“Do the job you want, not the job you have.”

Posted 06/20/19 Mark Kruszynski

Cassy Kohs, Associate Director of Marketing serving Vaco Cincinnati’s market, interviews Mark Kruszynski, Vaco’s QA Practice Lead and SDET
(Software Development in Test), on his keys to success.

As many of us already know, and some of us try to deny, “change is inevitable”. Mark Kruszynski, Vaco’s QA Practice Lead and SDET, brings 19 years of Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Leadership experience to the Information Technology field. His keys to success? Adaptability, passion, and continued learning.

How do you position yourself for growth in an industry that seems to be changing more often than the Cincinnati seasons?

  1. Be Adaptable
    We often allow ourselves to get overwhelmed and resistant to change in our jobs, in our families, in our life, that we view it as a burden. Adopt a better outlook. Try looking at change as a positive challenge; an opportunity to learn something new or an excuse to explore best practices when communicating with other team members.
  2. Have Passion
    What does it mean to have a growth mindset? “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015) Do you have a love of learning? Are you excited to invest your time and energy in and outside of work to grow?
  3. Take the Initiative 
    Don’t wait for an opportunity to hit you in the face, take your career into your own hands and make an investment in your growth.

Experiencing a challenge in your company? Find a creative way to fix it. Read an article about a tool that your team should be using today? Do your research and share it with management. Wanting to learn more about a certain topic? Take advantage of low cost, online material. U-Demy, Plural Site, and Code Academy are websites that offer hundreds of training courses accessible to all levels of experience.