Episode 54 – Learn, Learn, Learn with Dan Wahlin

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Dan Wahlin is founder of the Wahlin Group which provides consulting and training services on Web technologies such as JavaScript, jQuery and SharePoint. He is also one of the top authors at Pluralsight and has published several courses covering a range of technologies. As well as being a Microsoft Regional Director and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups.

In this episode Dan Wahlin tells us why we need to be honest and respectful of others and why those that continue to learn differentiate themselves from those that don’t. Dan also talks about the opportunities within technology careers and the importance of exercising your mind as well as your body.

To find out more about this episode, visit the show notes page at www.itcareerenergizer.com/e54


Time Stamped Show Notes

(00:54) – Phil introduces Dan Wahlin

(01:25) – Dan tell us a little about his consulting company and the technologies they provide training on

(01:52) – Dan jokes, “If you’re bored in technology, you’re just not trying hard enough”


(02:06) – Unique Career Tip: Dan says that you should always be respectful and honest

(03:03) – Dan believes these are essential for anyone who wants to advance their career

(03:14) – Dan talks about how your career can “hit a wall” and the importance of learning

(03:53) – “Every day is a new day to learn something”

(04:38) – The willingness and ability to learn sets developers apart from each other

(05:04) – Dan also talks about anxiety and how he started his first company

(06:51) – Starting a company was not something anyone in Dan’s family had done before

(08:00) – Dan says that you should exercise both your body and your mind

(08:21) – “It’s amazing how much we hold ourselves back by what we think”

(09:14) – “A lot of us are just held back by certain beliefs we have about ourselves which are often not reality.”


(09:28) – Worst Career Moment: Dan talks about working on a big project for a credit card company

(10:07) – Dan joined the project about three quarters of the way through, with some new features still to be developed

(10:18) – The project was challenging and most people quit

(10:36) – The team was given a late requirement, just before the start of testing, to encrypt data

(10:59) – Dan tell us about the idea he came up with to update the stored procedures to perform the encryption

(11:48) – Unfortunately a bug in SQL Server at the time affected the encryption and resulted in the loss of all the test data

(12:12) – Dan says that it was not a good experience and resulted in Dan leaving to join a start-up company


(12:23) – Career Highlight / Greatest Success: Dan talks about the satisfaction of being told that he has inspired others to become programmers

(13:43) – Dan says that, for him, it’s the coolest part because he was able to help other people advance their careers


(14:02) – What Excites You About The Future of a Career in I.T.? Dan says that the most exciting thing for him is that there is no limit

(14:13) – Dan tells us that there are members of his own family who want to get into development because they feel that they are in dead-end careers

(14:39) – Dan says that you should always be learning and is like a hobby for him

(15:00) – The ability to switch to a different technology at any time is possible unlike many other careers


(16:04) – The Reveal

(16:08) – What attracted you to an I.T. career in the first place? – “At college my good friend Jim invited me to go to the computer lab with him”

(18:38) – What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? – “Treat other as you want to be treated”

(19:25) – If you were to begin your I.T. career again, right now, what would you do? –”I think I’d jump into A.I.”

(19:49) – What career objectives are you focusing on right now? – “Helping people expand their knowledge much more quickly”

(20:39) – What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far? – “The desire to learn”


(21:13) – A Parting Piece of Career Advice: Dan says that you need to be in control of yourself

(21:44) – Dan mentions his new, upcoming blog “Mindfulness With Dan”

(22:16) – Dan recommends looking into the concept of mindfulness and self-awareness

(22:48) – Dan also says that you should go out of your way to meet people and network because it will benefit your career


3 Key Points:     

  1. Always be honest and respectful, and treat others the way you want to be treated
  2. You should exercise both your body and your mind
  3. In a career in technology it’s possible to switch to a different technology at any time


Resources Mentioned:

  • codewithdan.com – Dan Wahlin’s website
  • LinkedIn – Dan Wahlin’s LinkedIn profile
  • @DanWahlin – Dan Wahlin’s Twitter handle
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