The Potential Of Technology To Unite People with Kris Howard
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Kris Howard is a Solutions Architect Manager at Amazon Web Services in Sydney, Australia. Her achievements include creating a serverless application that creates an iCal feed for tech events, and the RoaldDahlFans website which has been running since 1996. Kris is also a regular speaker, giving talks that include ‘A Newbie’s Guide to Getting Started with AWS’ and ‘Serverless in Production – Lessons from a Skeptic’.
In this episode Phil and Kris discuss how to engage with potential mentors, why you need to engage with your local tech community, the importance of ensuring that your achievements are recognised and why you should continue to hone your skills.
2 Top Career Tips
Worst Career Moment
Autonomy was gradually stripped from Kris in an early role, which jarred with her career ambitions. People with insecurities about themselves often choose to spend these frustrations upon those in lower positions.
The team that Kris is currently working with is a highlight. She inherited a team that had had several management shifts, and the engagement scores were very low. By empowering the team and helping some of them progress to a new level, Kris revitalized the dormant enthusiasm.
The lockdown situation has helped Kris to realise the importance of IT as part of modern society. IT has enabled us to continue our way of life through work, education and entertainment. The potential of IT services has helped society keep going, and is now being used in many different and exciting ways.
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?