It’s Okay To Move Onwards And Upwards and Take Advice With A Pinch Of Salt with Alan Pope

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Alan Pope

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Alan Pope, an Engineering Manager and Developer Advocate for InfluxData, the creator of InfluxDB which is an open-source time series database. He is also a podcaster and he describes himself as a through and through geek. Alan talks about why it’s okay to move on when the time is right in your career journey. He also discusses why it’s important to take people’s advice with a pinch of salt.


Alan Pope

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2 Top Career Tips

1) It’s okay to move on in your career when the time is right. Never feel as though you are chained to a position for your entire career. Being comfortable is often not a place where we challenge and grow.
2) Take other people’s advice with a pinch of salt. Everyone has their own story and path through life, and the lessons they’ve learned may not always apply to your own path.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

When transitioning to a new company, Alan was confronted by HR who advised him that if he left, it would damage his career journey. It was a time of anxiety, but their threats came to nothing.

Career Highlight

Alan trained many aspiring IT professionals, so when it came to looking for a position of his own, his reputation was already secured. Putting yourself out there is incredibly valuable to your career path.

The Future

The IT world is enormous and offers countless possibilities. It is incredibly easy to pivot and move between pursuits and sectors and offers an endlessly interesting path for any aspiring IT professional.

The Reveal

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

Alan was a nerd, and after receiving a ZX81, Alan developed a love for coding.

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

You always have a choice

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

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

Alan would like to have attended university so as to establish a better foundation for his career.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Learning new things. Alan is intent on staying far from his comfort zone and constantly challenging himself.

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

Having empathy for other people’s points of view and perspectives.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Alan keeps moving once the challenge has faded. It’s vital to find the things that bring you joy.

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

Cooking, which allows him the time to reconnect with the things that matter.

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