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08 Dec 2016

BY Abra Dunsby

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Careers are like rockets – and other tips for success

Jamie Queen, group marketing director at Thomas Cook, offers his career tips.

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“Even if science, technology, engineering and maths are not your core skills, curiosity is key.”

Be curious: The rise in robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics and virtual reality have arisen from peoples’ curiosity, Queen said. He added that the key to becoming a strong business leader was to ask questions and reflect on the answers. “Even if science, technology, engineering and maths (stem subjects) are not your core skills, curiosity is key.”


Be determined: “Challenge yourself and don’t give up,” Queen told delegates. He also highlighted the importance of listening to your own body, and knowing when to speed up or slow down. “Be prepared to take a breath to show vulnerability in business,” he added.


Be yourself: “Don’t bring a different version of yourself to the office,” advised Queen, who said he brings his playful personality to work. “People on your team will bounce off it,” he explained. “Be an authentic, vulnerable leader – don’t try to be a sterile leader.”

 

Be patient: Careers take time so don’t rush things, and use every opportunity to learn along the way, he advised. “You don’t want to be promoted too early – you won’t be ready for the challenge that awaits you. Do great work always; talent gets recognised.” He repeated one of his favourite sayings: “Careers are like rockets – they don’t always take off on time, but the trick is to always keep the engine running.”

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