5 Career Advice Tidbits from Cisco’s Systems Engineers

To create world-changing technology, you need world-changing technologists – like the engineers that help make up the #WeAreCisco tribe.

So who better to give career advice to aspiring Cisconians than these inspiring Cisconians? These systems engineers are all Chairman’s Club Winners – the top 1% in their organization (which earns them a trip to Hawaii with the senior leadership team), so you might want to perk up and pay attention.

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(L to R) Martin Kundrat, Temi Ajasa, Lidiya Krunic, Sven Arend and Jason Gooley, Systems Engineers at Cisco and Chairman’s Club winners.

  1. It’s all up to you! Prioritize your career, build strong relationships and go above and beyond what’s asked of you. – Martin Kundrat
  1. My career advice? Set goals for yourself, short and long term, and then align with mentors that can help you get there. – Temi Ajasa
  2. What makes a successful Systems Engineer? Have an analytical brain and be a great communicator. – Lidiya Krunic
  3. Make sure you understand a vast portfolio, but then specialize in a niche technology to add value. – Sven Arend
  4. My secret to success is that I’m not only an SE (Systems Engineer) but I’m also an SE (Social Exciter.) – Jason Gooley

We loved this advice so much that we did an Instagram Story on these SEs and other technologists at Cisco. In case you missed it, here’s a replay (You are following WeAreCisco on Instagram, right?)

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  1. Cisco is a great company! I would like to add that a great CV is also an important aspect. Here https://bestcvwriting.com you’ll get help on that. Stay hungry, stay foolish (c) Steve Jobs

  2. Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo. Just because something is done one way, doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to do it. Also challenge your partners and customers to think differently. Lastly if you are going to fail at something, fail fast and learn from it!

  3. Don’t just know technology, understand the business, the compliance structures, what the users really need, do and use, and the short and long term vision of the leaders of the business and each department. Before starting projects make sure to have discussions with not only department heads but line managers. Email and electronic communication is great but never forget that getting up and walking over and having a face to face discussion makes a huge difference and gives a face to a department that most users don’t understand.