Explore the secrets of career success through insightful conversations with tech leaders at the top of their game. In each episode, we meet senior technology professionals who have the coolest jobs in tech and ask them to share how they’ve got to the top of their career. Expect conversations with global experts including cyber security leaders, directors of data, chief technology officers and augmented reality specialists.
Revealed: the top 5 in-demand tech roles for 2024
In this special episode of 'How Did You Get That Job?', host Shaun Cheatham looks at data from recruitment specialists Hays that reveals which tech roles are most in demand among employers in 2024.
During the show, he talks to Hays experts to uncover why these organisations need people in these roles, and which skills you need to get the job and succeed. Guests include Joshua Tang, Jason Barr, Giulia Bonvissuto and Breanna Mahan.
If you want to know more about the jobs mentions in Shaun's conversations, check out the full top 10 list here on the Hays website. Alternatively, if you want to take the next step in your tech career, head straight to our Job Search section.
How lifelong learning took me from a non-tech background to CIO, with Paul Smith (Amnesty International)
Paul Smith, CIO at Amnesty International, joins host Shaun Cheatham for another episode of the How Did You Get That Job? podcast. Based in the UK, Paul took a non-traditional path into tech and credits his passion for learning with his success today.
During his conversation with Shaun, Paul discusses his early career, his transition into working in tech and how building relationships with other leaders landed him his current role. He also shares what it’s like working for an organisation like Amnesty and how it helps to motivate him every day.
Listen to this episode for Paul’s thoughts on:
Learning the skills you need for career success The importance of “finding your tribe” Why diversity matters more than ever in tech Looking for more advice in your tech career? You’ll find great resources on the Jobseeker tab in our Insights section, such as tips on finding the right role for you, writing a CV and preparing for an interview. For more on learning the right skills, make sure to listen to our episode: ‘Revealed: how to develop the skills you need for a career in tech’.
Taking the leap into tech leadership, with Kumar Parakala (GHD Digital)
In the latest episode of How Did You Get That Job?, host Shaun Cheatham meets Kumar Parakala. Currently based in the US as President of GHD Digital, Kumar saw his career really take off when he moved to Australia, where he worked in a public sector role before spending 14 years at KPMG.
Kumar came on the podcast to discuss his career and how he got to where he is today. He is a huge advocate of taking risks, and speaks candidly about the benefits of this, as well as the negative impact this has had at times. He also shares his insights into what it takes to become a leader in tech today, as well as why he has championed diversity throughout his time in the workforce.
Listen to Shaun’s interview with Kumar for:
Advice on how to impress senior stakeholders Tips on how to be an effective leader in tech Reasons for embracing diversity Interested in making the next step in your tech career? Head over to the Insights section on the Hays website for advice on writing a CV, passing an interview and other ways to equip yourself with the skills you need.
What it takes to lead the US Army Cyber Command, with Neil Khatod
How Did You Get That Job? is back and we’re starting by recognising Cyber Security Awareness Month this October. Shaun’s guest is Neil Khatod, who recently left the US Army after 30 years of service. Neil most recently served as COO of US Army Cyber Command, where he was responsible for defending a network with over 1.4m endpoints.
In a fascinating conversation, Neil tells us about his experiences of working on the army’s offensive and defensive cyber and the difficult decisions he had to make as part of the role. He shares his thoughts on leadership and the humility required to be an effective and professional head of a team. We also ask him for any advice on working in cyber security, and the steps he took to reach his esteemed position.
Listen to this episode to:
Hear about Neil’s career journey in the US Army Discover three key tips on ways to succeed in a cyber security role Find out what cyber security leaders are seeking in a new recruit Learn the rules by which he lives as a leader Interested in working in cyber security? Visit the Insights section on the Hays website for blogs on choosing the right tech role for you, writing a resumé and preparing for a technical interview.
Revealed: how to develop the skills you need for a career in tech
The pace of change in the tech industry is very high, meaning you always need to be open to enhancing your skills. At Hays, we call this skills development, but in the wider industry you may hear it called “upskilling”.
In this special episode, Shaun Cheatham is joined by Harry Gooding - Solutions Director at Hays and presenter of the Tech Founders series from Hays. Together, they discuss what is happening in the industry at the moment, how best to determine which skills you need to learn for success and, more importantly, how to find the correct course for you! Harry also shares how to show off your newly found skills on your resume, while we look back on past episodes from this series to hear guests mention how they’ve had to develop their skills.
If you are interested in learning more about Hays’ skills development advice, visit www.expertsintechnology.hays.com.
Why moving from finance to tech pays off, with Evangelina Avendano (EY GDS)
In this episode we meet Evangelina Avendano, Location Leader at EY GDS. We speak to her about her career and discover more about her path from the technology industry to finance, only to come back to tech in her present role. She shares her reasons for makingthe transition, the differences between industries and what advice she has for others who are looking to make the change.
We also speak to her about being a woman in the industry and how she was told to be bold and raise her hand, advice she feels has helped her to get to where she is today. We also speak to her about the use of meditation and mindfulness in the workplace and the advantages of this.
By listening to this episode, you will:
Learn the differences between the technology and finance industry and get ideas on how to migrate sectors seamlessly.Discover more about the Mexican tech market and the unique attributes it has over other countries in the world.The use of applying meditation in the corporate setting and how it can help you see more clearly when making decisions. If you are interested in learning more about the tech industry, visit the Insights section atwww.expertsintechnology.hays.com where you will find information on choosing the right tech role for you, resume advice and also preparing for an interview in the tech space.
Great insights from industry leaders
New podcast series gives great insights from tech leaders