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Anna Murray

Anna Murray is a nationally recognized technology consultant, speaker, and blogger as well as the owner of a successful software development company.  She founded one of the earliest web-development firms, emedia, in 1996 and is a double recipient of the Stevie Award for Women in Business. She also serves as the President of the Board of the International Women’s Writing Guild.


In this episode, Phil and Anna Murray discuss the fact that there are a lot of roles within the industry that do not require you to have an engineering background or degree. They speak about practical ways to progress your career on a daily basis. Anna also explains why she has focused on what she wants to get out of her working life, rather than chasing after a specific job title


Anna Murray


Emedia Interactive Development – Check Anna’s company website!

The Complete Software Project Manager – Check out Anna’s book on Amazon!

2 Top Career Tips

1) You need a day-to-day to-do list. But it is very important to have a second one, a career to-do list. Things that you need to do to move your career forward. For example, writing a book, completing a specific training program or landing a certain role. Don´t let your daily to-do list drown out what needs to be done to progress your career. In the podcast, Anna shares several practical ways to do this.
2) Stop thinking so much about what position or role you want to attain. Instead, focus on what you want to get out of your work.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Very early in her career, at a young age, Anna was in charge of a massive project. But she missed something important. An error which cost about $250,000. She was horrified and paralyzed by shame and fear. But, luckily, she had a wise and understanding mentor to help her through. The experience taught her that she, nor anyone else, could be perfect. When there are issues, you need to fix the problem rather than fixing the blame.

Career Highlight

Having her book, The Complete Software Project Manager, published was a big career highlight for Anna. In particular when, a few years later, she met someone who told her it was so good that he keeps it on his nightstand and refers to it regularly.

The Future

The fact that when you work in IT you are always moving the world forward is exciting. IT is an industry that has always had a big impact on the world and that is going to continue.

The Reveal

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

Anna´s journalism major entailed working with technology, as a result of which she was drawn into the IT industry.

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

Anna´s dad once told her to focus on getting the job. But, at the same time, not to be afraid to turn it down. In the podcast, Anna and Phil discuss why this is good advice.

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

Always speak up and get your voice heard at meetings. You need to be careful not to speak just for the sake of it.

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

Anna would probably focus on big data..

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Anna is trying to find the time to write more.

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

Being able to explain something that is very technical and complex in a way that anyone can understand.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Taking enough time out to relax and stimulate her mind in other ways enables Anna to stay fresh, energized and think about things in new ways.

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

Anna enjoys horse riding, as well as spending time with her puppy and her family. She also travels and goes to the theatre a lot.

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