Be Selective About Where You Work with Shawn Livermore
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Shawn Livermore is a software engineer, a consultant, a software architect and a tech startup founder, managing to raise venture capital investment six times. He has also authored several books on software and business including the recently released ‘Average Joe: Be the Silicon Valley Tech Genius’.
In this episode Shawn talks to Phil about why it’s important to choose carefully when applying to companies for work, and how career dreams can become horror stories if you aren’t careful. He also discusses the importance of having a pursuit, one that holds our passion and drives us onward.
AverageJoeTechGenius.com – Check out Shawn’s personal website!
ProductPerfect.com – Check out Shawn’s company website!
And check out the book : Average Joe: Be The Silicon Valley Tech Genius . The book teaches anyone how to think, speak, and create like some of the brightest tech founders in the world. It dispels the myth of the tech genius, then, in a very satisfying twist, it reveals how to become the myth yourself.
2 Top Career Tips
Worst Career Moment
While new in his career, and working as a consultant, Shawn was asked to publicly fix a problem, which involved him coding while people watched. The nerves caused him to forget the correct syntax, which was hugely embarrassing!
Going through the start-up process – creating a product, a brand, assembling a team and establishing systems and processes. The pitching process, in order to gain funding, was especially exciting.
The tech world today is the most exciting and innovative place in the world, contributing to real, lasting change and having a positive impact upon society and the way we live.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?
If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?