Why Curiosity Killed The Cat But Will Take Your Career Places
So you have nailed every aspect of the interview for that new company you are applying to – you know of their origins, what they do and are sufficiently enthusiastic about it yourself. Sure, being enthusiastic about potential workplaces may get you that much closer to your desired job or position. But, that is not all there is to it.
Propelling your career prospects
Being a software developer, a coder means a lot more than being a tech wiz and having your basics down. At the crux of it, people look to you to find solutions – whether it is to build new processes, make existing processes easier or optimizing existing solutions. But how do you become better at solving problems? By solving tougher questions and tougher problems, of course. But this perspective is far too simplistic. Apart from being creative and efficient, to succeed as a developer or just anything in your career; being curious is just as essential.
A better learner
Curiosity opens forums of learning you never knew existed – not only does it help you raise more questions, it also encourages you to learn more. Self-learning becomes a choice rather than a “last resort”. As you learn more things, you become equipped with more knowledge and skills. So next time you are solving problems or just getting started on a new software, you are armed with a better perspective – a bigger, better picture if you might.
In Math, for instance, a singular equation could be derived in different ways. In case of x = y – 3, a range of methods could be used – from substitution to graphing to elimination. Once armed with this knowledge, finding solutions became a much faster and efficient process. And so it is with finding solutions as a developer in the IT industry.
Keeping up with the industry
That apart, in a domain that is fast-changing curiosity not only helps you keep up but ups your entire game. How? Learning new things goes from being a box you need tick to a necessity. If you are really curious, you just need to know. And nothing, nothing ever, arms you better in the IT industry than an unquenchable thirst to learn.
Armed with fresh knowledge, the ability to see the bigger picture, and the thirst to keep learning; you have better chances not just at interviews but at growth too. With enhanced curiosity, your willingness to take risks and try new things makes you not just ideal, but an attractive candidate too.
Someone once said – Intellectual curiosity drives projects and companies forward, and catapults careers. And they couldn’t have been more right!