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Helping Hand: A follow on from the IT Energizer Podcast

In an earlier blog post, I shared some news about a recent podcast I had been invited to go on.

The podcast by Phil Burgess is called the IT Energizer and aims to help and inspire others in the IT world.  You can find the episode here.

A few days after the episode aired, a listener contacted me directly to thank me for my time, sharing my experience and the tips I offered listeners.

I still consider myself a learner despite 20+ years experience and no two weeks are the same!

We swapped a few emails and the listener went onto say they weren’t quite happy with the direction they were heading in and asked for help around this:

Actually, am not really enjoying life at [REMOVED] and I thought perhaps I could get a few words of advice on that, it’s not a place to grow an IT career, am writing my MCSA exams Server 2016 next week and am beginning to think what next, being an MVP, what do you suggest? , I have a coding background and looking forward to an MCSD too

Will be great to hear your feedback.

I offered some tips around documenting his learning and sharing that with the community:

  • Get your own domain name (if you don’t have one).
  • Document weekly, fortnightly or even monthly about what you’re doing
  • Share lessons learned, how you done X or Y
  • Share this across social
  • Setup a public FB page, become active on Twitter and LinkedIn
    • Seek users in the areas you’re interested in
  • Look towards doing Azure Exams.  In the next few years, companies will be increasingly migrating to the cloud or hybrid cloud
  • Assign yourself a small programming project, maybe a contact management application
    • Write on your blog about this
    • Put the code on GitHub
    • Share across your social platforms
  • Do this for 6-12 months and you will have:
    • Firmed up your throughs and thinking process
    • Given back to the community
    • Grown your network and influence
    • Improved portfolio which will make yourself more marketable
    • Upskilled in tech

This only tool a few minutes out of my evening and is by no means exhaustive. I can already think of other items to add to the list.

I look forward to seeing what this person does in the future.

What other tips would you add?

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