In this episode Peter and I discuss his tips for career success including having a mindset that says yes, how you can be a ‘late bloomer’ and still find your passion for technology, and we discuss how his career has developed at pace over the past few years starting out with taking some Microsoft certifications through to becoming a Microsoft MVP.
You can listen to the episode here or on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and whole host more!
When not demonstrating his shadow-puppet mastery to passing strangers, Justin Morris is working for Microsoft as a Microsoft Teams Meeting Ranger helping customers get the most out of Teams.
Justin is a former Microsoft MVP for Unified Communications, comes from a consulting and architectural background, and you can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.
In this episode, Justin discusses his evolution from technologist into a more commercial sales driven role and back again including time spent building a business unit from scratch, and how his technical skills have changed alongside this. His advice today revolves around identifying where & how you can add value in an organisation, and being proactive in creating opportunities for your self.
You can hear the podcast here or on your favourite Podcast App – just search for Careering Out of Control on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and many more!!
When not having issues with the size of furniture in IKEA, Angela Bos is a Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, and comes from a tech background working as a Presales Consultant and Technical Specialist in the Microsoft Unified Communications space. You can find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Angela is a champion for Diversity & Inclusion in the tech scene and is the Women in Technology lead on the Women@Microsoft UK board, she speaks globally on a range of subjects and was nominated for a CRN Women in Channel Award 2020. Angela is also part of TechHer and if anyone wants to learn more about TechHer, follow the link above and join the community on LinkedIn!
In this episode, Angela shares her story and gives some fascinating insights into a ‘Squiggly’ Career Path, the importance of community and Personal Brand in career development, and discusses some options for increasing the candidate pool of diverse applicants.
You can hear the podcast here, or on your favourite Podcast App – just search for Careering Out of Control on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and many more!!
When not being photobombed by Satya Nadella, Samit Saini is a Microsoft MVP for Business Applications working as the Power Platform Administrator at Heathrow Airport.
You can find Samit on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube and his story is quite frankly one of the most inspiring I have had the pleasure to hear. 2 years ago Samit was a Security Guard at Heathrow who started playing around with PowerApps in his evenings, and from there he was transported into the crazy world of tech ending up on stage with Satya in front of 20,000 people. You can read more about this here.
On the episode we discuss how the career paths into IT have changed, the importance of finding your community for learning and advice, and what a new mindset for learning and development has done for Samit personally and professionally.
This episode here or you can listen on Spotify, Google Apps, iTunes and many more!
When not stalking Scott ‘The Godfather’ Guthrie and not letting him leave without a photo (can you see the silent call for help behind the forced smile?) Gregor Suttie is a Microsoft MVP for Azure currently working as an Azure Architect for Intercept, a Microsoft Consulting firm.
In this episode Gregor discusses what he thinks it takes to level up your career: his advice includes committing to learning, finding your community to learn from and contribute to, and we look at the importance of networking.
This episode can be listened to here and on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and many more!!
When not larking about on Teams, Lesley Crook is a Microsoft MVP for Yammer working as a Teams Adoption Consultant for Symity.
Lesley blogs on LinkedIn and can be found on Twitter where she writes and shares all things Yammer and Teams with a clear focus on collaboration, training and change management. Her background is non-technical and she found herself in the Tech industry after falling in love with the Yammer product and nurturing its rollout to more than 50,000 users while at GSK.
With a Secretarial and Internal Comms background and now a User Adoption and Marcomms professional, Lesley has interesting insights on what it takes to reinvent your career, including putting yourself in uncomfortable situations, sharing your work by Working Out Loud and trying a Growth Mindset.
You can listen to this episode here or through your favourite podcast platform. We are live on Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes (this sometimes takes a while!) and many more!!
When not leaning nonchalantly against windowless ruins, Steve Goodman is a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps & Services who works as an Architect at Content & Cloud. He has written numerous books, was a founder of the Microsoft Cloud User Group (MSCUG), runs the All About 365 podcast with Jay & Steve, is a long-time contributor to Practical 365… the list goes on.
Steve’s advice includes working on your interpersonal and ‘soft’ communication skills, involving yourself with the community in your technical area (maybe evening speaking at a meetup or user group), blogging about what you are learning as a way of really understanding it and keeping yourself honest.
Our first ever podcast where we meet Tom Arbuthnot, Microsoft MVP and Principal Consultant at Modality Systems.
When not posing for ‘Black & White Headshot’ magazine, Tom is a blogger and vlogger at www.tomtalks.blog, runs the Microsoft Unified Communications User Group (MUCUGL) in London, contributes to a huge array of publications, blogs and podcasts, and is a Principal Consultant at Modality Systems.
He has a focus on Microsoft Teams and Unified Communications, and his advice involves building a mindset for training and change, identifying at what point to specialise and to also become less specialist, and that a solid presence on LinkedIn and social media is a great way to help develop your career.
We hope you enjoy it – you can listen to it here and it can also be found on:
I feel that what is needed now is a resource that will allow anyone who listens to take away advice and ideas on how to level up their career and hopefully take control of the next stage in their working lives.
I will be interviewing anyone who I feel has an interesting take on their career, initially from the Microsoft technical world and potentially moving into a broader spectrum of roles, all with a tech focus.
Regardless of technical background, what has become apparent over the years is that there are similarities between what people who move their careers forward do, and I have put them into five categories that I’ll be speaking about:
Know where you are going
Decide how to get there
Go the extra mile to achieve this
Find your tribe / people
Show your experience
I’ll be seeing which of these the people I speak to have worked with, I’ll go into more detail on this during the podcast 🙂
I hope you enjoy the shows, and please do share them when you get the chance…