"Learning is underestimated, knowledge is overestimated"

by By Selma Avdagic Tisljar, head of service management international, T-Systems

Career tip #1: Look for added value

In everything that you do, try to bring added value. The competition today is very high and information is available all around us. Always look for your added value – what it is that you personally contribute to the environment, team, your colleagues & peers, and at the end, to yourself. Educate, learn, and expand your horizons constantly. Challenge yourself, be self reflective and open to change, and always learn new things.

Career tip #2: Be authentic

Know what you stand for. Identify values that are important to you. If you are able to recognize your core values, always use them – this is who you are. We are all unique and what identifies you is your differentiator. Use it, walk the talk, and be inspired by your values. Everyone likes to be inspired and if you inspire others by your work, leadership, or behavior, you will be recognized.

Career tip #3: Lead from the heart

Always have a purpose. If you have a “higher” purpose you will be self-driven and your energy will not be fake. If you are driven by higher purpose and not because of your personal interest to get a better salary or higher on the corporate ladder, you will succeed.

Career tip #4: Consider servant leadership

Accordingly to this style of leadership, the main role of the leader is to serve. This is the style of leadership that has been recognized by more and more organizations and at T-Systems, where I’ve worked since February of this year. I really encourage all young people – and ladies – to look into this type of leadership as it is the philosophy that nurtures real values behind a leader. It is demonstrated by active listening, empathy, awareness, growth, investment in people, and overall care.

Career tip #5: Learn, learn, learn

I find that learning in general is underestimated while, on the other side, knowledge is overestimated. In general people believe that finishing at university is enough. For example: someone who graduated from University 20 years ago and has not learned any new skills or material has knowledge that is almost obsolete, in my opinion. It is very important to learn, learn & learn. Educate yourself constantly and extend your horizon, skills, and capabilities.  

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