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 300 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.

Episodes

April 10, 2022 31 min

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Don Pezet, the CTO and Lead Edutainer at ITPro.TV. He has been working in the IT industry since 1997 and has been training others since 2001. He is a certified trainer with many vendors including Microsoft, CompTIA, Google and Cisco.

His combination of real-world experience, textbook knowledge, and a questionable sense of humour have helped him to entertain and educate thousands of people.

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Greg Edwards, a technology entrepreneur since 1998. Before founding CryptoStopper, he started Axis Backup, a backup and disaster recovery company for the insurance industry. In 2015, Axis backup was acquired by J2 Global, enabling the creation of CryptoStopper which focuses exclusively on cybersecurity.

Greg talks about the importance of following up when it comes to the recruitment process. He al...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Kirk Marple, a customer-focused technology leader. He is the CEO and Founder of Unstruk Data and has more than 25 years of experience developing media management pipelines, leading DevOps at venture backed companies and structuring successful exits.

Kirk talks to Phil about how taking risks and looking for opportunities can often provide the most growth. He also discusses the importance in looking...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Craig Goodwin, the co-founder of Cyvatar.ai, a game-changing cybersecurity firm that makes cybersecurity simple for businesses by providing fully managed, customer-centric security solutions.

He is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, having held the role of Global Chief Security Officer for a number of large public and private s...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Maura Charles, the founder of Keep it Human, a digital innovation consultancy. She has 25 years of experience working in digital transformation and digital product management for beloved brands like Bloomingdale’s, Real Simple, and the New York Philharmonic.

She loves helping teams get unstuck by finding the right digital processes to build bridges between the technology side and human side so tha...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Kevin Harris, who has been in the IT field for over 20 years, holding positions that range from Systems Analyst to Chief Information Officer.

He is now a higher education administration official at American Public University System, continuing to make system improvements to support student success and learning. As a faculty member he has delivered instruction in several disciplines including busin...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Leon Kuperman, the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Cast AI. He has worked in technology for more than 20 years in roles that cover product management, software design & development though to production deployment.

 

Leon talks about the value in fostering an engineering mind-set. He also discusses the importance of following our passions and how working on things we’re interested in ...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Sunir Shah, the founder and CEO of AppBind as well as president of the Cloud Software Association. He has spent his career creating and selling software products to improve how the internet works. And he believes that nothing is more profitable than becoming a piece of the internet!

Sunir talks to Phil about why we should make use of the internet to reach out to those with knowledge and experience...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Meredydd Luff, the CEO and cofounder of Anvil, a platform for building full-stack web apps entirely in Python.

He has a PhD in building usable programming systems from Cambridge University and he wants to make programming more accessible for everyone.

Meredydd talks about the importance of finding your “and” – the secondary skill that adds value to you. He also discusses why bringing your unique o...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Ulf Schwekendiek, the first mobile engineer at Siri before it was acquired by Apple as well as a co-founder of Ditto which was acquired by Groupon.

He is now the co-founder and CEO of Centered, designing the platform and building a team that shares his passion for achieving mindfulness at work.

Ulf talks about the importance of keeping your creative spirit alive as your career progresses. He also ...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Matthew Gaddy, a productivity and high-performance coach for engineers, helping them to operate at their best so that they can produce work that makes a difference.

He is on a mission to increase productivity in a way that reduces stress and fosters a quality working environment.

Matthew talks about the importance of visualizing our ideal outcomes and sticking to the roadmap that will take us ther...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Michal Juhas, who has worked in the tech industry for more than 16 years. He has held a variety of positions during his career, from software developer to chief technical officer.

And in 2019 he founded Geek Recruiters and he is now an IT Talent Advisor, Recruiter, Career Coach and Trainer as well as the author of 6 books and the creator of multiple video courses.

Michal joins Phil to talk about w...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Edidiong Asikpo, a developer advocate who writes technical articles about Kubernetes, web development, soft skills and open-source contributions.

She has given more than 50 talks at various tech conferences and meetups around the world and also played a significant role in building three of the most impactful developer communities in Africa.

Edidiong talks about the importance of embracing new opp...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Sham Jabeen, who has worked in the tech industry for the past 12 years, starting her career is an Account Manager for an IT support and services company.

She is now a Senior Account Manager for Total Computers, where she works in partnership with vendors such as Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Microsoft and Google, and manages clients in the legal, financial and gaming industries.

She is also the co-...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Ben Hong, a Vue.js Core Team Member and a Staff Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify as well as a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies & Map Platforms. He has spoken, taught and Emc’ed around the world at events such as VueConfUS, Vue Toronto and O’Reilly’s Fluent Conf.

He is also a lead instructor at Vue Mastery, one of the premier learning platforms for the Vue.js community.

Ben d...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Annie Liew, who graduated from a Front-End bootcamp in summer 2019 and is currently the Front-End Engineering Lead at Pastel. She’s passionate about bringing the technical and visual aspects of digital products to life and cares deeply about the user experience, beautiful pixels and writing clean, accessible code.

Her goal is to become exceptional at Front-End built on strong foundational UX conce...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Toni Collis, the CEO of Collis-Holmes Innovations, an award-winning leader, International Keynote speaker, Consultant and Leadership Coach. Her career has focused on facilitating the use of technology, and she believes that this requires true diversity in the future leadership of the tech industry.

As Founder of Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC), she developed and led innovations aiming t...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Devin Ford, a self-taught front-end developer who enjoys solving complex problems under pressure. And he regularly tweets about what he’s doing and shares what he’s learnt along the way.

Devin talks about the power of networking and how it can accelerate your career. He also discusses why resilience is the key to learning, and how to overcome rejection.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

 

TOP CAREER TIP

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Jack Domleo, a front-end developer who loves working with web technologies and creating things for users to interact with. He has a particular passion for UX, accessibility and self-development.

He is also the author of “Level-Up Your Career Today: Developer Edition” as well as a blogger and a speaker. Jack talks about the importance of diversifying when it comes to projects. He also discusses why...

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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Michelle Barker, a Lead Front End Developer for Atomic Smash and the author of front-end blog CSS In Real Life. She likes to build fun, creative websites and side projects that are also performant and accessible.

She has written articles and regularly speaks about front end development at web conferences and meetups, covering topics such as CSS Grid Layout and CSS Custom Properties.

Michelle talks...

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