Community Goals - What we care about

Everything the G5 community does must support at least one of these core areas. These are our community's focus categories:


Our guidance focuses on the following sub-areas

  1. Health Guide:
    • Physical Health: Regular check-ups, balanced exercise and diet, adequate sleep.
    • Mental Health: Stress management, maintaining work-life balance, nurturing social connections, seeking professional help.
    • Workplace Health: Ergonomic practices, eye health, staying hydrated and healthy snacking.
  2. Careers Guide:
    • Career Planning: Goal setting, exploring various IT roles, continuous learning, personal branding.
    • Skill Development: Mastering technical and soft skills, pursuing relevant certifications, and active networking.
    • Job Searching: Tailoring resumes and cover letters, interview preparation, salary negotiation, and evaluating job offers.
    • Workplace Success: Seeking feedback, adapting to workplace changes, taking initiative, balancing work and personal life.
  3. Finances Guide:
    • Budgeting and Expense Management: Creating a realistic budget, controlling expenses, building an emergency fund, and managing debts.
    • Saving and Investment: Setting savings goals, smart investing, planning for retirement, and understanding taxes.
    • Financial Planning and Protection: Adequate insurance, estate planning, managing credit score, continuous financial education.
    • Additional Considerations: Keeping up with tech industry financial trends, balancing side projects, and leveraging career growth for financial advancement.
  4. Relationships Guide:
    • Personal Relationships: Effective communication, spending quality time, conflict resolution, and building support systems.
    • Professional Relationships: Networking, seeking and offering mentorship, teamwork and collaboration, and observing workplace etiquette.
    • Romantic Relationships: Maintaining work-life balance, open communication and growth, understanding and patience.

Please read the complete guide below of our recommended do’s and don’ts of advice on health, advancing your career, managing finances, and fostering healthy personal and professional relationships.


Health Guide for our Community


  • Objective: To maintain and improve physical and mental well-being, crucial for productivity and quality of life.
  • Scope: Covers physical health, mental health, and work-life balance.

Physical Health

  1. Routine Check-ups
    • Do: Schedule annual physical exams.
    • Don’t: Ignore minor health issues; they can escalate.
    • Resources: Find a primary care physician or a reliable health care service.
  2. Exercise
    • Do: Incorporate a mix of cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises.
    • Don’t: Over-exercise or skip warm-ups.
    • Tips: Use apps like MyFitnessPal and Strava for tracking; join a local sports club or gym.
  3. Diet and Nutrition
    • Do: Balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
    • Don’t: Overindulge in processed foods and sugary drinks.
    • Resources: Consult a dietitian; use meal planning apps like Mealime.
  4. Sleep
    • Do: Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
    • Don’t: Use electronic devices right before bed.
    • Tips: Establish a regular sleep schedule; consider using sleep-tracking apps.

Mental Health

  1. Stress Management
    • Do: Practice relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga.
    • Don’t: Ignore stress signals.
    • Resources: Apps like Headspace and Calm; Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs).
  2. Work-Life Balance
    • Do: Set boundaries between work and personal life.
    • Don’t: Bring work stress home.
    • Tips: Time management techniques; delegation of tasks.
  3. Social Connections
    • Do: Maintain social interactions, both professionally and personally.
    • Don’t: Isolate yourself.
    • Tips: Join clubs, volunteer, or engage in community activities.
  4. Professional Help
    • Do: Seek therapy or counselling if overwhelmed.
    • Don’t: Consider seeking help as a weakness.
    • Resources: Therapy platforms like BetterHelp, Talkspace, and local mental health services.

Workplace Health

  1. Ergonomics
    • Do: Invest in ergonomic office equipment.
    • Don’t: Ignore posture and workplace setup.
    • Tips: Regular breaks and stretching exercises.
  2. Eye Health
    • Do: Follow the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds).
    • Don’t: Strain eyes with prolonged screen time.
    • Tips: Use blue light filters and ensure proper lighting.
  3. Hydration and Nutrition
    • Do: Keep hydrated and have healthy snacks.
    • Don’t: Rely on caffeine and sugar.
    • Tips: Keep a water bottle at the desk; choose nuts and fruits for snacks.


Careers Guide for our Community


  • Objective: To navigate and advance in your IT career effectively.
  • Scope: Includes career planning, skill development, job searching, and workplace success.

Career Planning

  1. Goal Setting
    • Do: Set clear, achievable short-term and long-term career goals.
    • Don’t: Set vague or unrealistic targets.
    • Tips: Use the SMART goal framework (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound).
  2. Career Path Exploration
    • Do: Research various roles and specialisations in IT.
    • Don’t: Limit yourself to one narrow path without exploring.
    • Resources: Industry blogs, online forums, informational interviews.
  3. Continuous Learning
    • Do: Stay updated with the latest technologies and trends.
    • Don’t: Become complacent with your current knowledge.
    • Tips: Take online courses and attend workshops and webinars.
  4. Personal Branding
    • Do: Build a professional online presence (LinkedIn, personal website).
    • Don’t: Post inappropriate content on social media.
    • Tips: Share your work, write blogs, and participate in online discussions.

Skill Development

  1. Technical Skills
      • Do: Master core skills (programming, system administration, etc.) and explore new ones (AI, cloud computing).
      • Don’t: Ignore the importance of hands-on experience and practical application.
      • Resources: Platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and GitHub for projects.
  2. Soft Skills
      • Do: Develop communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.
      • Don’t: Underestimate the importance of non-technical skills.
      • Tips: Engage in team projects, attend workshops, and read relevant books.
  3. Certifications and Education
      • Do: Consider obtaining certifications relevant to your career goals.
      • Don’t: Collect certifications without a strategic plan.
      • Tips: Research which certifications are most valued in your desired career path.
  4. Networking
      • Do: Build a professional network through events, online platforms, and alumni associations.
      • Don’t: Network only for personal gain; offer help to others too.
      • Tips: Be active on LinkedIn, join professional groups, and attend industry events.

Job Searching

  1. Resume and Cover Letter
    • Do: Tailor your resume and cover letter for each application.
    • Don’t: Send generic applications.
    • Resources: Online templates and career counselling services.
  2. Interview Preparation
    • Do: Research the company and practice common interview questions.
    • Don’t: Go into an interview without preparation.
    • Tips: Conduct mock interviews and review technical concepts.
  3. Salary Negotiation
    • Do: Know your worth and be prepared to discuss compensation.
    • Don’t: Accept the first offer without consideration.
    • Resources: Websites like Glassdoor for salary ranges and negotiation workshops.
  4. Evaluating Job Offers
    • Do: Consider the entire compensation package and growth opportunities.
    • Don’t: Focus solely on salary.
    • Tips: Weigh benefits, work culture, and career development prospects.

Workplace Success

  1. Performance and Feedback
    • Do: Seek regular feedback and be open to constructive criticism.
    • Don’t: Ignore feedback or become defensive.
    • Tips: Set up regular check-ins with your manager.
  2. Workplace Adaptability
    • Do: Be flexible and adaptable to change.
    • Don’t: Resist new methods or technologies.
    • Tips: Embrace continuous learning and be open to new challenges.
  3. Leadership and Initiative
    • Do: Take on leadership roles, even informally; show initiative in projects.
    • Don’t: Wait to be told what to do.
    • Tips: Volunteer for new projects and propose innovative solutions.
  4. Work-Life Balance
    • Do: Manage your time effectively and set boundaries.
    • Don’t: Let work consume your personal life.
    • Tips: Use time management tools and learn to say no when necessary.



Finances Guide for our Community


  • Objective: To effectively manage and grow your financial resources.
  • Scope: Includes budgeting, saving, investing, and planning for the future.

Budgeting and Expense Management

  1. Creating a Budget
    • Do: Track your income and expenses to create a realistic budget.
    • Don’t: Ignore small expenses; they add up.
    • Tips: Use budgeting apps like Mint or YNAB (You Need A Budget).
  2. Controlling Expenses
    • Do: Distinguish between needs and wants; prioritise spending.
    • Don’t: Spend impulsively or live beyond your means.
    • Tips: Limit credit card use, plan major purchases, and shop with a list.
  3. Emergency Fund
    • Do: Build an emergency fund covering 3-6 months of expenses.
    • Don’t: Neglect saving for unexpected financial shocks.
    • Tips: Automate savings to a separate account.
  4. Debt Management
    • Do: Pay off high-interest debts first (credit cards, personal loans).
    • Don’t: Take on unnecessary debt.
    • Tips: Consider debt consolidation or refinancing if necessary.

Saving and Investment

  1. Saving for Goals
    • Do: Set specific savings goals (vacation, home purchase).
    • Don’t: Save without a purpose.
    • Tips: Set up separate savings accounts for different goals.
  2. Investing
    • Do: Start investing early to benefit from compound interest.
    • Don’t: Put all your money in high-risk investments.
    • Tips: Diversify your portfolio, consider low-cost index funds, and use robo-advisors.
  3. Retirement Planning
    • Do: Contribute to retirement accounts (401(k), IRA).
    • Don’t: Delay retirement savings.
    • Resources: Financial advisors, retirement planning tools.
  4. Understanding Taxes
    • Do: Educate yourself about tax deductions and credits.
    • Don’t: Overlook tax-saving opportunities.
    • Tips: Use tax preparation software or consult a tax professional.

Financial Planning and Protection

  1. Insurance
    • Do: Have adequate insurance coverage (health, life, disability).
    • Don’t: Underestimate the need for protection against financial risks.
    • Tips: Review your insurance needs regularly and shop around for rates.
  2. Estate Planning
    • Do: Have a will and consider setting up trusts if necessary.
    • Don’t: Ignore estate planning, regardless of your age.
    • Tips: Consult with an estate planning attorney.
  3. Credit Score Management
    • Do: Regularly check and improve your credit score.
    • Don’t: Miss bill payments or utilise a high percentage of your credit limit.
    • Tips: Use credit report monitoring services and pay bills on time.
  4. Financial Education
    • Do: Continuously educate yourself about financial management.
    • Don’t: Rely solely on advice from friends or non-professionals.
    • Resources: Financial books, podcasts, online courses, seminars.

Additional Considerations Tips:

  1. Tech Industry Trends
    • Do: Stay informed about financial trends in tech (stock options, startups).
    • Don’t: Invest in tech trends without proper research.
    • Tips: Follow financial news in the tech sector.
  2. Side Projects and Freelancing
    • Do: Consider side projects for additional income.
    • Don’t: Let side gigs interfere with your primary job or personal life.
    • Tips: Manage time effectively and adhere to tax regulations for extra income.
  3. Networking and Career Growth
    • Do: Leverage professional growth for financial advancement.
    • Don’t: Neglect opportunities for salary negotiations and promotions.
    • Tips: Attend industry events, seek mentors, and be proactive in career development.



Relationships Guide for our Community


  • Objective: To build and maintain healthy personal and professional relationships.
  • Scope: Includes family, friends, romantic partners, and colleagues.

Personal Relationships

  1. Communication
    • Do: Practice active listening and open, honest communication.
    • Don’t: Avoid difficult conversations or assume others know your feelings.
    • Tips: Regular check-ins with loved ones; use communication tools effectively.
  2. Quality Time
    • Do: Dedicate specific times for family and friends.
    • Don’t: Let work consume all your time.
    • Tips: Plan activities, vacations, or simple family dinners.
  3. Conflict Resolution
    • Do: Address issues calmly and constructively.
    • Don’t: Let conflicts fester.
    • Resources: Books on effective communication and relationship counselling.
  4. Support Systems
    • Do: Build a network of support for tough times.
    • Don’t: Isolate yourself.
    • Tips: Join groups or communities with similar interests or experiences.

Professional Relationships

  1. Networking
    • Do: Attend industry events, conferences, and meetups.
    • Don’t: Network only when you need something.
    • Tips: Use LinkedIn actively; join professional associations.
  2. Mentorship
    • Do: Seek mentors and offer mentorship.
    • Don’t: Underestimate the value of experienced guidance.
    • Resources: Professional networks and company mentorship programs.
  3. Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Do: Contribute actively and respect diverse viewpoints.
    • Don’t: Dominate discussions or dismiss others' ideas.
    • Tips: Engage in team-building activities; embrace collaborative tools.
  4. Workplace Etiquette
    • Do: Maintain professionalism and respect boundaries.
    • Don’t: Engage in office politics or gossip.
    • Tips: Be punctual, responsible, and considerate in your interactions.

Romantic Relationships

  1. Work-Life Balance
    • Do: Ensure your career doesn't overshadow your relationship.
    • Don’t: Neglect your partner's needs.
    • Tips: Schedule regular date nights or activities together.
  2. Communication and Growth
    • Do: Share your goals, fears, and experiences.
    • Don’t: Keep your partner in the dark about your work stress.
    • Resources: Couple's therapy or workshops; relationship books.
  3. Understanding and Patience
    • Do: Be patient with your partner's different experiences and challenges.
    • Don’t: Dismiss your partner's feelings or concerns.
    • Tips: Show appreciation and be empathetic.


Was this article helpful?
0 out of 0 found this helpful



Please sign in to leave a comment.