Letter to my younger self: Things I wish I knew when I first started working
October 4, 2012
Abstract: If there was a time machine, we would go back and tell ourselves these valuable lessons we learned as we progressed through our careers. Failing that, we can pass that knowledge onto the younger generation now. Come hear us share stories about how we acknowledged and overcame our ignorance to get the hang of real-world software engineering: identifying the right job, negotiating salaries, surviving office politics, and professional networking.
Chiu-Ki started her career at Google, where she learned the ropes of working in an engineering company. She ultimately discovered that it is up to her to take charge of her career, and has been involved with various mentoring efforts ever since. After almost 7 years at Google, Chiu-Ki went to work with two different startups. Last year she decided to go independent, and she now runs her own mobile app development company.
Rupa Dachere is a Member of Technical Staff at VMware and Founder of CodeChix.org. She has worked in the Telecom/Datacom and Mobile industries over 17 years as a software engineer. Having worked at 3 startups and 4 multinationals and living through both success and failure scenarios, has given her a lot of experience beyond the technical/engineering aspect of a job. She received her Computer Science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is an avid hiker, cook, sole homeowner (aka impromptu plumber, painter, gardener etc.) and into north-indian as well as other classical/folk music.
Christina Schulman is a software engineer at Google, where she works in ads. Before joining Google in 2008, she worked at several startups, including Lycos, MediaSite and Take Two Interactive. She is the co-founder of Pittsburgh Geek Night, a high-tech networking event that has been running since the first dot-com boom, and was selected by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40" in 2000. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Princeton in 1992.