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I.T. Career Energizer

Phil Burgess

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Dec 27, 2020

The Roadmap To Your Future Is Not In Your Resumè and Honour The Instincts That Shape Us with Laura Berman Fortgang 

Laura Berman Fortgang is recognised as a pioneer in the personal coaching field and part of the founding team of the International Coach Federation. She has brought coaching to NASA, Florida’s State Government and dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

 

She has made appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America and CNN, amongst others, as well as publishing five best-selling books including ‘Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction’ and ‘The Little Book On Meaning’. And in 2015 she gave a TEDx talk titled ‘How to Find Your Dream Job Without Ever Looking at Your Resume’ which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

 

Laura joins Phil to discuss why the roadmap to your future is never in your current resumè. Laura also talks about why we should trust our instincts when it comes to shaping our IT career.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

 

TOP CAREER TIP

Don’t look at your resume in order to find the next step in your career if you’re not happy with the role you’re currently performing. It’s only a chronological case study of the road you’ve taken so far, and doesn’t provide insight into where you’re headed.

 

WORST CAREER MOMENT

As a former actor, Laura gave her everything during a performance and was met by a damning response by an audience member. From this she learned to never take rejection personally.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Meeting Oprah Winfrey was the highlight of Laura’s career and taught her much about confidence and nerves, and how to handle the intimidation that many must have felt in that position.

 

THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T

Longevity and innovation is abundant. The challenge will be in how the industry scales, and what the next generation of professionals looks like. Seeing how the people in the industry age and grow will be fascinating to watch.

 

THE REVEAL

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? –

What’s the best career advice you received? – Be the best at what you do and be as single-minded as possible.

What’s the worst career advice you received? –

What would you do if you started your career now? – Laura would worry less and compare herself to others less.

What are your current career objectives? – Scaling her business from doing one-on-one training to one-on-many training scenarios.

What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Communication skills have been key to helping Laura build her business.

How do you keep your own career energized? – Reading and learning are a marvellous way of keeping our skills fresh.

What do you do away from technology? – Children taken up much of Laura’s time. Her other passion is crochet.

 

FINAL CAREER TIP

Honour those inklings inside you that tell you something inside of you is trying to evolve. Follow the small voices that try to guide you.

 

BEST MOMENTS

 

(10:14) – Laura - “We’re all supposed to be grownups and professionals and know our expertise, but in the end we’re just people”

(6:29) – Laura - “If there’s anyone out there thinking that they want to make a change, then your resume isn’t going to have the answer’

(14:40) – Laura – “Be the best at what you do. Be single-minded, and that doesn’t mean to compete with anyone other than yourself”

(16:00) – Laura – “If you create extraordinary results, that’s your own marketing. That’s your PR”

 

ABOUT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

 

Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organizations to design, develop, and implement software solutions.  Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers.  And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey.

 

CONTACT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

Phil can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/philtechcareer

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess

Facebook: https://facebook.com/philtechcareer

Instagram: https://instagram.com/philtechcareer

Website: https://itcareerenergizer.com/contact

 

Phil is also reachable by email at phil@itcareerenergizer.com and via the podcast’s website, https://itcareerenergizer.com

Join the I.T. Career Energizer Community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITCareerEnergizer

 

ABOUT THE GUEST – LAURA BERMAN FORTGANG

 

Laura Berman Fortgang is recognised as a pioneer in the personal coaching field and part of the founding team of the International Coach Federation. She has brought coaching to NASA, Florida’s State Government and dozens of Fortune 500 companies.

 

She has made appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America and CNN, amongst others, as well as publishing five best-selling books including ‘Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction’ and ‘The Little Book On Meaning’. And in 2015 she gave a TEDx talk titled ‘How to Find Your Dream Job Without Ever Looking at Your Resume’ which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

 

CONTACT THE GUEST – LAURA BERMAN FORTGANG

 

Laura Berman Fortgang can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraBFortgang/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-berman-fortgang/6/993/b9a

Website: https://laurabermanfortgang.com/

Dec 13, 2020

Don’t Be Afraid To Start At The Bottom and Stay Curious with Raffi Jamgotchian 

Phil’s guest on today’s show is Raffi Jamgotchian, the founder of Triada Networks. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a member of both Infragard and the US Secret Service’s Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force.

 

Raffi talks to Phil about why starting at the bottom is a good thing for anyone new to the world of IT as it provides experience and knowledge.

 

He also discusses the value of staying curious and why without curiosity, we may sometimes stagnate.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

 

TOP CAREER TIP

Don’t ever be afraid to do the “unsexy” jobs. Starting in support or the equivalent is always a good place to start as it provides you with a broad range of experience and understanding.

 

WORST CAREER MOMENT

Raffi gave notice at a job as he had received a verbal offer of a new one. However, he failed to get this offer in writing, and subsequently the new job fell through. Luckily it all worked out.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

After 9/11, Raffi oversaw a stringent series of systems and processes designed to withstand future outages. This was put to the test during a blackout, and again later during Hurricane Sandy. Each time, these new systems stood up to the test.

 

THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T

The tech world today is changing in so many revolutionary ways, and so rapidly. If you are curious, then being in IT is a wonderful world to work in as the possibilities for innovation and creation are endless.

 

THE REVEAL

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Money was the initial hook, but also the freedom that IT allows in shaping one’s destiny and future.

What’s the best career advice you received? – Stay curious!

What’s the worst career advice you received? – Don’t go into business for yourself. Starting his own business has been one of the most rewarding things in Raffi’s life.

What would you do if you started your career now? – Raffi wishes he had spent more time on experimentation rather than going to the book to learn.

What are your current career objectives? – Growing the company they have built, and focusing on training and mentoring new members of the team.

What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Honesty. People are drawn to this quality, so always tell the truth.

How do you keep your own career energized? – Always make sure you’re learning through whatever means possible.

What do you do away from technology? – Raffi is a political junkie, as well as a cyclist

 

FINAL CAREER TIP

Stay curious and don’t be afraid to try new things. It separates stagnation from progression.

 

BEST MOMENTS

 

(4:00) – Raffi - “Ultimately we’re supporting the business, we’re not in the business of technology, necessarily”

(9:19) – Raffi - “You never know what is going to happen. The best you can do is plan”

(13:43) – Raffi – “Testing things – ultimately that was where I learned the most, rather than a formal training class”

(14:28) – Raffi – “Let the chips fall where they may. Ultimately you will be rewarded because of your believability”

 

ABOUT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

 

Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organizations to design, develop, and implement software solutions.  Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers.  And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey.

 

CONTACT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

Phil can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/philtechcareer

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess

Facebook: https://facebook.com/philtechcareer

Instagram: https://instagram.com/philtechcareer

Website: https://itcareerenergizer.com/contact

 

Phil is also reachable by email at phil@itcareerenergizer.com and via the podcast’s website, https://itcareerenergizer.com

Join the I.T. Career Energizer Community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITCareerEnergizer

 

ABOUT THE GUEST – RAFFI JAMGOTCHIAN

 

Raffi Jamgotchian is the founder of Triada Networks. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a member of both Infragard and the US Secret Service’s Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force.

 

CONTACT THE GUEST – RAFFI JAMGOTCHIAN

 

Raffi Jamgotchian can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/triadanet

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raffijamgotchian/

Website: https://triadanet.com/

Book: https://triadanet.com/cybersecuritybook

 

Dec 6, 2020

Don’t Be Afraid To Learn New Things and Don’t Skip The Fundamentals with Nigel Poulton 

Phil’s guest on today’s show is Nigel Poulton, who does what he loves - playing with tech and teaching Kubernetes all around the world. He has trained well over 1 million people with Docker and Kubernetes.

 

He is also the author of Docker Deep Dive which was rated by Book Authority as the best ever book on Docker. And his latest book is The Kubernetes Book which is being updated a couple of times a year.

 

Nigel talks to Phil about why we must always seek to learn new things, and how this can keep us energised. He also discusses why today’s world is a golden age for technology and possibilities, and why we as IT professionals should be very excited.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

 

TOP CAREER TIP

Don’t ever be afraid to learn new things. Often, people are afraid to put themselves out there in case it’s too difficult, and they fail. Making mistakes is the only route to learning something.

 

WORST CAREER MOMENT

Nigel took a job that was convenient, but not challenging. He soon learned that without the chance to be challenged, and to develop each day, his love for the job rapidly deteriorated.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

Every time Nigel publishes a newly created product, such as a book or piece of video content, it gives a real buzz of excitement. It’s the same feeling when someone reaches out in response to something Nigel has made.

 

THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T

The tech world today is revolutionising the way we live, and allowing science fiction concepts to become a reality. For someone who grew up thinking these things could never happen, the world of today is an incredible place.

 

THE REVEAL

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Early computers, games, and technology through Nigels’ childhood sparked his imagination, and showed him what might be possible one day.

What’s the best career advice you received? – Nigel’s father mistakenly offered some limiting views on where technology could go, but thankfully Nigel foresaw more limitless possibilities.

What’s the worst career advice you received? –

What would you do if you started your career now? – Learning to code is a fundamental skill of IT, and one that Nigel recommends as a basic building block when it comes to your career.

What are your current career objectives? – Nigel wishes to reach people at the beginning of their careers, with the aim of simplifying their journeys.

What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Nigel’s accent has helped many people to connect with him, and has also made him stand out, especially in video.

How do you keep your own career energized? – By indulging in science fiction and reading, Nigel is able to keep his vision fresh, and look for future possibilities.

What do you do away from technology? – Nigel loves spending time with family, cars, and watching television as a way of unwinding.

 

FINAL CAREER TIP

Don’t skip the fundamentals and always look for chances to improve and innovate. We are living in a golden age for technology, and the potential for invention is limitless.

 

BEST MOMENTS

 

(4:27) – Nigel - “That’s the way that life should be – when you’re enjoying life so much that time flies”

(6;12) – Nigel - “99% of us find learning something new hard. Just don’t be afraid of it”

(11:33) – Nigel – “I’m not a “techie”, I’m an artist – I create something that connects with people”

(13:06) – Nigel – “The things that I dreamt of are already here, but they’re better than how I imagined them!”

(16:42) – Nigel – “The world of technology moves so fast, that I can never sit back comfortably and say “I’ve nailed it””

 

ABOUT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

 

Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organizations to design, develop, and implement software solutions.  Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers.  And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey.

 

CONTACT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

Phil can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/philtechcareer

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess

Facebook: https://facebook.com/philtechcareer

Instagram: https://instagram.com/philtechcareer

Website: https://itcareerenergizer.com/contact

 

Phil is also reachable by email at phil@itcareerenergizer.com and via the podcast’s website, https://itcareerenergizer.com

Join the I.T. Career Energizer Community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITCareerEnergizer

 

ABOUT THE GUEST – NIGEL POULTON

 

Nigel Poulton does what he loves - playing with tech and teaching Kubernetes all around the world. He has trained well over 1 million people with Docker and Kubernetes.

 

He is also the author of Docker Deep Dive which was rated by Book Authority as the best ever book on Docker. And his latest book is The Kubernetes Book which is being updated a couple of times a year.

 

CONTACT THE GUEST – NIGEL POULTON

 

Nigel Poulton can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nigelpoulton

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigelpoulton/

Website: https://nigelpoulton.com

Docker Deep Dive: https://www.amazon.com/Docker-Deep-Dive-Nigel-Poulton-ebook/dp/B01LXWQUFF/

The Kubernetes Book: https://www.amazon.com/Kubernetes-Book-Version-November-2018-ebook/dp/B072TS9ZQZ/

 

Oct 25, 2020

Read Your Way To Success and Don’t Compare Yourself To Others with Ian Reynolds 

Phil’s guest on today’s show is Ian Reynolds, a Partner and the Chief Solutions Architect at Zibtek, a software development company focused on helping businesses build custom software.

 

He has spent the better part of his career in consulting covering a diverse range of industries, including Finance, Oil & Gas and Healthcare. He now helps companies to solve their core business objectives with agile software development.

 

Ian talks about the importance of reading, and of constantly feeding your knowledge base. He also discusses the value of recognising your individuality, and always pushing yourself to see what you’re capable of.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

 

TOP CAREER TIP

You have to constantly read. Books should be your perennial companion. Reading leads to success. On average, the wealthiest Americans read 22 books per year.

 

WORST CAREER MOMENT

In an early job, Ian encountered an employee with behavioral issues. Rather than confront the issue, Ian chose to leave the job – decision that has caused him regret ever since.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

The highlight so far has been the acquisition and growth of Zibtek, along with the success achieved and the improvements made along the way. Many more ambitions has since been realized, with many more to come.

 

THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T

In terms of IT’s life in the world, we really are at the “Stone Age” period. The potential for how IT will change the world is staggering and infinite. To be at this crucial stage in its history is exhilarating.

 

THE REVEAL

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Ian recognized the changing world of IT, rapidly evolving from day to day, and aspired to be a part of its evolution.

What’s the best career advice you received? – Don’t be afraid to try new things.

What’s the worst career advice you received? – To not stand out. We must always endeavour to be the brightest talent out there.

What would you do if you started your career now? – Ian would embark upon business acquisition strategies far earlier.

What are your current career objectives? – To expand knowledge on particular subjects, with a current focus upon banking, legal and finance items.

What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Enhanced emotional intelligence. It is good to be non-emotional at times, but emotion can also propel us forward when needed.

How do you keep your own career energized? – Keeping dialogue channels open with family and friends allows Ian to experience new perspectives.

What do you do away from technology? – Aggressively reading!

 

FINAL CAREER TIP

Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to yourself and push yourself to see what you’re capable of.

 

BEST MOMENTS

 

(6:30) – Ian - “You are doing yourself a disservice if you are not constantly learning”

(9:20) – Ian - “In business, you’ve got to separate some degree of the emotional from the rational”

(9:59) – Ian – “Failure is not failure unless you fail to learn from it”

(18:03) – Ian – “Talking with people about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, has been the most helpful thing in keeping my career energized”

 

ABOUT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

 

Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organizations to design, develop, and implement software solutions.  Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers.  And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey.

 

CONTACT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS

Phil can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/philtechcareer

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess

Facebook: https://facebook.com/philtechcareer

Instagram: https://instagram.com/philtechcareer

Website: https://itcareerenergizer.com/contact

 

Phil is also reachable by email at phil@itcareerenergizer.com and via the podcast’s website, https://itcareerenergizer.com

Join the I.T. Career Energizer Community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITCareerEnergizer

 

ABOUT THE GUEST – IAN REYNOLDS

 

Ian Reynolds is a Partner and the Chief Solutions Architect at Zibtek, a software development company focused on helping businesses build custom software.

 

He has spent the better part of his career in consulting covering a diverse range of industries, including Finance, Oil & Gas and Healthcare. He now helps companies to solve their core business objectives with agile software development.

 

CONTACT THE GUEST – IAN REYNOLDS

 

Ian Reynolds can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms:

 

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/just_solve

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianjhreynolds/

Website: https://www.zibtek.com/

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