Patrick Eng
Marketer, Developer, SEO Specialist, Gamer, and Random Knowledge Blogger
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Quick Notes & Links for My Meeting with Mark

Topics of Interest / Agenda

A basic explanation of:

  • What motivates me (personally & professionally)

  • Challenges that excite me

  • Why Amazon

  • Why now

  • My niche skillset (including what I do at DD)

  • How did you start at Amazon? What interested you about working for them?

  • Does it make sense to apply for jobs that I don't think I'm qualified for?

  • How do you stay knowledgeable on current technologies and methodologies?

  • What kind of mistakes have you made that helped you become a better leader?

  • I feel like I'm not gaining relevant skills at my current job. Does this mean I need to find a new job or am I just doing my job wrong? I'm afraid of being stagnant and feel like I'm not growing.

  • What do you think people in my generation lack the most?

  • What do you think are the most valuable skills an employee can have, both in the technology sphere and just in general?

  • At a big company like Amazon, did you ever feel like you weren't valued, or were just another cog in the machine?

  • How do you manage people who don't know what they are doing, or just don't listen to you?

  • A potential job at General Dynamics as a Security Policy Analyst

Jobs of Interest*

*curious about question 3 since I don't qualify for any of these jobs

Please note that these are not in order of interest.

Jobs I’m Actually Interested In (Not the company per se)

Please note that these are not in order of interest.

Strengths (According to Strengths Finder)

1. Restorative (Executing)

People exceptionally talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

People with strong Restorative talents love to solve problems. While some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, those with strong Restorative talents are energized by it. They enjoy the challenge of analyzing symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. They like bringing things back to life by fixing them or rekindling their vitality. In short, they bring courage and creativity to problematic situations.

2. Learner (Strategic Thinking)

People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

People with strong Learner talents constantly strive to learn and improve. The process of learning is as important to them as the knowledge they gain. Learners are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. They are excited by the thrill of learning new facts, beginning a new subject, and mastering an important skill. Learning builds their confidence. Having Learner as a dominant theme does not necessarily motivate someone to become a subject matter expert or strive for the respect that accompanies earning a professional or academic credential. The outcome of learning is less significant than "getting there."

3. Analytical (Strategic Thinking)

People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

People with strong Analytical talents challenge others to "Prove it." They take a critical approach to what others might quickly accept as truth. They search for the reasons why things are the way they are. They want to understand how certain patterns affect one another. How do they combine? What is the outcome? Does this outcome fit with the theory offered or the situation at hand? These are their questions. Others see them as logical and rigorous. Some may feel that they are negative or unnecessarily critical when they are simply trying to understand something. They bring an objective and dispassionate examination that enables them to find the root causes and effects, and then develop clear thoughts based on facts.

4. Arranger (Executing)

People exceptionally talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to determine how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

Arrangers are conductors. When faced with a complex situation involving many factors, people with strong Arranger talents enjoy managing all of the variables, aligning and realigning them until they are sure they have arranged them in the most productive configuration possible. They are shining examples of effective flexibility, whether they are changing travel schedules at the last minute because they found a better fare or are mulling over just the right combination of people and resources to accomplish a new project. From the mundane to the complex, they are always looking for the perfect configuration. They are at their best in dynamic situations. Confronted with the unexpected, they jump into the confusion, devise new options, hunt for new paths, and figure out new partnerships - because, after all, there might just be a better way.

5. Individualization (Relationship Building)

People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively..

People with strong Individualization talents are intrigued by and have an understanding of the unique qualities of each person. Impatient with generalizations, they focus on the differences among individuals. They instinctively observe each person's style and motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. They keenly observe other people's strengths and draw out the best in each person. Their Individualization talents help them to build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team "structure" or "process," they know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.