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Listen: Steering a Career as a Woman in Tech

If you’re a woman in technology – specifically, in this case, a database administrator – how do you steer your career? How do you overcome imposter syndrome? How do you build a network of colleagues to help grow and support your career? SQL Server/PowerShell MVP Chrissy LeMaire joins for this insightful discussion.

Listen: What's a Stock Market, and How can a Virus Impact it?

So… we’ve all been dealing with a crazy stock market, with craziness coming from the global SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. But… how can a virus affect a stock market? What IS a stock market? Why do they work they way they do? A Round Table discussion for those who might not know exactly what all this stuff is.

Bonus Listen: A Round Table on OpEx, CapEx, and Business Finances

A bonus pilot episode for you this week! This is a potential new format for the podcast, where we take a relaxed, freewheeling approach to a particular topic. This episode: ever wonder what OpEx and CapEx are, and why some companies prefer one over the other? Wonder what a P&L is and how it’s used? All that and more are on the table.

Listen: Emotional Intelligence, Showing Up as Who You Want to Be

Would you coworkers describe you the same way you would? Is that description helping you as a person, and your career? “Emotional Intelligence” can seem like yet another Human Resources buzzword, but it’s really just a phrase for describing something that’s both powerful and simple – and something that can make your life and career more fulfilling and rewarding. Sarah’s book recommendation: Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

Listen: Community Contributions and Getting an MVP Award

What’s it take to get an MVP Award? What kind of contributions matter the most, and where do you start? And… is getting the Award the right reason to start contributing to your community? What’s the Award worth, and what’s it mean? Commonly asked, fairly heavy questions… and I think I’ve pulled together a great set of folks to offer their perspectives. And here’s a related post if this topic interests you.

Listen: Career Outlook in IT

This episode, I’m joined by Ryan Sutton of Robert Half, one of the biggest tech staffing firms out there. We talk about job prospects in IT, the growing recognition of “soft skills,” and a ton more.

Listen: How Do You Demonstrate a Skill Like Leadership on a Job Hunt?

A fantastic chat with a job hunter who asks, “I believe I’ve got plenty of leadership skills – how do I communicate that to prospective employers?” But the entire conversation applies to any skill you’re trying to communicate, along with seriously sage advice for where to prioritize your time and investments as you seek a new job. And frankly, it applies just as much to promotions as it does to a job move.

Listen: Enterprise Architecture

Our first episode looks at Enterprise Architecture: what is it? Who is it for? How do you get into it?

(Acknowledging that the audio needs work – this is totally listen-able, but there’s a bit of a learning curve on these multi-person interviews!)