Start Networking Now and Step Out Of That Comfort Zone with Mike Karan

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Mike Karan

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Mike Karan, the co-host of the podcast HTML All The Things and the co-founder of Digital Dynasty Design. Mike talks about why it’s important to begin networking as early as possible in your IT career. He also discusses why it’s crucial to step outside of our comfort zones in order to truly develop.


Mike Karan


HTMLAllTheThings – Click on the link to check out the ‘HTML All The Things podcast website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Never be afraid to start networking as soon as possible in your IT career. Put yourself out there and start making connections – even early in your IT journey. Look for your audience and develop it from the get go.
2) If we find ourselves in too comfortable a place, then it’s always worth stepping out of that comfort zone. Pushing ourselves to do unfamiliar things helps us to grow.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Mike was asked to choose the technology for a new application. Mike did so, but when it reached the client, it was found that the application didn’t work with the client’s devices. Mike learned that it’s vital to vet everything.

Career Highlight

Mike’s current position allows for a much greater sense of mentorship between himself and those around him, allowing him to create a far more intense sense of collaboration on projects.

The Future

New technologies are where the excitement lays. New ways of creating and developing are being released almost constantly, pushing the sector forward in dazzling ways.

The Reveal

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

Computers – Mike was instantly in love with them

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

Keep it simple! Don’t overcomplicate if you don’t have to.

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

That you have to switch jobs every few months in order to be successful. It isn’t true at all!

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

Mike would still be in web development.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

The focus is currently on building a network and audience, as well as looking for a larger team to lead and mentor.

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

Communication and public speaking have been invaluable.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Mike’s podcast keeps him abreast of the sector and its developments and allows him to meet new people.

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

Hiking and online gaming

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