.

Table of contents
  1. Taking Ownership in Your Job
    18m 33s
  2. 30/60/90 Day Plan and Tips to be Proactive
    27m 37s
  3. Beyond the 90 Day Plan
    33m 56s

How to Be a Great Mentee: Get More Out of Mentoring

by Jason Alba

Oct 15, 2015 / 1h 19m

Beginner • 1h 19m

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In this course, we talk about the power of mentoring, and specifically, your role as a mentee. We talk about finding a mentor that is right for you, and asking that person for a mentor relationship. We talk about how to optimize your meetings and communication with the mentor, and how to end the formal mentoring relationship. Implementing ideas from this course should enrich your relationship and productivity with your mentor.

Table of contents
  1. Finding a Mentor and Starting the Mentor Relationship
    33m 10s
  2. Optimize Meetings and Communication with Your Mentor
    27m 58s
  3. Wrapping up Your Mentoring Relationship and Moving Forward
    18m 32s

How to Stay Abreast in the Ever-changing World of Tech

by Doru Catana

Aug 14, 2017 / 56m

Intermediate • 56m

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A problem that all technologists struggle with is staying up to date with all the changes in the industry. There are just so many things to keep track of: trends, influencers, framework changes, best practices, events, and the list can go on. In this course, How to Stay Abreast in the Ever-changing World of Tech, you'll learn a structured solution to that problem that makes staying up to date easier than ever. First, you'll explore some of the core principles and strategies that are utilized in tech to keep your skill set fresh and up to date. Next, you'll cover the SUN staying up to date system, where you'll go over the core components, such as maintaining your skill set, having a constant stream of relevant updates, and networking. Finally, you'll dive into a few examples and step-by-step instructions in setting up your own system, and how to maintain it indefinitely. By the end of this course, you'll have a working system that will allow you to optimize your professional growth. You'll have everything you need to upgrade your skill set efficiently, be aware of all industry changes, and have networking down to a science.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 47s
  2. Course Introduction
    3m 20s
  3. Core Strategies
    10m 20s
  4. How Learning Works and How to Optimize It
    15m 46s
  5. Setting up Your Systems
    13m 51s
  6. Working Systems Samples
    7m 30s
  7. Course Summary
    4m 5s

Maintaining Your Technology Career

Learn tips on how to maintain a career in the technology field.


Working on a Team

by Jason Alba

Jul 2, 2015 / 1h 43m

Beginner • 1h 43m

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In this course, we talk about the dynamics of a team, including the what and why of a team; why teams fail or succeed; team leadership issues such as power and authority, vision, and communication; and other foundational team skills. We share 24 tactics and concepts to help you become a better team contributor, and we discuss ideas for working with difficult people.

Table of contents
  1. Understanding Team Dynamics
    45m 37s
  2. Tactics to Become an Excellent Team Contributor
    28m 52s
  3. Working with Difficult People
    29m 13s

Productivity Tips for the Busy Tech Professional

by Richard Seroter

Jan 8, 2014 / 59m

Beginner • 59m

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Everyone is busy, but some seem to get more done than others. In this course we look at 17 tips -- compiled from the experiences of Pluralsight authors -- for getting more meaningful work done. The tips cover some core principles to follow, as well as day-to-day activities that can help you take control of your schedule and leave behind the overwhelming feeling that many people experience.

Table of contents
  1. Setting the Foundation
    14m 36s
  2. Establishing a Frame of Mind
    15m 46s
  3. Managing Time Effectively
    29m 5s

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

by Stephen Haunts

Sep 9, 2015 / 1h 41m

Beginner • 1h 41m

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The aim of this course is for you to be able to identify and deal with conflict before a crisis occurs. This course is suitable for anyone that works in a team environment, whether you are a manager or not. The course has five main objectives: to identify the different stages of conflict and describe what happens at each stage, to explore your own relationship with conflict and how it can affect performance, to learn how to stop conflict from escalating and move both parties to agreement, to determine your natural style for dealing with conflict, and to understand the process for using negotiation and/or mediation for resolving conflict.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 2s
  2. What Is Conflict?
    10m 53s
  3. Feeling and Needs
    13m 45s
  4. Conflict Resolution Styles and Behaviours
    41m 14s
  5. Negotiation and Mediation
    21m 32s
  6. Course Summary
    9m 55s

Making Work from Home Work for You

by Kevin Murray

Oct 12, 2015 / 2h 27m

Beginner • 2h 27m

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Does your company have the right culture for remote workers? Are you prepared to manage or even be managed in a work-from-home environment? In this course, you’ll learn how to integrate remote workers in your team environment. I’ll show you how the managers should manage, the team should collaborate, and how the remote employee should stay connected. You will also learn about the infrastructure that must exist to support remote workers. See if your company is properly prepared for remote workers. While you’re at it, see how well you are prepared to manage a remote worker or even be one yourself.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    7m 54s
  2. Where Are We?
    25m 6s
  3. Technical Infrastructure
  4. Manager Mindset
    38m 14s
  5. Employee Mindset
    28m 42s
  6. Team Mindset
    29m 49s

Working and Communicating with Different Personalities

by Jason Alba

Nov 23, 2015 / 1h 40m

Beginner • 1h 40m

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In this course, we use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment to help us understand, work with, and influence others. In the first module, we introduce personality assessments and the MBTI and set the foundation for the rest of the course. In the second module, we break down the MBTI results so you can understand the results beyond what looks like just a bunch of mixed-up letters. In the third module, we go into an exercise to help you really understand specific results and apply this knowledge to people you work with, to help you know how to influence and work with them. In the fourth module, we take this information and apply it to YOU. This course is all about helping you be more effective in your communication with, and understanding of, other people.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to the MBTI Assessment
    29m 6s
  2. Breaking Down the 16 MBTI Results
    28m 55s
  3. Working with People Who Have Specific Personality Types
    17m 43s
  4. Using Your Assessment Results for Personal Success
    24m 24s

Time Management in a World of Interruptions

by Boris Hristov

Mar 4, 2016 / 1h

Beginner • 1h

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Nowadays, almost everyone is asking for more time. We started appreciating those 24 hours per day so badly that we are now constantly looking for ways to do more every single day. If you are one of those people, then this course is definitely for you. In this course, Boris shares numerous tips and tricks on how you can become more productive and thus achieve even more in both your personal and professional life. The course is full of practical tips and tricks to use on a day-to-day basis and even though it may initially look like a short course, be absolutely sure that in order to turn everything that you will learn into part of your life, you will need to put in some serious effort.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 12s
  2. Introduction
    2m 57s
  3. Time Management: Personal Tips
    13m 30s
  4. Time Management: Work Tips
    13m 26s
  5. Time Management: Tools You Just Need
    27m 30s
  6. Summary
    1m 54s

Prioritizing Tasks and Managing Time for Greater Productivity

by Jason Alba

Dec 31, 2015 / 1h 55m

Beginner • 1h 55m

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In this course, we talk about concepts and techniques of time management and prioritization, with the goal of increasing individual (and even team) productivity. We start with a good introduction to time management that helps us understand how to feel more in-control of our time and projects. Then, we talk about where we should spend our time, and how we can avoid doing things that are distracting us from our main priorities. When you implement even one of the many ideas from this course, you should see a considerable change in your productivity, and be on the path for more productivity enhancements.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 39s
  2. Introducing Core Time Management Fundamentals
    33m 45s
  3. Benefiting from the Power of Prioritizing
    35m 4s
  4. Becoming More Productive: Prioritizing + Managing Time
    45m 18s

Time Management for Technical Professionals

by Doru Catana

Mar 8, 2016 / 2h 54m

Beginner • 2h 54m

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The mission of this course is to cover, in detail, all aspects of time management. It starts from the core principles, moves on to techniques, then covers communication, be it with self through goal setting or with others through effective meetings. After the essentials of the course are dealt with, we then move on to the micro, management of self, covering willpower, habit creation, and your comfort zone. There are also adjacent topics that impact productivity that are mentioned like exercise, nutrition, stress, and sleep. In addition to all of this, the course also contains a list of software that you can use to boost your productivity and implement efficiently your new skills.

Table of contents
  1. Why Time Management & Course Overview
    5m 43s
  2. Principles & Techniques for Effective Time Management
    48m 10s
  3. Goal Setting & Effective Communication
    54m 43s
  4. Management of Self
    19m 26s
  5. Other Factors
    18m 16s
  6. Time Management & Productivity Tools
    11m 54s
  7. Course Summary & Taking Action
    16m 38s

Keeping up with Technology

by Dan Appleman

Jun 8, 2017 / 49m

Beginner • 49m

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Keeping up with evolving technology doesn't happen by accident - it takes deliberate strategy - what to learn, how to learn, when to learn, and how to compete. It's essential to learn how to keep up efficiently. In this course, Keeping up with Technology, you'll get started on developing your own strategy for improving your learning efficiency so you can win at the technology career race. First, you'll explore different strategies to efficiently keep up with the latest technology. Next, you'll learn which technologies you should keep up with, how to determine when to learn them, and how to find the time. Finally, you'll discover techniques to help you learn efficiently, and how to keep up with technology as a marathon to build a long-lasting career. By the end of this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge to maximize your learning efficiency and time when keeping up with today's evolving world of technology.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 46s
  2. Keeping up Is for Losers
    3m 47s
  3. What Should You Keep up With?
    15m 23s
  4. When Should You Keep Up?
    8m 42s
  5. How Do You Keep up with Technology?
    8m 26s
  6. Who Should You Keep up With?
    11m 35s

Growing Your Technology Career

Learn tips on how to grow a career in the technology field.


How to Be a Great Mentor: Get More out of Mentoring

by Jason Alba

Nov 12, 2015 / 1h 38m

Beginner • 1h 38m

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In this course, we talk about the power of mentoring and, specifically, your role as a mentor. We discuss creating a proper foundation so that you can have optimal communication and direction with your mentee. We talk about your role and how you can prepare to be a better mentor. We talk about mentor meetings, what you can do to enhance them, and communication between the meetings. We wrap-up with ideas on ending the relationship and what to do after the formal mentor meeting. If you implement the tactics from this course, you should avoid some of the common mentoring pains and pitfalls that other mentors/mentees face.

Table of contents
  1. You’ve Been Asked to Be a Mentor, Now What?
    40m 37s
  2. Meetings and Communication as Mentoring Tools
    36m 38s
  3. Wrapping-up the Mentoring Relationship
    20m 54s

How to Speak to Business Leaders

by Jason Alba

Mar 15, 2016 / 2h 7m

Beginner • 2h 7m

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In the first module, we talk about your potential power and influence, and why you should walk down this path of understanding and using business leadership language. Then, we talk about words and phrases in finance, marketing, HR, and at the general executive level. Finally, we'll talk about the surrounding words and phrases to avoid, giving some examples and the reasons why to avoid them.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 49s
  2. Understanding Business Language and Your Influential Power
    27m 4s
  3. Using and Understanding Core Financial Words and Phrases
    27m 38s
  4. Using and Understanding Core Marketing Words and Phrases
    23m 55s
  5. Using and Understanding Core Human Resources Words and Phrases
    12m 18s
  6. Using and Understanding Core Executive Words and Phrases
    16m 43s
  7. Recognizing Counterproductive Jargon and Other Things to Avoid
    17m 46s

Moving from Technical Professional to Management

by Shelley Benhoff

May 19, 2017 / 2h 14m

Beginner • 2h 14m

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This course, Moving from Technical Professional to Management, is for any technical professional who is interested in moving their career into management. Throughout this course, you'll be presented with everyday scenarios and techniques to show your leadership skills. You'll learn how to facilitate communication and organization in your team to properly show off your leadership ability. Next, you'll learn about improving business processes and how that ties into being a manager. Then, you'll learn the different ways you can show that you're reliable, so that co-workers and management are confident in your leadership skills. Next, you'll learn how students can take initiative in your current role as a technical professional. Finally, you'll learn how being fearless will help you move into management. By the end of this course, you'll know how to get middle and upper management to take notice of your outstanding skills and be on your way to landing a promotion to management.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 15s
  2. Introduction
    8m 37s
  3. Facilitating Communication
    29m 28s
  4. Improving a Process
    22m 40s
  5. Being Reliable
    15m 1s
  6. Taking Initiative
    11m 26s
  7. Handling Conflict Management
    12m 57s
  8. Being Fearless
    20m 7s
  9. Summary
    13m 4s

Management 101

by Jason Alba

Jan 12, 2015 / 3h 23m

Beginner • 3h 23m

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Management 101 starts with a foundation of management in general, including organizational structures, addressing problems, incentivizing employees and teams, skillsets managers should have, and personal characteristics that help you be a more effective manager. We talk about issues that new managers face, including how to have more effective meetings, tips to delegate better, and the role of integrity and ethics. We also talk about managing technical professionals, including the concepts of empowering your employees, defining expectations, and getting more value out of annual reviews and written policies. We talk about financial and non-financial incentives, diversity, personality assessments, training, and more.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Management
    1h 15m 50s
  2. Management for New Managers
    57m 40s
  3. Managing People
    1h 10m 4s

Leadership: Getting Started

by Jason Alba

Oct 10, 2014 / 1h 52m

Beginner • 1h 52m

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In this course, you will learn what leadership is and how to develop an action plan to become a better leader. We will learn from world experts on leadership and examine the examples of five current leaders.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Leadership
    25m 31s
  2. Leadership Thought Leaders
    39m 36s
  3. Leadership Examples
    34m 50s
  4. Applying Leadership Principles When You Aren't the Leader
    12m 39s

Creating and Leading Effective Teams for Managers

by Jason Alba

Aug 20, 2015 / 1h 8m

Beginner • 1h 8m

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In this course, we talk about the leading a team to success. We discuss your roles and responsibilities as well as expectations others might have of you. We talk about starting and ramping up a new team. We also go into a number of tactical ideas to help you in your role as a team leader.

Table of contents
  1. Roles and Responsibilities of a Team Leader
    25m 13s
  2. Creating Teams that Work
    25m 3s
  3. Tactics to Manage and Lead Teams to Excellence
    18m 25s

Management Strategies that will Increase Productivity Today

by Jay Mcfarland

Dec 13, 2013 / 3h

Intermediate • 3h

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In this course you will discover that productive and happy employees are not simply hired. Instead, they are the product of effective management techniques. These management principles are easy to understand, exciting to learn, and can be implemented immediately.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    9m 23s
  2. The Employee Job Satisfaction Pyramid
    22m 12s
  3. The Pendulum of Success
    24m 22s
  4. Systems of Accountability - The Fuel of the Pendulum
    58m 43s
  5. Micro-Management - The Pendulum Killer
    23m 53s
  6. The Power of Positive Interaction - The Pendulum Booster
    12m 21s
  7. Resolving Concerns
    20m 29s
  8. Management Strategies Summary
    8m 45s

Owning Your Technology Career

Learn tips on how to own a career in the technology field.


Developing a Killer Personal Brand

by Jason Alba

Jan 7, 2014 / 2h

Intermediate • 2h

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In this course you will learn about personal branding and how it applies to you. We will go over personal branding basics and foundations. We will learn about different tools and platforms to create, enhance and share your personal brand. We will talk about how to empower others to talk about you the right way so you can enjoy the power of "word of mouth" marketing. We will dive into examples of how people have used some of these tools and tactics for their own personal brands. This course is designed to give you empowerment as an employee, business owner, and leader, and be in a position to give more to your network and your job.

Table of contents
  1. The What and How of Personal Branding
    41m 2s
  2. Tactics
    56m 29s
  3. Awesome Personal Branding Examples
    22m 41s

Informational Interviews

by Jason Alba

Jul 31, 2013 / 1h 45m

Beginner • 1h 45m

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Use informational interviews as a powerful tactic to ramp up your networking. Informational interviews are powerful, if done right. In this course we will explore the preparation before the interview, what you do when you are there, and what to do after you have finished the interview.

Table of contents
  1. Before The Informational Interview
    47m 39s
  2. During The Informational Interview
    29m 4s
  3. After The Informational Interview
    28m 49s

Relationship Management and Tracking for Your Career

by Jason Alba

Dec 4, 2013 / 1h 47m

Beginner • 1h 47m

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In this course you will see the value of using personal relationship management software to help you organize personal and professional relationhips, job and freelance opportunities, target companies, and all of the communications you need to track.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Career Relationship Management (CRM)
    14m 49s
  2. Using a Career Relationship Management Tool
    1h 19m 46s
  3. Reasons to use a Career Relationship Management Tool
    13m 18s

Turning the Corporate Ladder into an Escalator

by Jay Mcfarland

Jun 13, 2014 / 3h 30m

Beginner • 3h 30m

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Learn how to use the Escalator Principle to get everyone in the company involved in your next promotion. This course will teach you techniques to employ and techniques to avoid when it comes to moving up the corporate ladder. These ideas are simple to understand and easy to implement.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    12m 6s
  2. The Escalator Principle
    21m 31s
  3. Working With Management
    1h 11m 6s
  4. Working With Peers
    25m 5s
  5. Working With Subordinates
    28m 13s
  6. Strategies to Supercharge Success
    48m 22s
  7. Summary
    3m 56s

Change It Up!

by Rob Conery

Jun 27, 2013 / 53m

Beginner • 53m

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In the late spring of 2014, Rob Ashton visited the Tekpub offices in Hawaii and Rob Conery sat with him and discussed the career shift he was currently going through. Rob dropped everything - his current job, his apartment, most of his possessions - and got on a train headed for Scotland. From there he began his odyssey: traveling the world and coding for free. His only request was that you pay for his travel expenses and put a roof over his head. This might not be the path for everyone - but it's inspiring to hear Rob's story about taking control of his life and career, giving himself the freedom to choose what he wants to do. I found this story highly inspiring - and I hope you do to.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 37s
  2. Planning
    24m 42s
  3. Execution
    23m 56s

How to Get Your Next Promotion

by Jason Alba

Sep 17, 2015 / 2h 5m

Beginner • 2h 5m

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In this course, we talk about your career roadmap, and going from that roadmap to a plan you can implement. We talk about the soft skills to work on, and how to work on them, as well as how hard skills factor into your promotion. We talk about exceptions and issues as you move forward with your plan and promotions.

Table of contents
  1. Your Career: Where You Are and Where You Want to Go
    31m 28s
  2. The Plan: How to Get There
    28m 38s
  3. Soft Skills: How to Prepare for Your Next Role
    28m 32s
  4. Hard Skills: How to Prepare for Your Next Role
    20m 16s
  5. Where Do We Go from Here?
    17m 2s

Career Management 2.0

by Jason Alba

Oct 17, 2013 / 1h 58m

Intermediate • 1h 58m

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In this course you will learn how to take care of your career in a way that will help you have more financial security. Instead of depending on things like your background and past experience, or the help you have expected from companies, HR or bosses, learn how what you can do to empower yourself and be more prepared to weather inevitable changes in your career.

Table of contents
  1. Career Management 2.0 - Introduction to Career Management
    20m 33s
  2. Career Management 2.0 - Career Management: Your Personal Brand
    52m 23s
  3. Networking and Relationships
    23m 37s
  4. Tactics and Tools
    22m 6s

Building and Managing Your Career Plan

by Jason Alba

May 25, 2016 / 1h 35m

Beginner • 1h 35m

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Your career can be a source of stress or resentment, or it can be a source of joy and fulfillment. Having a solid career plan can help you to achieve the latter. In this course, Building and Managing Your Career Plan, you'll learn how to vocalize your career goals and create a vision and plan to achieve those goals. You'll also learn about the inevitability of change in your career, and how you could handle change and uncertainties. Finally, you'll discover how to actually put your career plan into action, and how to have happiness, joy, and satisfaction at your job. By the end of this course, you'll be able to create a realistic and rewarding career plan that will help you to get the most out of your career.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 36s
  2. Getting from Here to There: Creating the Path to Your Career Goals
    37m 54s
  3. Planning Moves to Each Milestone and Goal
    34m 28s
  4. Realizing Career Happiness Through Self-awareness and Maturity
    21m 45s

Play by Play: Crafting a Brand for Growth and Prosperity

by Troy Hunt, Lars Klint

Apr 6, 2017 / 1h 2m

Beginner • 1h 2m

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Play by play is a series in which top technologists work through a problem in real time, unrehearsed and unscripted. In this course, Troy and Lars will share real life examples and scenarios filled with tips and secrets to building an online identity, creating your own opportunities and building success. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of what is needed to start building your own brand.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 2s
  2. Why Invest in a Personal Brand
    9m 15s
  3. Defining Your Brand
    19m 15s
  4. Hard Lessons Learned
    12m 53s
  5. The Return on Investment
    18m 44s

What you will learn

  • How to start a technology career
  • How to maintain a technology career
  • How to grow a technology career
  • How to own a technology career


There are no prerequisites for this path