Choose Work That Interests You and Attend User Groups to Kick-start Your Career with Damian Brady

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Damian Brady

Damian Brady. He is a Microsoft Cloud Advocate who specialises in DevOps and MLOps.  He has been a programmer and consultant for more than 20 years across a broad range of industries and he regularly speaks at conferences and other events around the world.

In this episode, Phil and Damian Brady discuss the way MLOps is developing. They talk about how to choose the career path that is right for you. Damian also shares how his writing and public speaking helped him to land a job at Microsoft.


Damian Brady

Resources – Check out Damian’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Pay attention to what you do and don´t like. Doing that will help you to settle on a career path earlier and ensure that you end up doing something that you actually enjoy. Damian noticed that he wanted to know what had happened to his code once it went into production. This made him realise that DevOps was likely to be a good fit for him..
2) Get involved in user groups and events. Also, expand your wings a bit beyond your day-to-day work and explore more of what you enjoy the most.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

When Damian had just taken on his first project management role, a big customer wanted to discuss an issue. So, he got on the phone. But, asked a more experienced client manager to listen in. Unfortunately, he failed to tell the customer that there was a 3rd person on the call. When they found out, they were very angry. His lack of transparency nearly lost them the account.

Career Highlight

Being approached by Donovan Brown, who was at the time the DevOps Manager at Microsoft, and being asked to join his team is his career highlight. Damian was surprised but very pleased to be noticed and recognised in this way. That is when his writing and public speaking work really paid off.

The Future

Damian does not see any sign that the pace of change within IT is going to slow. So, working in IT will always be interesting. There will always be something new to discover and learn.

The Reveal

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

When Damian was 10, his father gave him an Amiga 500.When he realised he could change a game just by editing two pieces of text he was hooked.

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

Know when it is time to move on.

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

Stick it out, it´ll be fine.

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

Get involved in meetups and user groups at an earlier stage. It is a great way to jump-start any IT career.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Exploring the world of machine learning even more.

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

Public speaking.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Damian is lucky enough to work with people who are real experts in their field. Learning about what is going on in their fields helps to keep Damian energized.

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

Damian´s 1-year-old keeps him busy. He also enjoys travel and surfing.

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