When I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in May of 2015, I had no real career prospects. Truth be told, I struggled for the first half of college deciding what major to pursue and eventually settled on biology. I knew the only way I’d make a living in that field was with a PhD. So, I embarked down the prescribed academic track, gathering lab and field work experience and hoping to land co-authorships in scientific journal articles. My plan fell apart my senior year of college when I got cold feet. I was doing voluntary lab work for my mentor…
If you’re interested in advancing within the engineering field and earning higher pay, you’ll need to increase two major factors of your work:
This is best achieved by influencing technical direction via your ability to express ideas so people can agree with and understand your intentions. In the tech field, these conversations mostly happen in writing.
Software engineers don’t like meetings. They prefer to see data and read evidence on their own time. Strong communication skills are the “biggest determiner of success in the modern engineer’s professional career,”…
I am not your typical tech worker. I am a woman, and tech is my second career. Anyone who can relate and has sat in enough male-dominated meetings knows that two things become obvious after working in the field for awhile. First, networking is invaluable. Second, the more similar you are to the elite college educated, straight, white male, tech worker stereotype, the better you’ll do, because the simpler networking is.
In Fall of 2020, I received job offers from Facebook and Microsoft (both entry level positions) and made it to the final round with Amazon (a mid level position). Shockingly, I don’t have a degree in computer science (C.S.), as I’ve previously written. While it’s widely known that a C.S. degree is not required to get into I.T., all engineering candidates hoping to break into big tech must prove that they have a solid grasp of C.S. fundamentals. Here I share my plan on how I tackled learning those concepts and prepping for my 2020 round of job applications.
My favorite advice from teachers of stand-up comedy and storytelling on YouTube
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
— Kurt Vonnegut, 1974
Hi, it’s Kairsten. After recently watching Netflix’s show The Midnight Gospel, I decided to start a writing club. In this club, we will exercise our minds by communicating our thoughts and feelings on sundry topics encompassed by the human experience. The working format of the club is as follows: