Exposure Changes Attitudes and Share Your Story with Kevin Harris

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Kevin Harris

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Kevin Harris, who has been in the IT field for over 20 years, holding positions that range from Systems Analyst to Chief Information Officer. He is now a higher education administration official at American Public University System, continuing to make system improvements to support student success and learning. As a faculty member he has delivered instruction in several disciplines including business, cybersecurity, computer science, and computer networking, with particular interest in information security and computer forensics. Kevin joins Phil to talk about how exposure to new opportunities can help to shape our attitudes. He also discusses the value to be found in sharing our own career stories, and how this can inspire others.


Kevin Harris


2 Top Career Tips

1) Make sure you’re always stepping out of your comfort zone. By pushing yourself into spaces outside of your comfort zone, you develop new sensibilities and attitudes.
2) Share your story. No matter where you’re at in your career, sharing your story so far can act as a beacon to others who may be at the beginning of their own journey.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

During a junior role, Kevin and his team assumed that all the work they had done was enough, but upon the rollout of the project, it transpired that things were not as prepared as they may have liked. This taught Kevin the value of understanding each organisation’s political structure.

Career Highlight

Kevin was given the chance to return to his college and work on prestigious projects. Working on the other side of learning was quite a thrill.

The Future

IT has become a more inclusive place to work, and a sector that allows for many more opportunities for growth, as well as more diversity in terms of raising up minorities.

The Reveal

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

The challenge of finding solutions to problems

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

As long as you understand the consequences, you can do anything you want to do.

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

Don’t seek roles above you and stay where you are until something comes up.

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

Kevin would be more intentional about finding an internship.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Focusing on more ways to introduce tech to more diverse communities.

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

Being able to take something highly technical and communicating it to a wider audience.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Kevin is always asking questions, as well as reading and listening.

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

Kevin regularly “unplugs” by going fishing and getting back to nature.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinharristech

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harris-kevin/

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