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Mahdi Kafi

Mahdi Kafi started his career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Canada where he learned the basics of IT consulting.  He now works for DXC Technology where he is an IT consultant helping HR departments to better understand how to make employees’ lives easier through the use of technology.

In this episode, Phil and Mahdi Kafi discuss the need to keep an open mind when it comes to your career. They talk about how the industry is opening up and finding new ways to get the most out of their employees. Mahdi also shares some methods IT professionals can use to take their career in the right direction and progress faster.

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YouTube – Check Mahdi Kafi’s YouTube channel!

Primal Career – Check out Mahdi Kafi’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Don’t be afraid to change your career plans. By all means, have a plan but bear in mind that as you and the industry evolve you will have to change and update it. During the podcast Mahdi shares a personal experience that demonstrates why this is so important.
2) When deciding which direction to take your career in, ask yourself what if. For example, asking yourself What if I get this job, what is next? will help you to open your mind to more of the possibilities and opportunities. Making it easy for you to plan the next step. Thinking like this will also enable you to double-check that taking on that role is right for you.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

In his last job, things were slow. At points, they had very few clients. But it was not all bad. It gave Mahdi a chance to invest in himself and learn new skills.

Career Highlight

His new job is proving to be the best thing he has ever done, so far. The business is growing fast, so the work he is doing is having a real impact. He is ensuring that the firm’s staff have the skills they need to move things along at the necessary pace.

The Future

The fact that you no longer need a college degree to get involved in the I.T. industry means that it is changing fast. It is exciting that people from all walks of life can now have great I.T. careers. Once they have learned to code people can solve all kinds of problems. So, this new environment is really empowering people.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

The fact that no two days are the same and the flexibility this type of work offers to those who do it.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

In all likelihood, your first job will be really boring. But don’t let it stop you from focusing on your craft so that you can keep on levelling up.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Quit your job and follow your passion.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Learn to code earlier, not doing that has led to Mahdi missing out on a lot of opportunities.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

In the future, Mahdi wants to work with clients who are involved in the non-profit or green industry. So, he is working towards that.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

His communication and listening skills. Becoming an active listener has made his personal and work relationships a lot easier.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Mahdi likes to set himself new challenges. This year, it is learning to code in Python.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Mahdi spends a lot of his spare time helping people who are new to tech to learn and progress faster. He does that in person as well as through his Primal Career YouTube channel and website.

Contact The Guest

Contact Mahdi Kafi through the following social media platforms:

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/mahdikafi

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