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In this week’s show, Phil talks to Eric Matthes, author of Python Crash Course, the world’s best-selling guide to the Python Programming Language, published in 2015. He is also the author of Python Flash Cards for learners of all ages as well as a completely non-tech book, The Road to Alaska. Eric talks about always remembering that people are interested in having problems solved, rather than technical brilliance displayed. He also discusses the importance of reflection ,and how we should take time regularly to realign and build on our successes.
2 Top Career Tips
Worst Career Moment
Eric interviewed for a position that he totally unqualified for, and didn’t realise until the six-person interview panel were interrogating him.
The success of Python Crash Course is a huge source of pride and inspiration. It took far longer to produce that suspected, but the achievement of finishing was worth it.
Eric looks forward to using technology in a far more positive way, in order to build a better world. Tech has been used far too often for nefarious means. It’s time to use it for good.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
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?
What career objectives are you currently focusing on?
What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?
What do you do to keep your own career energized?
What do you do in your spare time away from technology?