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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Carmen Shirkey Collins

Social Media Manager

Talent Brand and Enablement Team, HR