3-minute mentoring with Marie Buban: How to Steer Your Career in Tech

Haley Coppins
Sep 11, 2018 · 3 min read
As manager of social intelligence, Marie helps teams at the CBC understand conversations happening on social platforms. (Mike Burroughs/CBC)

Life lesson #1: The person who should care most about your career is you

Marie is candid about entitlement and expectations. Those old adages about paying your dues and proving yourself? All true, she says. The most important thing, she advises, is to take responsibility for yourself and your career.

Life lesson #2: Other people’s perceptions don’t have to be your problem

Marie’s quiet confidence and humour immediately puts people at ease. She also has rock-solid expertise that she’s willing to share with others. Still, she’s encountered her fair share of roadblocks.

Life lesson #3: If you’re in your 30s, it’s ‘go time’

The most crucial decade in your career is your 30s, Marie says. Your 20s is the time to experiment and find what’s right for you. Once you’ve found that thing, go hard.

Life lesson #4: The network is not a myth

Every opportunity Marie has taken has come from her circle of colleagues, friends and associates.

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Telling stories about who we are, what we are doing, what we are learning, and how we are making decisions as we work to create the best possible experiences for Canadians in digital spaces.

Haley Coppins

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CBC Digital Labs

Telling stories about who we are, what we are doing, what we are learning, and how we are making decisions as we work to create the best possible experiences for Canadians in digital spaces.