In the Taking the Lead podcast episode “Using what motivates you to advance your career with Samantha DeStefano,” host Christina Brady discusses with Samantha DeStefano, the VPII of Enterprise at Upwork, the importance of understanding personal motivators in career advancement. DeStefano, who transitioned from various roles to her current position, shares her insights on career development, motivation, and self-advocacy.
She emphasizes the importance of identifying personal motivators and leveraging them to guide career decisions. DeStefano also discusses the importance of seeking feedback and applying it for growth and development. She shares her experience of changing roles nearly every two years, accepting new challenges and opportunities, and how this has shaped her career.
The episode offers valuable insights into the importance of understanding personal motivators in career advancement, the role of feedback in personal growth, and the significance of self-advocacy. It also highlights the importance of leveraging both internal and external networks when considering a career change and the value of exploring different roles within the same company if one is satisfied with the company culture and colleagues.