Six Steps to your Dream Job

Knowing what you want to do in 10+ years is difficult for anybody to identify. It is tricky to recognize what options are available and even trickier figuring out how to get there. Indeni is here to help organize your thoughts with this step by step dream job guide. Print this page, fill out each simple step, and launch into making your dreams a reality.

Earn an easy $20 gift card by returning your completed template to or uploading it to Indeni Crowd’s Professional Development forum. Once submitting, you can redeem your gift card in Indeni Crowd Learning paths by signing up with your corporate email address.

Happy planning!

Step 1: Your Dream Title

Shoot for the moon

Kick off your career plan by selecting a dream title and writing it down in the chart below. If you need some inspiration, below are some possible titles that often require network/security domain knowledge. It is important to shoot for a position based on your interests and strengths, so be sure to factor in what sounds engaging while selecting a dream title. Whatever title you choose, you can always go back and pick another title at another time. Just enjoy the process of seeing what’s out there!

Potential Dream Titles


Project Managers are responsible for the planning and execution of special IT projects within an organization.

Common Skills:

  • Project Management
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Domain knowledge

This brand new breed of an engineer is blazing a trail within the IT industry, particularly in the network space. In the example of a Network Automation Engineer, the primary role is scaling network automation by leveraging domain knowledge and scripting skills. Find more on a general automation engineer here.

Common Skills:

  • Network domain knowledge
  • Scripting background
  • Strategic thinker
  • Project Management

The Enterprise Architect is the glue between the business mission, strategy, and processes of an organization to its IT strategy.

Common Skills:

  • Systems thinking (“big picture” thinking)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of hardware, software, application and systems engineering
  • Leadership, customer service, and communication skills
  • Financial modeling

As technology evolves, the demand for networking domain knowledge in a product team becomes much more real. Software Product Managers work with the engineering and customer-facing teams to develop the technical product strategy to increase revenue.

Fun Fact: Indeni’s own VP of Product, Ulrica de Fort-Menares, moved into software product management from Network Engineering.

Common Skills:

  • Creative thinkers
  • Technical backgrounds
  • Leadership, customer service, and communication skills
  • Systems thinking (“big picture” thinking)

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Be your own boss! Advising organizations on how best to use information technology in achieving their business objectives. IT consultants often help in the deployment of an outsourced IT system on behalf of their client organization.

Common Skills:

  • Technical knowledge
  • Advisory skills
  • Communication skills
  • Business skills

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the most senior executive in an enterprise responsible for the IT and computer systems that support enterprise goals.

Common Skills:

  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Technical knowledge

Step 2: Role Model Breakdown

Model your path after your role models’ path

Now that you have identified a dream title, it’s time to do a little bit of research. Start with one dream title and flip through your mental rolodex to identify anyone you may know and respect with your dream title. If no one comes to mind, have no fear, Linkedin is here! Linkedin helps infinitely grow your professional network; we highly encourage everyone to create a profile.

Once you have your Linkedin profile set up, search for people with your dream title and select a few individuals who stand out to you. Remember: you do not have to personally know them to learn from their career path. With your five role models, fill out the chart below as thoroughly as possible. Highlight any overlapping points to help identify the common attributes of your dream title. This list will help you create a map that points you in the direction of your dream title.

Step 3: All About You

“There is no one alive who is youer than you!” – Dr. Seuss

Though we can learn from our peers and role models, no two paths will ever be the same. Take this opportunity to reflect on your unique attributes by filling in the first chart by yourself. For a balanced perspective, it is encouraged to ask a trusted manager or peer to fill out the second chart.

Directions: Fill out this chart yourself.

Directions: Ask a trusted manager or peer to fill out this chart.  

Step 4: Job Market Pulse

What jobs are out there right now?

Getting a pulse on the job market is the final research step before formulating your plan. While curating your unique path, you have to factor in your immediate options. Take the time to look internally and externally for available opportunities. Search for the common roles that your role models held, but also keep an eye out for emerging roles that might be new to the industry, like automation related positions. Use the charts below to help organize your thoughts.

Step 5: Action Plan

Achieve your dreams, role by role

This is possibly the hardest step in the whole exercise. Do the best you can to create an outline of the titles you think will act as stepping stones towards your dream title. In this template, we have added just a few intermediary roles before reaching your dream job. It may take less, it may take more, just use this as a starting place. One more thing to consider while making an action plan is making a brand for yourself. Successful individuals tend to build a brand leveraging one or two attributes in which they excel and enjoy. Your action plan will evolve as you do, but take the first stab now!

Step 6: Reach out to a Mentor

A shortcut to success

Navigating professional development does not have to be done alone. In reality, a mentor will direct you down a straighter path towards your goals. If you already have a mentor, consider a coffee-chat to get their thoughts on your updated action plan. If you do not have a mentor, try reaching out to some of the role models you reviewed and ask them if they would be willing to answer a few questions around professional development. We have included some suggested questions below to help facilitate your conversation.

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Keep Indeni in the Loop

Develop your action plan for a $50 gift card

Indeni is rooting for your continued success. As a show of support, Indeni is happy to offer anyone who returns their completed Dream Title guide for a $50 gift card. Upload it to the Indeni Crowd forum or send it to If you are faced with questions, do not hesitate to ask the Indeni Crowd mentors; they are very willing to help!