The Builder: Careers in Technology, Computer Applications, Management & Operations
By Kunal Sandhu
Kunal Sandhu, Founder and CEO of CogitoHub, talks about the technical, mechanical and operational career strengths of the builders.
We’ve all heard of careers such as Ethical Hackers, Data Scientists, Software Developers, Engineers and Business Managers. What do all these careers have in common? People who do them are analytical, task-oriented, detail-oriented and most importantly know how to get things done. They are also known as BUILDERS.
As we see it in the world of careers, Builders make ideas come alive. They usually have specialised skills and the patience to work on an idea repeatedly until they achieve what they set out to do. They are the hands-on members of the team that everyone relies on to get things done. Builders are drawn towards careers that allow them to push themselves to achieve their goals. They have high persistence and perseverance. They usually have a good grasp of numeracy for data analysis and strong analytical skills. They are as asset to any team.
Builders ensure they leverage machines and other automated tools to enhance productivity and complete tasks. They enjoy working in a high-paced environment that focuses on producing definitive outcomes.
How to identify if you are a Builder:
- Are you someone who enjoys working with data and numbers?
- Do you take an analytical approach to problem solving?
- Do you see yourself as a problem solver?
- Do you enjoy tasks that challenge you?
If you have answered YES, to more than two questions, you are most likely someone with high BUILDER traits. Once you know your overall profile is a ‘Builder’, then the next step is to understand the Builder Career Strengths. Each Career requires a combination of Career Strengths to succeed in it. These Strengths come from your personality, aptitude, motivations and interests. For Builders, the Career Strengths are Technical, Mechanical and Operational.
From these Career Strengths emerge the relevant Career Families, Career Roles, Courses & Colleges. Career Families within the Builder Profile are usually a combination of one or more of these three Career Strengths. For examples, Infrastructure & Real Estate is a Builder Career that requires high Operational and Mechanical Strengths while Computer Application is a Builder Career that requires high Technical Strength.
The Technical Career Strength relates to fields that work with electronics, computer hardware & software systems. This strength enables you to build and work on everyday devices such as computers, mobile phones, TVs, music systems and others. Those who have a high Technical Career Strength could be inclined towards careers in Computer
Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Software Development, Software Testing among others.
The Mechanical Career Strength relates to fields that work with motors and machinery, to construct and operate on mechanical systems such as tools, engines, thermal devices and others. Those who have a high Mechanical Strength can have successful careers as Mechanical Engineers, Aeronautical Engineers, Nuclear Scientists, Chemical Engineers, Biotechnologists, Real Estate Developers among others.
The Operational Career Strength relates to overseeing and management of products and services to make sure the organisation is running productively and delivering results. Those who have high Operational Strength could be successful as Operations Manager, Retail & Ecommerce Managers among others.
Some famous Builders include Google CEO, Sunder Pichai, Tim Cook, Apple Inc. CEO and Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft.While Builder traits may resonate with you, each individual is a unique combination of the four profiles of Builder, Communicator, Innovator and Enabler. By understanding your overall profile based on your unique personal combination of Behaviours, Aptitude, Motivations & Interests, one can remove the guesswork and choose a career that is best suited to their individual personality.
About the Author:
Kunal Sandhu is Founder & CEO, CogitoHub (a specialised student assessment company). Kunal is an Electronics Engineer from Delhi Technological University and holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing from XLRI, Jamshedpur. His company CogitoHub uses predictive analytics and machine learning to help students and educators realise their true potential and perform better.