IT Career Energizer

IT Career Energizer

Want to learn what it takes to start, develop and build a successful career in the Information Technology industry? The IT Career Energizer podcast enables you to find out how. More than 250 IT and tech professionals, consultants and experts have shared their career experiences and insights to help you to succeed. Previous guests have included Jeff Atwood (Stack Overflow), Troy Hunt (Have I Been Pwned), Nicole Archambault (La Vie en Code), April Wensel (Compassionate Coding), Kent Beck (Agile Manifesto), Chani Simms (SHe CISO Exec Founder), Danny Thompson (Community Leader), Sanjeev Sharma (DevOps Expert) and many more industry recognised figures. Join Phil Burgess and his latest featured guest every Monday.

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May 2, 2021 35 min

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Nancy Hammervik, the Executive Vice President for Industry Relations at CompTIA, as well as CEO of CompTIA’s Tech Careers Academy, where she is responsible for elevating the association’s public profile among its member and across the IT industry.

Prior to joining CompTia (in 2011) Nancy had a 25 year career with United Business Media’s Everything Channel.

In this episode Nancy and Phil discuss th...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Peter Johnson, a QA engineer. He has contributed to test automation on a variety of software projects in embedded systems, web services and satellite communication software.

Peter talks about setting realistic goals, and how to stay on track with them. He also discusses the importance of persistence in achieving success.

Show notes for this episode can be found at https://itcareerenergizer.com/e29...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Neil Thompson, the founder of Teach The Geek, helping STEM professionals to communicate effectively by developing their public speaking skills.

Prior to Teach The Geek, he was a biomedical engineer, a freelance writer and a product development engineer as well as a professional speaker.

Neil talks about why we should always nurture and develop the soft skills that can make our IT careers far more ...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Mads Brodt, a front-end engineer from Copenhagen. He designs, creates and supports websites and applications for clients and for fun. And he loves using modern technology to create exceptional user experiences, always striving to create high quality products.

Mads discusses the importance of practical experience and how it can energise your career. He also talks about why finding your niche can in...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Mike Williams, the founder of BuildLab, a digital development and automation studio and the co-founder and CTO of SharpSeat, an Event Ticket Marketplace.

He is also a full-stack web developer with an emphasis on front-end-development & design and process automation.

Mike talks about the importance of focusing on things your passionate about so as to remain motivated. He also discusses why it’s...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Eric Matthes, author of Python Crash Course, the world’s best-selling guide to the Python Programming Language, published in 2015. He is also the author of Python Flash Cards for learners of all ages as well as a completely non-tech book, The Road to Alaska.

Eric talks about always remembering that people are interested in having problems solved, rather than technical brilliance displayed. He also...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Camille Fournier, an engineering executive, author of the books “The Manager’s Path” and “97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know.” She began her career with Microsoft in 2001 as a Software Design Engineer and by 2014 had been appointed Chief Technology Officer of Rent the Runway.

She is now the Managing Director of Two Sigma, with responsibility for management and strategy.

Camille talks ...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Matt Rosenthal, a technology and business strategist as well as the President & CEO of Mindcore, the leading IT solutions provider in New Jersey. He specialises in working with business owners and management to fix business processes and technology problems using his process mastery formula.

 

Matt talks about why it is crucial to put one’s ego aside in the world of IT, and how this can benefi...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Al Sweigart, a professional developer who teaches programming to kids and adults.

As well as being a speaker at Python conferences, he has written several bestselling programming books for beginners, including ‘Automate the Boring Stuff with Python’, ‘Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python’, ‘Cracking Codes with Python’, and ‘Coding with Minecraft’.

Al talks about the fact that many jobs are a...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Scott Turman, who has developed software and cryptographic systems over the last 25 years for some pretty big organisations such as NASA, Disney, Hilton and the US Department of Defence.

 

He is the founder of BrightRay Consulting which is a staffing and software solutions company that he formed 6 years ago.

 

Scott talks to Phil about making sure we achieve the worth for which we have worked by b...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Jeff Wald, the founder of Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers. He has also founded several other technology companies including Spinback, a social media sharing platform.

He is an active angel investor and start-up advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. He is also the author of the Amazon Best Seller ‘Th...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Oscar Santolalla, the author of "Rock the Tech Stage" and "Create and Deliver a Killer Product Demo". After a decade and a half in the technology arena, he embarked on a mission to help people in technology companies present better, inspire others, and sell more.

 

Since 2014, he has been hosting the public speaking podcast Time to Shine, for which he has interviewed more than 150 ...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Mark Richards, an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures and other distributed systems in a variety of technologies.

 

He has been in the software industry since 1983 and is the author of numerous technical books and videos. He has also spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a v...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Kelly Vaughn, a front end developer and founder of The Taproom, a Shopify Plus agency rooted in Atlanta. She and her team have helped hundreds of Shopify merchants build successful marketing strategies, map out customer journeys that convert and provide the insight, experience and tools businesses need to keep growing.

She’s passionate about all things, ‘entrepreneurship’. Since building her first...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Mark Herschberg, who has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500 companies, and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator”.

At Harvard Business School, he helped to create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools, and most recently, he has authored “The Car...

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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 ‘Th...

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Phil’s guest on today’s show is Shawn Livermore, a software engineer, a consultant, a software architect and a tech startup founder, managing to raise venture capital investment six times.

He has also authored several books on software and business including the recently released ‘Average Joe: Be the Silicon Valley Tech Genius’.

Shawn talks to Phil about why it’s important to choose carefully when applying to companies for work, an...

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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 an...

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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 abou...

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Phil’s guest on today’s show is Will Johnson, a developer, speaker, blogger and marketer who enjoys helping people reach their goals by using the power of social media. He is currently a Learner Advocate for Egghead.io and Presentation Director for Kansas City Women in Technology.

Will discusses the importance of specialising in one specific area rather than diluting our skills by spreading them too thin.

Will also talks about why ...

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