Let’s face it the very essence of IT is wrapped up in projects. Big projects, small projects, perhaps just a temporary role like specifications development, but one thing is for sure, it is all up against a deadline. Ironically the deadline to release is paramount to a client, but their own deadline for completion of testing is well – flexible – and hey, let’s be honest, it’s often one that just has to be ignored all together if you have a hope of staying on schedule with your own deadline.
Your own life as a developer at whatever stage or level seems to adapt to this deadline and after craving for the project to go live, the lull that follows is fabulous for a few days at least. But come on, be honest, it isn’t long before you get itchy feet again right? It won’t be long before the HR guys get in touch with ‘suggestions for development’ but are they really offering you personal development that drives your career forward?
To get on technically, communication is going to be make and break. Professional communication even in your own language can be difficult to get right, without having to understand, decipher and remember the nuances, diplomacy, tone of voice and idioms that launch you head first into hot water. Bad enough if you are alone, but excruciating if your boss or ambitious colleague happens to overhear your linguistic blunders. (Although you know right, that the bosses don’t always have the best English going).
There’s never a lot of downtime so frankly a language course is unlikely to be seen through to the end before the next project has a hold on your attention. So surely it makes sense to try a more ‘technical and flexible’ approach to learning English. Flexible? Not just any old English, but technical English – the stuff that is going to make you more effective.
This approach is learning on demand so that you get help you when you need it, with what you need rather than some dumb course with standard learning objectives which are about as inspiring as a three in a bed with …
So moving swiftly on, it’s standard practice to find the time for learning or updating your knowledge about new or forgotten programming languages but what about communicating with clients and overseas bosses? Why depend on HRs time scales when your schedule is a total clash to the face to face courses they have on offer. Sure to learn English you need to speak, but do you really need to be in a classroom to learn English?
If there was an online club that you could go to when you had a problem, or wanted a second opinion that was full of people in the same industry as you, where native speaking trainers with technical experience could support you, wouldn’t that be a more flexible solution? You would be paying for it yourself, a tax deductable monthly standard expense because it is career specific language skills. You will be learning, with other women in technology all over Europe. So we all speak in English all the time.
In addition to enhancing our English, we would also be learning all manner of career related stuff, over and beyond language skills. Sometimes it will be a discussion about strategies for problems that the guys just don’t have – for example the family logistics of international travel, or finding yourself saying yes, when you know for sure that it will mean yet again, extra hours to make it happen.
So if you want an English Enhancement Programme, that takes place outside of the meeting rooms and training areas, if you want to be able to drive your own personal development then think about online learning, even for language learning, because immersion doesn’t have to be abroad, it can be dipping into a club a couple of times a week or even a day for regular linguistic skinny dipping because you don’t have to naked to feel exposed or self conscious and quite frankly I reckon that for such brilliant communicators the women in technology shouldn’t be letting the guys get so much of the international glory.
To try the club, it costs just €1, just apply below and I do the rest. It will be the best Euro you spend this year and could open a whole world of opportunities that maximise on your strengths and make purely national projects a thing of the past. It goes up to €9,99 after three months.