Don’t Be Afraid To Learn New Things and Don’t Skip The Fundamentals with Nigel Poulton

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Nigel Poulton

Nigel Poulton does what he loves – playing with tech and teaching Kubernetes all around the world. He has trained well over 1 million people with Docker and Kubernetes. He is also the author of Docker Deep Dive which was rated by Book Authority as the best ever book on Docker. And his latest book is The Kubernetes Book which is being updated a couple of times a year.

Nigel talks to Phil about why we must always seek to learn new things, and how this can keep us energised. He also discusses why today’s world is a golden age for technology and possibilities, and why we as IT professionals should be very excited.

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Nigel Poulton

Resources

NigelPoulton.com – Check out Nigel’s website!

‘Docker Deep Dive’ – Check out Nigel’s book on Docker!

‘The Kubernetes Book’ – Check out Nigel’s book on Kubernetes!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Don’t ever be afraid to learn new things. Often, people are afraid to put themselves out there in case it’s too difficult, and they fail. Making mistakes is the only route to learning something.
2) Don’t skip the fundamentals and always look for chances to improve and innovate. We are living in a golden age for technology, and the potential for invention is limitless.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Nigel took a job that was convenient, but not challenging. He soon learned that without the chance to be challenged, and to develop each day, his love for the job rapidly deteriorated.

Career Highlight

Every time Nigel publishes a newly created product, such as a book or piece of video content, it gives a real buzz of excitement. It’s the same feeling when someone reaches out in response to something Nigel has made.

The Future

The tech world today is revolutionising the way we live, and allowing science fiction concepts to become a reality. For someone who grew up thinking these things could never happen, the world of today is an incredible place.

The Reveal

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

Early computers, games, and technology through Nigels’ childhood sparked his imagination, and showed him what might be possible one day.

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

Nigel’s father mistakenly offered some limiting views on where technology could go, but thankfully Nigel foresaw more limitless possibilities.

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

Covered when discussing best advice.

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

Learning to code is a fundamental skill of IT, and one that Nigel recommends as a basic building block when it comes to your career.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Nigel wishes to reach people at the beginning of their careers, with the aim of simplifying their journeys.

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

Nigel’s accent has helped many people to connect with him, and has also made him stand out, especially in video.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

By indulging in science fiction and reading, Nigel is able to keep his vision fresh, and look for future possibilities.

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

Nigel loves spending time with family, cars, and watching television as a way of unwinding.

Contact The Guest

Contact Nigel Poulton through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nigelpoulton

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigelpoulton/

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