Episode 49 – Find The People You Want To Be Like with Duncan Hunter

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Duncan Hunter is a Software Architect based in Brisbane Australia. He spends most of his time building enterprise web applications on top of Angular and ASP.NET. Duncan is also a mentor at firebootcamp.com helping developers get up to speed with Angular and frontend best practices.

In this episode Duncan tells us why it’s important to find the people you want to be like and how knowing what you’re passionate about makes it easier to say “No” to things that aren’t of interest to you.


Time Stamped Show Notes

(00:53) – Phil introduces Duncan Hunter

(01:21) – Duncan talks about working for SSW and teaching developers Angular

(01:45) – Duncan tells us that he has recently left SSW and is now working for himself revamping a product

(02:00) – Duncan is still focused on Angular and training but dividing his time between the product revamp and training developers

(02:19) – Duncan talks about his love for working in teams and being a full stack developer

(02:42) – And Duncan tells us about how he got into the I.T. industry by making nutrition software


(03:15) – Unique Career Tip: Duncan says that when you’re starting out in the I.T. industry you should “try to find the people that you want to be like”

(03:49) – “Scramble to add some value so that they’ll put you on the team”

(04:27) – Duncan says that you have to do, not just learn


(05:09) – Worst Career Moment: Duncan talks about the doubt of whether or not he would be able to make a career in I.T.

(05:26) – Duncan tells us that he was a dietitian before and transitioned into I.T.

(05:45) – This was because Duncan was falling in love with software development

(06:03) – Duncan was given a job after completing a coding bootcamp and describes some of the challenges he faced

(07:35) – The on-going fear and stress of worrying about not making it in I.T. was Duncan’s worst moment

(07:59) – Phil and Duncan discuss “Imposter Syndrome”


(08:54) – Career Highlight / Greatest Success: Duncan describes the process of having a software product, Food Zone, created for him

(09:27) – Duncan decided that he should learn more about I.T. and used Pluralsight to do so

(09:43) – One of Duncan’s goals was to make a Pluralsight course of his own which took a lot of hard work and learning

(10:01) – Duncan says that he learnt to write good software and to teach


(10:14) – What Excites You About The Future of a Career in I.T.? Duncan says that it’s the love of learning that excites him the most

(10:32) – “In I.T. it’s like Christmas every morning when you get out of bed”

(10:52) – There’s always something new to learn or a new toy or a new feature


(11:23) – The Reveal

(11:28) – What attracted you to an I.T. career in the first place? – “Solving a business problem”

(11:57) – What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? – “Don’t learn backwards. Learn the patterns, not the frameworks”

(12:28) – If you were to begin your I.T. career again, right now, what would you do? –”I would find someone to hold me more accountable”

(12:56) – What career objectives are you focusing on right now? – “Learning to make Software As A Service”

(13:26) – What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far? – “Networking with like-minded people”


(14:04) – A Parting Piece of Career Advice: Duncan talks about the choices and opportunities that exist in I.T. right now

(14:25) – You want to choose what you love over money

(15:03) – Understand what you’re passionate about and learn to say “No” to the things that you aren’t


3 Key Points:     

  1. When you’re just starting out, try to find the people you want to be like
  2. Imposter Syndrome is only your perception of reality and you can change it
  3. If you know what you’re passionate about it becomes easier to say “No” to things that aren’t of interest to you


Resources Mentioned:

  • duncanhunter.com.au – Duncan Hunter’s website
  • LinkedIn – Duncan Hunter’s LinkedIn profile
  • @dunchunter – Duncan Hunter’s Twitter handle
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