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Discussion on: Setting career goals

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Ben Halpern

I think this is an important topic.

One does not have to be tremendously precise about the details of the path, as you need to be available when opportunity strikes, but having a sense of the path is important because it will impact how you spend your work days.

We recently promoted @molly_struve to head of engineering at Forem, and there was a lot of alignment in terms of Molly being up for the challenge of such a role— But while it is a clear promotion, it's not the kind of job some would want to strive for. We have very senior folks doing great individual contributor work, and it really is a great type of job.

I love your three questions for helping determine one's own path.

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Karthikeyan Dhanapal

Just like an abstract class. Having an abstract of what we really want to do with our lives makes it easy for us to achieve the things that we really want in life even though there are unknowns in the path. If the base is clear enough it will take us to places that we once perceived as dreams :)