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CIO career trajectory: Leaving chemistry for the 'information business'

Divina Paredes | Dec. 30, 2013
How Steve Rubinow of Thomson Reuters started as a university professor with a PhD in chemistry, and moved to a succession of business technology executive roles in food manufacturing, car rental and finance.

Having experience in a raft of industries also worked in his favour in at least one of his jobs. "The company was looking for someone strong in many disciplines because the problems they had were multidimensional," he says.

"There is always so much you can do to determine your career," he says.

"You can take the right courses, you can send letters to the right company -- that is in your control. But then there is the serendipity factor -- some people call it luck.

"Part of the excitement is you don't know where life will take you. Think where you want to go, keep your eyes and ears open for opportunity -- if it does not cost so much to explore, go and do it."

And talk to someone in the field, he adds. "It helps to run through scenarios to see whether it is worth pursuing."



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