Refocus Regularly to Stay Relevant and Shoot for the Top with Joe Carson

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Joe Carson

Joe Carson is currently the Chief Security Scientist at Thycotic. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, an active member of the Cyber Security Community, and a frequent speaker at Cyber Security events around the world.


Joe Carson


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2 Top Career Tips

1) Never stop learning. Being a continuous learner ensures you do this and keep moving. It is now normal to have to switch roles and tech every five years or so. Knowing when to let go of a technology you love and move onto other things is important.
2) Shoot for the top. You do not necessarily have to take baby steps to get to your ultimate goal. Often, you can take a big leap and get there far faster than you think is possible.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

In 1999, Joe was working on the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service system, which is clearly a critical system. Naturally, around that time they were preparing for the year2K switchover. So, they had to take the system down completely and restart it from scratch.

When they did, the screen was blank. A truly awful, heart-stopping moment. In the podcast, Joe shares the strange reason behind that situation.

Career Highlight

In the early days of TEDX, Joe was asked to speak. He enjoyed the experience. But the highlight came after he had given his speech and sat back down.

At that point, he looked at the list of people were speaking with him and was blown away when he realized that he was in the company of people who had achieved amazing things. Olympians and quite literally rocket scientists. Until that moment, he had not really appreciated how far he had come and what he had achieved

The Future

Joe is excited by the pace of change. Provided we embrace things like AI, with responsibility, he believes that our lives will improve in unimaginable ways.

The other thing that Joe talks about is the way in which humans interact with technology is changing. We will soon be using our brains rather than our fingers or voice to interface with all kinds of devices. So, right now the fascinating areas of data, cognitive, and neuroscience are especially hot.

The Reveal

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

A love of gaming is what ultimately lead Joe to a career in IT.

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

Don´t be a perfectionist.

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

You need to be prepared to relocate to be successful.

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

Joe says he would not want to change much.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Learning more about RFID, radio frequencies, and IoT.

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

The ability to simplify things and explain complex things to practically anyone.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Joe is always trying new things, which keeps his career energized.

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

Joe enjoys photography, scuba diving, and travel.

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