How I view building my career: a forward-looking decision framework

When I have career chats with people, I seek to understand the reasoning behind the big decisions in their career path. I am curious to learn how other people chose between role A and role B, or why they prefer to grow as a people manager vs. an individual contributor (IC), so that I can take away generalized logic to build my own career.

Here, I will discuss some decision making frameworks on career building that I’ve encountered, as well as my own. While most of my other articles on the subject usually focus on what I have concretely accomplished, this article is more future facing, and focuses on the thought process, rather than how the results might be in a few years.

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