Find The Career Path That Doesn’t Feel Like Work and Have An Attitude Of Gratitude with Seth Hammerman

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Seth Hammerman

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Seth Hammerman, a Senior Cloud Security Sales Engineer for a large Cybersecurity vendor having made a mid-career change from the construction industry into IT. He has been either a pre-sales Sales Engineer or Sales Engineer Manager for most of his IT career, but has also held roles such as Technical Sales Manager and Director of Channel Sales Enablement. Seth talks about the importance of choosing the right career in IT, and following the path towards the things you truly love. He also discusses why the great IT careers are built upon an attitude of gratitude.

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2 Top Career Tips

1) Find what you like to do in the world of technology. When you discover the pursuit that doesn’t feel like work, that’s the road you should head towards. If you can carve a career out of something that feels like fun, you’ll never look back.
2) Keep an open mind, practice active listening, be grateful for what you have, appreciate the perspective of elders, and have an attitude of gratitude.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

When working as a management consultant, Seth discovered that a manager above him had hired an SE and placed him in Seth’s team without consulting him first. When emailing the manager to complain indignantly, Seth accidentally sent the email to everyone in the company, which made things extraordinarily awkward.

Career Highlight

Seth got to be a part of the inner circle of a start-up during the financial setbacks of 2008, but through hard work and dedication, they still managed to grow the company quarter over quarter and take the company public on the NYSE in 2012.

The Future

The incredibly rapid change happening in the sector that is driving forward not just IT in general, but the world as a whole.

The Reveal

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

Programming and coding on early primitive devices, which Seth always found fascinating.

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

To always take the high road – always be professional.

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

To lay low and fly under the radar in the workplace. The reverse is true.

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

Seth would devote himself to more programming and in sharpening up his dev tools

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Seth is devoting himself to developing and growing his skill base and increase his potential.

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

Seth has found that his theatre degree has helped a lot. Being able to stand in front of people and “perform” has helped Seth to establish himself as a voice worth hearing.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Learning new things on his own time. Removing himself from his comfort zone.

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

Yoga, staying in shape, bike-riding and gardening.

Contact The Guest

Contact Seth Hammerman through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SethHammerman

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

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