Develop Your Learning Mind-Set and Consider Your Employer’s Needs with Anna McDougall

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Anna McDougall

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Anna McDougall, a former opera singer and now a full-stack developer with a passion for Javascript. She is also a tech blogger, a YouTube creator and a public speaker. Anna discusses impostor syndrome and why it’s always wise to receive feedback with the right mind-set in place. She also talks about the importance of altering your perspective when looking for a job in the IT sector.


Anna McDougall

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2 Top Career Tips

1) When you are faced with insecurity and constructive feedback, remember that you are never there to prove yourself to someone. Remember to keep a learning mind-set active whenever feedback of any kind is offered.
2) When looking for a job or career path, we must think less about our own needs and wants and more about the wants and needs of our potential employers or recruiters.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Anna gave up when she was young, which is a constant source of regret. With the passage of time, she has come to realise how skilled she was, but was held back by societal expectations.

Career Highlight

Anna made a career change and took on a new role, pivoting completely in terms of a career path, working hard to build her technical skills, and also applied much effort into understanding the back-end of tech while building an online presence and community.

The Future

Anna is most excited about the potential of tech – how it can achieve lasting change, benefit humanity, and reinvent itself constantly.

The Reveal

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

The potential of technology and how it can change the world.

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

Don’t be afraid to say no!

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

To not ask for a very big salary upon moving to Leipzig.

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

Anna would focus on back-end technologies and Java.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Anna’s main objective is to raise her technical skills as much as possible.

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?

Anna always looks for challenges to keep her knowledge fresh and her instincts keen.

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

Gym work and training.

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