Your Career: Is it Choice or Chance?

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Welcome to an exciting new season of the podcast Your Career: Choice or Chance? - as we dive into the ever-evolving world of GenAI in the Workplace and explore the latest trends, experiences, and career journeys shaping the future of work as AI is increasingly ingrained in it. Each episode provides fresh insights, addressing the transformative influence of GenAI in shaping the workforce of tomorrow, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in staying ahead in the ever-evolving world of work. In our second season, we have a unique addition: Alex, a new AI co-host. His innovative voice is here to challenge the status quo and bring a one-of-a-kind AI approach to every episode. read less
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Episodes

Reflecting on GenAI in the Workplace: Season Recap and Insights
13-06-2024
Reflecting on GenAI in the Workplace: Season Recap and Insights
Join Alex, the AI co-host of "Your Career: Choice or Chance?” for a special recap episode as we wrap up the second season. Alongside hosts Mike MacDade, Reetu Raina, and Yael Shur, we reflect on the key insights and memorable moments from our discussions on the intersection of GenAI and the workplace. From evolving attitudes towards AI to challenges and opportunities for professionals in various industries, this episode offers a comprehensive review of the season's highlights and the future of work in the age of AI.Key Takeaways:Evolution of AI Acceptance: Witness the transformation of attitudes towards AI from skepticism to acceptance, influencing workplace dynamics and interactions.Trends and Patterns: Discover emerging trends in the GenAI discourse, highlighting the emphasis on collaboration, upskilling initiatives, and ethical considerations for responsible AI integration.Challenges and Opportunities: Uncover the significant challenges and opportunities presented by GenAI for professionals across various industries, from addressing job displacement concerns to harnessing AI's potential for enhancing productivity and driving innovation.Personal Perspectives: Gain insights into the hosts' personal experiences that have shaped their perspectives on GenAI and its profound impact on the future of work, reflecting on successes, challenges, and lessons learned.Looking Ahead: Peer into the future as GenAI continues to shape the workplace landscape, offering guidance and advice for listeners navigating this dynamic environment with resilience and adaptability.Learn more about Yael Learn more about MikeLearn more about ReetuSubscribe today to be the first to know about new episodes.Interested in further exploring the impact of GenAI? Check out the Future of Tech Podcast for diverse perspectives within the tech realm.
Skills First: Redefining How We Work
13-05-2024
Skills First: Redefining How We Work
Join Yael Shur, Alex, the AI co-host, and Ora Nussbaum, a program manager in Amdocs People leading transformation Projects in HR, as they dive into the paradigm shift towards Skills-Based Organizations. Gain valuable insights into the fundamentals and practical applications of skills-based organizations, exploring their implementation and the benefits they offer. From understanding the core principles to real-world examples at Amdocs, this episode offers a comprehensive exploration of the future of work.Key Takeaways:Definition of Skills-Based Organizations: Learn how a skills-based organization structures itself around the skills and knowledge of its employees rather than traditional job roles or hierarchies.Practical Implementation at Amdocs: Discover how Amdocs is leveraging Eightfold's Career Hub to empower employees by recognizing and utilizing their skills effectively.Benefits for Employees: Explore the personalized learning and development opportunities offered by a skills-based approach, as well as the potential for gig economy-style projects within the organization.Benefits for Managers: Understand how managers can leverage insights into their team's skills to foster individual growth, close knowledge gaps, and support career aspirations effectively.Learn more about Yael Learn more about OraSubscribe today to be the first to know about new episodes.Interested in further exploring the impact of GenAI? Check out the Future of Tech Podcast for diverse perspectives within the tech realm.
Navigating Privacy in the GenAI era
17-04-2024
Navigating Privacy in the GenAI era
In this enlightening episode of "Your Career: Choice or Chance – GenAI in the Workplace," host Mike MacDade and Zvi Joseph, Deputy General Counsel, embark on a journey to unravel the intricate relationship between GenAI and individual privacy rights. With the expertise of Zvi, they explore the evolving landscape of privacy concerns amidst the rapid advancement of GenAI technologies. From data collection practices to regulatory frameworks, they examine the key challenges and opportunities presented by the intersection of GenAI and privacy. Key Takeaways:Background on GenAI and Privacy: Gain insights into how GenAI and privacy intersect and the implications for individuals and organizations in the digital age.Fostering a Culture of Privacy-Consciousness: Explore strategies for organizations to promote a culture of privacy-consciousness and data stewardship among employees, including training, accountability mechanisms, and incentives.Advocating for Privacy Rights: Learn how individuals can advocate for their privacy rights and navigate privacy concerns in GenAI-enabled workplaces, addressing issues such as privacy erosion, power dynamics, and regulatory gaps.Balancing Benefits and Ethical Considerations: Consider the delicate balance between the potential benefits of GenAI advancements and the ethical considerations regarding individual privacy, exploring topics such as data collection, ethical dilemmas, regulatory frameworks.Learn more about ZviLearn more about MikeSubscribe today to be the first to know about new episodes.Interested in further exploring the impact of GenAI? Check out the Future of Tech Podcast for diverse perspectives within the tech realm.
Unit Shuffles: Navigating the Organizational Maze with Ela Radzi
21-08-2023
Unit Shuffles: Navigating the Organizational Maze with Ela Radzi
Mike MacDade, Executive Chief of Staff, interviews Ela Radzi, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Programs and Operations, Saas and Data business unit, about the opportunities of moving in between units. Ela speaks about her career journey and why she finds internal mobility exciting. Key Takeaways:Moving has always been a choice:Ela says that twice in her career she had to move due to customer needs, but it was never imposed on her. The choice to move in between units has always been hers. Why does Ela enjoy moving in between units? Ela is passionate about her work and enjoys change. She’s excited at the prospect of building something from scratch. It increases internal networking because moving within Amdocs exposes you to different units and departments. The advantages of moving in between units:It offers the opportunity to harness new skills for example, the skills needed in the technology units are different from those in customer-facing roles. You need to know and understand the latest technological advancements in technical units. In customer-facing roles, you need more soft skills like presentation skills and executive speaking. Fear is normal and good:If you take a new role that you’re not even a little scared of then you won’t find it exciting. A little fear is a good thing, it keeps the work interesting and will push you to learn new things. Learn more about Mike MacDade Learn more about Ela Radzi This podcast is produced by Quill
Beyond the Acquisition: Embracing New Beginnings with Fiona Malone
07-08-2023
Beyond the Acquisition: Embracing New Beginnings with Fiona Malone
Yael Shur Shmueli, Amdocs Head of HR Strategy and Technology Units, talks to Fiona Malone, Amdocs Network Business Operations Project Manager, about embracing new beginnings after an acquisition.  Join them as Fiona shares her unique career journey, organization change and the opportunities and challenges that go with it.Key Takeaways:Career life after a merger There are significant unknowns, with positives and challenges to being acquired by another, larger organization.  While change involves a significant learning curve, this can be viewed as an opportunity.Embracing new beginnings and the positives Fiona unpacks the opportunities of moving to Amdocs, a multicultural organization with global reach. There is increased interaction with colleagues all over the globe. Amdocs is people and environment centric, with a significant focus and investment on wellbeing, diversity, inclusion, CSO and volunteering. Greater internal movement possibilities and improved benefits, competitive compensation plans, learning and development and employee share purchase schemes.The challenges of transitioning into new ways of working Coming from a smaller company and moving into an organization of 28000 people, can feel slower and less agile.  This shift entails establishing new people networks very quickly and working relationships, understanding who’s who and who does what, and learning new platforms and new processes.Learn more about Yael Shur This podcast is produced by Quill.
The Upskilling Edge: Excelling in the Digital Age with Itzhak Tueg
20-07-2023
The Upskilling Edge: Excelling in the Digital Age with Itzhak Tueg
Reetu Raina, Head of Talent Management, talks to Itzhak Tueg, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Implementation Manager, about the opportunities for upskilling and why it’s valuable to our careers. With a more than twenty-year career in software, Itzhak started in the testing domain and today manages production. Itzhak believes that his progress is due to upskilling which added knowledge to his career.  Key Takeaways:  Itzhak has constantly made choices to look at where he wants to be and what he needs to get there. He uses learning tools, learning courses, and learning from those around him with more experience to reach his career goals.Challenges to upskilling:  Some companies find it challenging to create upskilling programs which employees feel are connected to their job or career.  In the case of Amdocs, the company does offer upskilling but the challenge for the employees is to dedicate the time to upskill themselves.Why should employees upskill?  Employees need to think of their long-term goals for their careers. Where do they want to be in five years and how upskilling can help them reach that goal? Technology is always changing such as with the introduction of Generative AI, and everyone needs to constantly learn new tools to improve themselves and stay relevant.How can employees get upskilling? Managers are aware and able to offer advice about upskilling and employees should feel free to speak to them first to get the necessary guidance. Learn more about Reetu RainaLearn more about Itzhak TuegThis podcast is produced by Quill.
Maternity Leave and Back: Navigating the Transition with Iuliana Secrieru
10-07-2023
Maternity Leave and Back: Navigating the Transition with Iuliana Secrieru
Mike MacDade, Executive Chief of Staff, talks to luliana Secrieru, Product Manager in Digital Brands and Youth Product, about coming back and embracing leave. In this episode, luliana shares her personal experiences, talks about the different types of leave, and shares insights for colleagues who are considering taking leave. Key Takeaways:Embrace whatever kind of leave you have when you take it. Uncertainty is a common feeling surrounding taking leave, but employees shouldn’t worry as most of the time there are many opportunities after they return. Paternal vs maternal leave:There are differences in countries and regions in terms of duration and payment however more can be done to encourage men to take advantage of paternity leave. Parental leave should be viewed as a positive commitment to a man’s family and establishing a good work/life balance. Do colleagues experience discrimination when coming back from leave?luliana didn’t experience any discrimination because she felt that Amdocs fosters an environment that supports leave. Unfortunately, discrimination still exists in society as a whole with many women feeling that taking maternity leave works against them. Due to this, Iuliana did feel a certain amount of guilt around taking leave, regardless of the company. The challenges coming back from maternity/paternity leave:Becoming a new parent can be overwhelming, challenging, and stressful. New parents now have increased responsibilities therefore time management can be a challenge. A lot of attention is needed on both sides, professional and personal. Learn more about Mike MacDade Learn more about Iuliana SecrieruThis podcast is produced by Quill.