Own Your Career, Use a Mentor, Set Goals and Make a Plan with Bob Belderbos

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Bob Belderbos

Bob Belderbos is a software developer at Oracle, co-author of the 100 Days of Code in Python course and co-founder of PyBites, a community for those wanting to improve their Python skills. To date, Pybites has hosted 50 code challenges, published more than 100 articles and built a Python exercise platform.

In this episode, Phil and Bob Belderbos discuss owning your career and how to choose the right skills to acquire. They also talk about how to turn a mistake into a positive situation. Bob also covers how the CoVid crisis, AI and automation are going to change the industry. He and Phil talk about why you need to push yourself and learn how to market yourself effectively and share what you are doing.


Bob Belderbos


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2 Top Career Tips

1) You have to own your career. It is a mistake to rely on your manager or superior to be in charge of your development. Choose the skills you learn strategically. It is not enough to just focus on things that you feel passionate about.
2) The best way to grow is to write out your goals and plan out what you need to do to achieve them. This keeps you focused. But it is important to look to the long-term rather than only having short-term goals. In the podcast, Bob explains how to be consistent so that you can make big changes.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

In his first role, Bob made an error that caused invoicing issues. It was a serious mistake. Fortunately, he was able to quickly solve the issue. Taking ownership of his mistake and quickly finding a solution enabled Bob to turn a bad situation into a positive one. In the podcast, he explains how that can be done.

Career Highlight

Bob´s career highlight has been developing his blog, which led to him and his business partner, launching courses, developing a coding platform, and building a huge community. It has opened a lot of doors for him. In the podcast, Bob explains how he gained traction and shared everything with the world.

The Future

The CoVid situation has demonstrated that working from home is viable. So, there is likely to be much more of that in the future. Bob also talks about automation and how that is likely to change the industry. As well as the role AI is going to play.

The Reveal

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

When Bob saw how things could be automated his interest in programming was sparked.

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

Success leaves a clue. At this point in the podcast, Bob explains what that means and how it helped him.

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

When you find a job you are comfortable in, stay put.

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

Bob would study marketing as well as coding. If you cannot market your skills, you will not get the most out of your work.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Becoming an even better developer and doing more Python coaching.

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

Being a good communicator especially when working with people in virtual spaces.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Bob makes sure that he sets career goals that stretch him. Doing that pushes him to learn and keeps him interested.

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

Bob enjoys reading, in particular, mindset, business, and marketing books. He also loves spending time with his family.

Contact The Guest

Contact Bob Belderbos through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbelderbos

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

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