AMA: Becoming an Executive

Jason asks:

Before asking my question I would like to say thank you for your contributions to the Powershell community. I’ve read several of your books particularly both lunches books and a few of your ebooks. Powershell has had a profound impact on my IT career especially in improving my productivity and effectiveness.

At this midpoint in my career I am evaluating pursuing an MBA. However I don’t want to make the financial and time commitment without a clear idea of how an MBA plays in to a career trajectory that lands at a CTO or equivalent position. What from your experience is required to make that transition executive management.

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AMA: Multi-generational management

Tony asks:

I know you’ve been in management positions before. Have you ever had to be managed by someone younger than you, though? Or have you ever had to manage people older than you? How does it work out?

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AMA: What’re the Opportunities in Writing?

D. checks in with:

I met you briefly at Summit this year (I know you meet a lot of people so I don’t expect you to remember) and I was wondering if you could offer some advice.

Like many in the PS community I work full-time in IT, but I also do a lot of freelance writing for a few different sites. I started writing about a year ago primarily for some side income but also obviously because I love what I write about and wanted to become active in our community. In addition I am also active on Twitter and I am looking to increase my public speaking opportunities.

I guess for the time being I am trying to walk in the foot steps of yourself and others who have done the same sort of work. I am hoping you could provide some insight into what future opportunities would be possible based on writing, speaking, etc. I see certain people become tech advocates, authors for example. For me, understanding what is possible would probably help me decide what direction I would like to take in the future. Being you are prominent in our field, I think you probably have a good idea of what avenues are possible.

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AMA: Certifications or Experience?

Stuart asks:

What is your take on qualifications [certifications] over experience? I’ve talked with some hiring managers and about 50% say experience is better when it comes to applying for new jobs.  I know my 15+ years experience can take me so far, but I’m looking to improve my standing and employable.

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AMA: A Plethora of Career Advice

Verne checks in with a bevy of questions:

1. What do you really think of Microsoft’s new direction? They’ve essentially told their loyal SysAds that there days are numbered and it’s all about the DEVS!

2. Have you yourself really switched to PowerShell 6 and or Visual Studio code? Or are you old school?

3. Your new job seems to have you doing more than just PowerShell and I see a new focus on your general writing skills. Is Don Jones branching out from PowerShell?

4. Do you worry about your career? I do mine and I still have a few years to go yet. PS I think a guy like you will be fine.

5. I saw your answer to the Exchange admin, I did Exchange for a while too but I diversified as a Sys Admin and tried to stay sharp in all of it, (Networking, WEB, Hardware, Database etc. .) are you saying I’m still screwed?

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AMA: Requiring a 4-year Degree on a Job Posting

An anonymous reader asks:

I don’t have a degree, and [potential employer] is pushing back on making me put down high school diploma as my only completed education since I don’t have a BS yet. So, What would you do if HR is pushing back on requiring a degree, but the job itself doesn’t require it?

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AMA: How Can I Not Burn Out?

Anna writes:

My jobs has changed to just programming with PowerShell, basically automating mundane SQL server tasks. It has been a challenge automating and executing my job concurrently. I tried different ways to organize my day and it just frustrating. I work during the day and code at night. After 3 years of this I am burned to a crisp. Would love to hear your ideas/suggestions on how to manage a day in a contracting environment. I am looking for innovative way to organize my work time and start living again.

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