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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.

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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.

    Trust Yourself and Remember To Ask For Help with Tyler Rohrer

    Trust Yourself and Remember To Ask For Help with Tyler Rohrer

    In this week’s show, Phil talks to Tyler Rohrer, a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience around end user computing. He has worked in and around the most progressive and challenging deployments in the world.
    And most recently, he founded Remotely INC, the world’s first Hyper Converged Console. He is leveraging his experience in the digital workspace and end user computing space to help enterprise companies contend with the daily security risks they face with remote and hybrid end users.
    Tyler talks about the importance of trusting your instincts when it comes to your career. He also discusses why it’s okay to ask for help and guidance when needed.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
     
    TOP CAREER TIP
    Always trust your instincts. They are generally trying to lead you in the right direction. Listen to what your heart says to you.
     
    WORST CAREER MOMENT
    After hitting the wrong button, a software malfunction occurred, but it taught Tyler the value in always taking the utmost care, and to own up to your mistakes.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHT
    Tyler was instrumental in the creation of VM Ware, which was subsequently acquired. This led to his appearing at a conference in front of Michael Dell.
     
    THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
    The unbounded nature of IT itself. This is a field in which you can literally learn about, and gain mastery over, things we never considered possible.
     
    THE REVEAL
    What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Tinkering with things and fixing them when broken.
    What’s the best career advice you received? – Take chances!
    What’s the worst career advice you received? – Follow the rules and DON’T take chances.
    What would you do if you started your career now? – Look more into automation and robotics
    What are your current career objectives? – To take all the lessons learned and distill them into a book
    What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Endurance and persistence
    How do you keep your own career energized? – Balance technical interests with sports and other pursuits.
    What do you do away from technology? – Rally driving, hiking outdoors and exploring nature.
     
    FINAL CAREER TIP
    Ask for help if you need it. It’s okay to not know everything, and you only learn by seeking answers from others.
     
    BEST MOMENTS
    (4:04) – Tyler – “We think of scale in one dimension right now”
    (7:00) – Tyler - “Having the confidence to bring your best self to every conversation really goes a long way”
    (6:00) – Tyler – “More than anything else, trust yourself”
    (10:50)– Tyler – “I’ve learned as much from the good ideas as the poor ones”
     
    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/_PhilBurgess
    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/_philburgess
    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 – TYLER ROHRER
    Tyler Rohrer is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience around end user computing. He has worked in and around the most progressive and challenging deployments in the world.
    And most recently, he founded Remotely INC, the world’s first Hyper Converged

    • 23 min
    Focus On The Soft Skills and Read, Read, Read with Arpit Mohan

    Focus On The Soft Skills and Read, Read, Read with Arpit Mohan

    In this week’s show, Phil talks to Arpit Mohan, who has always been fascinated by technology, from taking apart has Tamagotchi to creating a mobile game that went viral.
    He is the co-founder and CTO of Appsmith, an open-source project built by engineers for engineers. It is now used by more than 1,000 teams, employs people in 8 countries and has raised over $10 million in capital.
    Arpit talks about the value of focussing upon soft skills such as communication and enhancing teams. He also discusses the value of reading, and how it can make you a better writer.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
     
    TOP CAREER TIP
    Software engineers focus on the tools and the code too much, we should focus more upon the soft skills that go with the job, such as the people and the teams.
     
    WORST CAREER MOMENT
    Arpit ran a delete query on a database, and mistyped the command, which wiped every order in the company’s system for the previous six months. This taught him the value of quality checking every moment.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHT
    While running a mobile game company, the game they were working on went viral. The user database began to grow very rapidly. 
     
    THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
    Software and IT has endless potential to provide solutions for the world. There are numerous ways in which the physical world cannot achieve certain things, but IT and software can make these things a reality.
     
    THE REVEAL
    What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – The ability to create and express himself as a builder
    What’s the best career advice you received? – Make your manager look good
    What’s the worst career advice you received? – To focus on the money and compensation, and to go for the jobs that pay the best.
    What would you do if you started your career now? – Arpit would focus upon the internals of systems
    What are your current career objectives? – Trying to be a better leader, and to become a more effective communicator
    What’s your number one non-technical skill? – The ability to write long form formats, such as memos.
    How do you keep your own career energized? – Read, read, read!
    What do you do away from technology? – Running, fitness and spending time with family
     
    FINAL CAREER TIP
    Reading is incredibly important. The more you read, the better you write.
     
    BEST MOMENTS
    (3:16) – Arpit – “I’ve always been bedazzled by the ability to create”
    (6:06) – Arpit - “A lot of people end up being senior engineers, but junior humans, but it should be the other way around”
    (7:00) – Arpit – “What will get you ahead in life is when you build trust with your team”
    (16:46)– Arpit – “I’m very optimistic about careers in IT, because that’s where the future is”
     
    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/_PhilBurgess
    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/_philburgess
    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 – ARPIT MOHAN
    Arpit Mohan is the co-founder and CTO of Appsmith, an open-source project built by engineers for engineers. It is now used by more than 1,000 teams, employs people in 8 countries an

    • 23 min
    Make Sure Your Customers Are Your Kind Of People and Always Empower Others with Alexander Embiricos

    Make Sure Your Customers Are Your Kind Of People and Always Empower Others with Alexander Embiricos

    In this week’s show, Phil talks to Alexander Embiricos, cofounder and CEO of Remotion, a virtual office that brings hybrid teams to life.
    Before starting Remotion, he was a Product Manager at Dropbox, as well as having studied Computer Science at Stanford.
    Alexander talks about the value in identifying a customer base that you can relate to on a personal level. He also discusses the value in empowering others.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
     
    TOP CAREER TIP
    In your job, make sure that the people you deal with – your customer base – are the kinds of people that you enjoy talking to.
     
    WORST CAREER MOMENT
    While working for Dropbox, Alexander realized that he did not have the sufficient manpower to meet an important deadline. He ended up performing the work himself, but was advised that this was not the point of project managing.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHT
    A video call with a customer, which resulted in Alexander being told how useful the Remotion tool had been to their way of working.
     
    THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
    Seeing how the community is able to build upon the work of others, iterating products and services, and pushing to see what is possible.
     
    THE REVEAL
    What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Being able to build upon other people’s work.
    What’s the best career advice you received? –Make sure that you enjoy talking to the people you have to talk to.
    What’s the worst career advice you received? – Focus on what will get your promoted, and not what the customer needs.
    What would you do if you started your career now? – Become an engineer instead of a product manager.
    What are your current career objectives? – How to distribute products more effectively, and how to be a better manager.
    What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Being curious about what other people think or are interested in.
    How do you keep your own career energized? – The feeling of creating something and delivering it.
    What do you do away from technology? – Sports and time with friends.
     
    FINAL CAREER TIP
    Always do your best to empower others so that they can solve problems for themselves.
     
    BEST MOMENTS
    (8:57) – Alexander – “Choose a target audience and make sure that, even when things are going horribly, that you’ll feel energized about the conversation”
    (9:51) – Alexander - “Instead of focusing on what you’re going to build, focus on who you are going to build for”
    (18:10) – Alexander – “In IT, it is much easier to build upon the work of others”
    (21:50)– Phil – “Everyone is different, so the way you deal with one person will be different to another”
     
    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/_PhilBurgess
    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/_philburgess
    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 – ALEXANDER EMBIRICOS
    Alexander Embiricos is the cofounder and CEO of Remotion, a virtual office that brings hybrid teams to life.
    Before starting Remotion, he was a Product Manager at Dropbox, as well as having studied Computer Science at Stanford.
     
    CONTACT THE GUEST –

    • 26 min
    Can One Person Kill an Entire Industry? ‘Once Upon Atari’ with Howard Scott Warshaw

    Can One Person Kill an Entire Industry? ‘Once Upon Atari’ with Howard Scott Warshaw

    In this week’s show, Phil talks to Howard Scott Warshaw, a video game pioneer, an award-winning filmmaker, an innovative technologist, an author, and a Museum of Modern Art artist. He now employs this eclectic skillset as a psychotherapist in California’s Silicon Valley.
    His latest book, “Once Upon Atari” (subtitled How I made history by killing an industry) details his exploits at Atari and how they reshaped his life.
    Howard talks about why we should remember that goals are only achieved through hard work and perseverance. He also discusses the value to be found in understanding what it is that we really want in life.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
     
    TOP CAREER TIP
    Be prepared to pay your dues when it comes to your career. Dreams are all well and good, but always recognize that hard work is required in order to achieve them.
     
    WORST CAREER MOMENT
    While working on Yars Revenge, Howard insisted on carving out his own path for the game but was forced to admit later that the game he’s insisted upon was not good.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHT
    While being interviewed by Steven Spielberg in order to discuss a game version of Raiders of The Lost Ark, Howard not only got to meet his hero, but also was allowed to tour the Warner Brothers Studio.
     
    THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
    IT is so wide open. One piece of tech can often give birth to whole new worlds and ways of thinking. The future is almost boundless when it comes to innovation.
     
    THE REVEAL
    What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Computers in college showed Howard a life he wanted to pursue.
    What’s the best career advice you received? –That the world of technology is chaotic!
    What’s the worst career advice you received? – That he was throwing his life away to make video games.
    What would you do if you started your career now? – Howard would focus more on handheld apps
    What are your current career objectives? – Howard enjoys taking longstanding problems and applying new ways of solving them.
    What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Hypervigilance.
    How do you keep your own career energized? – Always try new things and seek out new challenges.
    What do you do away from technology? – Movies, TV shows, and exploring new places in his own mind.
     
    FINAL CAREER TIP
    Understand what it is that you want, and the you that you really wish to be, and then start a journey that takes you, day by day, towards the version of yourself that you wish to be.
     
    BEST MOMENTS
    (20:13) – Howard – “Most successful products do not realise 100% of their design”
    (24:15) – Howard- “Success has a thousand parents, but failure is an orphan”
    (26:25) – Howard – “Be prepared to have your dreams corrected. The difference between your fantasy of where you’re trying to get to and the reality of being there can be harsh”
    (36:01 – Howard – “IT is at the forefront of the toolset that’s going to help make people’s lives better. To me that’s the most exciting thing you can do”
     
    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/_PhilBurgess
    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/_philburgess
    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

    • 52 min
    Make Yourself Replaceable and Remember That “NO” Stands For New Opportunities with Janet T Phan

    Make Yourself Replaceable and Remember That “NO” Stands For New Opportunities with Janet T Phan

    In this week’s show, Phil talks to Janet T Phan, the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements and Senior Technical Product Manager for Amazon’s Project Kuiper.
    She has a vision to develop and empower young women in STEM to make a sustainable impact and inspire the next generation of women leaders.
    Janet talks to Phil about the value in making ourselves replaceable in the industry. She also discusses why “no” can mean a whole new world of opportunities for you.
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
     
    TOP CAREER TIP
    Technology grows every day. If we make ourselves as replaceable as possible, then we show up for ourselves, and allow our skillsets to be easily passed on to others.
     
    WORST CAREER MOMENT
    In a previous role, early in her career, Janet told her manager that she had aspirations to be a manager herself. This was met with derision by her superior, and unfortunately changed her attitude towards Janet into one of negativity.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHT
    Janet was part of a huge global launch that went exceedingly well, impressing the global leadership, despite their reservations about her way of implementing it.
     
    THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
    IT is ever evolving and requires a universe of different backgrounds and perspectives to make its applications as universal as possible. This means that it requires inclusivity and diversity in order to function at its best.
     
    THE REVEAL
    What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Janet was inspired by her professor.
    What’s the best career advice you received? –Do now, and ask for forgiveness later.
    What’s the worst career advice you received? – That becoming a manager was almost impossible.
    What would you do if you started your career now? – Janet would focus on data analysis.
    What are your current career objectives? – Expanding into technical product management
    What’s your number one non-technical skill? – A love of people.
    How do you keep your own career energized? – Exploring areas where true positive impacts can be made.
    What do you do away from technology? – American football, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and other physical pursuits.
     
    FINAL CAREER TIP
    Anytime you face rejection or hear the word “no”, remember that NO stands for new opportunities.
     
    BEST MOMENTS
    (3:57) – Janet – “Train the next generation and make opportunities for them”
    (15:25) – Janet- “IT is an ever-evolving field”
    (16:41) – Janet – “There are so many opportunities for people who are from different backgrounds. You don’t have to enjoy or love computer programming to be in it”
    (17:24) – Janet – “We need all personality types in order to make technology successful”
     
    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/_PhilBurgess
    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/_philburgess
    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 – JANET T PHAN
    Janet T Phan is the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements and Senior Technical Product Manager for Amazon’s Project Kuiper.
    She has a vision to develop and empower young women in STEM

    • 26 min
    The Power Of Networking and Always Practice Self-Care with Jossie Haines

    The Power Of Networking and Always Practice Self-Care with Jossie Haines

    In this week’s show, Phil talks to Jossie Haines, a software engineering leader at the forefront of emerging customer technology across Silicon Valley. She has held management roles at Apple, Zynga and American Express and she is currently VP of Software Engineering and Head of DEI at Tile.
    She’s also a public speaker and she coaches technology leaders on creating inclusive and diverse working spaces.
    Jossie talks about the importance of networking in growing your career in tech. She also discusses the value of resilience, and why we must practice self-care
     
    KEY TAKEAWAYS:
     
    TOP CAREER TIP
    Networking is invaluable to your career. So many people in tech are introverted, but they must try to do better to get to know others, as the positive impacts are very important.
     
    WORST CAREER MOMENT
    At Apple, Jossie found that being too nice was not always effective when it came to developing her leadership qualities.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHT
    Working for Tile has provided many highlights as it has allowed Jossie to make the biggest impact. During her tenure, she has successfully grown a team and implemented a more inclusive culture.
     
    THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
    Tech has solved many convenience problems, and is now maturing into a sector that will provide life-changing issues for the world, including racial and gender diversity.
     
    THE REVEAL
    What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – Jossie was given a Commodore 64 for Christmas
    What’s the best career advice you received? – It’s important to learn from your mistakes and not dwell on them.
    What’s the worst career advice you received? – That the first step in your career will define it forever.
    What would you do if you started your career now? – Jossie would not have gone to grad school.
    What are your current career objectives? – To positively impact women in tech through empowerment, education and retention.
    What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Empathy.
    How do you keep your own career energized? – Finding the right work life balance
    What do you do away from technology? – Spending time with her puppies, walking and hiking, visiting the beach, playing video games and travelling.
     
    FINAL CAREER TIP
    Thriving in technology is about building resilience, building your network, and practicing self-care.
     
    BEST MOMENTS
    (8:36) – Jossie – “I want to help empower leaders to build those inclusive and diverse teams”
    (9:28) – Jossie - “Networking, networking, networking! It’s invaluable to your career!”
    (10:29) – Jossie – “We need to have resilience in order to thrive”
    (12:57) – Jossie – “Niceness is something that a lot of people suffer from and it really can impact your career”
     
    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/_PhilBurgess
    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/philburgess
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/_philburgess
    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 – JOSSIE HAINES
    Jossie Haines is a software engineering leader at the forefront of emerging customer technology across Silicon Valley. She has held management roles at Apple, Zynga a

    • 32 min

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Mgjkngxn ,

Very informative

Been listening to these podcasts for a while and find them very informative and interesting, great for people wanting to progress their IT career.

Oscar Lagatta ,

Great

I've listened Dan Wahlin and made me realise even more how much I love my career. Great Podcast, looking forward for more.

gutfeelboy ,

Very informative....and interesting

great podacst beacuse its ordinary people who just happen to be IT professionals that can offer real world experience.

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