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Standing on the Backs of Giants. How Conversing with Previous Generations of People in Your Career Can Help You Soar to the Top

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Standing on the Backs of Giants. How Conversing with Previous Generations of People in Your Career Can Help You Soar to the Top

Standing on the Backs of Giants. How Conversing with Previous Generations of People in Your Career Can Help You Soar to the Top

Do you want to get ahead in your career? Then start talking to the older generations! Contrary to popular belief, conversing with those who have been in the workforce for many years can help you rise to the top. This blog post will discuss how getting advice and insight from those who have come before you can give you an edge in your current career. So don't be afraid to reach out and start a conversation-you might just learn something valuable!


Recently, on my podcast "FireCast, A Department3C Production Hosted By Severen Henderson," I spoke with two retired Chiefs from the Chicago Fire Department. Retired Chief Dekalb Walcott II and Retired Chief Les Noy.


Part of our discussion was to help Retired Chief Walcott II with his celebration of Engine 21, a majority black firehouse in Chicago credited with founding the sliding fire pole that is still used in some firehouses today! The now-closed Engine 21 will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its in-service date.


Chief Walcott II is the author of the book that gives the history and celebrates all of the historical achievements of Engine 21. You can find the book at this link: blackheroesoffire.com/ He is currently working on the follow-up to the first book that is due to come out later this year.


If you don't already subscribe, you can find the podcast at the following link: https://www.podpage.com/firecast/, and you can listen to the episode that this blog is about here: https://www.podpage.com/firecast/black-heroes-of-fire-part-1/


In our conversation, we discussed how the department has changed since they both started and some of the challenges the two had seen during their careers. I got some great advice about career journeys for myself and others in the same time frame as I currently am.


Getting advice from those who have been in your field for many years is a great way to get ahead. You can learn about their challenges and how they overcame them. You can also learn what worked well for them and what didn't work so well. This type of insight is invaluable as you navigate your career journey.


Sometimes younger generations don't do all they can to learn from older generations. Some may feel that older generations don't have much to offer or that the career you seek insight into has passed them by, and they can't relate to current issues within your position.


This couldn't be further from the truth! While technology advances and ways of operations constantly evolve, there is always room to learn from how things used to be done. Sometimes those older ways will add insight and allow you to improve on a system that others didn't think to improve upon.


Never be afraid to reach out and start a conversation with someone with more experience than you. You never know what you might learn!


That point brings to mind one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. The advice was to attempt to learn something new from every person you meet. Even if it's learning what not to do in a situation, you can always say you learned a new lesson that, hopefully, you'd be able to pass on positively.


The rest of the conversation in the podcast talks about the two different Chiefs' career journeys. Where they started in the department, where they went in their careers, where they ended, and all they are up to while being retired.


Overall it was a fun experience learning things I didn't know about the department. And I'm sure listeners will be able to gather information for themselves and discover something you didn't know either.


My advice to you, no matter what career you are in, is this. If you want to get ahead in your career, start talking to the older generations. Contrary to popular belief, conversing with those who have been in the workforce for many years can help you rise to the top. Advice and insight from those who have come before you can give you an edge in your current career. So don't be afraid to reach out and start a conversation-you might just learn something valuable!


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Severen Henderson is the Owner/Operator of Department3C. You can connect with him on most social media sites: @iamsevy Or for business-related topics: @deaprtment3cWe want to keep in contact! So please head to our website www.department3c.com to see what we are up to! For e-mail inquiries, contact us at info@department3c.com.




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