Three Factors Which Determine Where I Want to Work
August 26, 2018
Author: Bianca Yang
People, Projects, Growth.
For now, those are the three factors I want to optimize for in my search for a career.
People (60%): People are the most important determining factor of how much you enjoy an experience. Cleaning dog poop in 100% humidity and over 100 deg Fahrenheit weather can be enjoyable if you have the right people to do it with. People don’t have loyalty to their companies. They have loyalty to their coworkers.
I want to work with people who are passionate about something. I want to work with people who do cool things in the evenings and on the weekends and have interesting stories or learnings to share at our daily lunches. I want people who are creators, who are galvanized by life. I want to be inspired by those people and to inspire them.
I also want to note the importance of good manangement. Good management should be able to motivate and direct its subordinates. Good management should look to promote or move around its subordinates to places where they are most happy and where they will make the most impact. Good management helps make things work properly.
Growth (30%): I want to work on technologies that are at the frontier of our understanding. These technologies are like our dreams. We have a small glimpse of them. We barely know what they look like or what they do, but we can see the possibility of getting to the destination from our current position.
Right now, some technologies that I think fit this description are VR/AR, ML/AI research, robotics, carbon removal, and the future of transporation.
Growth also refers to company growth and career trajectory. The company should have ambitions beyond maintaining a legacy version of its cash cow. The company should always be looking to innovate and research fundamental insights for a world decades into the future. The measure of company success should be its impact on society, or how many more problems were solved by having this company around than by not having this company around.
Projects (10%): What I am working on is nowhere near as important as the experience of working on it. The experience, I think, can be defined by the growth and people involved.
If you think you have a case for fulfilling these three categories for me, please send me an email.