Life After College

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Marketing Technology

 

Innovative

 

Progressive

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We're Hiring!

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Coming Up...

  • Fears
  • College
  • Choices
  • Truths
  • Sleep
  • Standing Out

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College = Job Prep?

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Meh?

  • Memorization & wheel-invention?
  • Unrelated requirements?

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But...

  • Finish what you started
  • Think about problems
  • Work on teams (projects)

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Choose Your Path

Frontend

  • UX
  • Aesthetics
  • Accessibility
  • Web: HTML/CSS/JS
  • Desktop: depends

Backend

  • DBs
  • Scale
  • APIs
  • C/C++, Java, .NET, JavaScript

Q.A.

  • Not just manual testing
  • Automate for scale

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Management

Not for everyone

Developer rules don't apply

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Wear Many Hats

  • Smaller projects/employers
  • May be part of the culture
  • Inevitable

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Are You Ready?

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Common Concerns

  • Ability (I suck)
  • Knowledge/memory (I'm forgetful)
  • Landing a job (No one wants me)

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Getting Paid

  • Trivial: Finding
  • Some Work: Applying
  • Hard: Securing

 

A Career, not a job 

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The Interview

  • Knowledge questions
  • Problem solving

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The Interview - Puzzles

 

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The Interview - Puzzles

You are shrunk to the height of a nickel & your mass is proportionally reduced.  You still have your original density. Then, you are thrown into a blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds.  What do you do?

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The Interview - Coding Exercises

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success != canned answers

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Non-Tech Interview

  • Show your passion
  • Research the company
  • Talk intelligently about the industry
  • Ask questions

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But I Don't Want a Job!

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Good luck!

Really want to start your own business?  

 

Don't wait!

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Sleep is for Quitters

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9am - 5pm

 

Smart?  That's not enough.

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A Day In the Life - During the Day

  • Floating between projects
  • Answering questions
  • Continuing education
  • New stuff (innovation)

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A Day in the Life - After Hours

  • Day project overflow
  • Side projects
  • Doing this

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Burnout

  • It's real
  • Balance is hard, & key
  • Don't be too proud
  • Take a break

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Question Everything

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Slow Down

  • Many solutions
  • Which one is best?
  • Thinking / Coding = 3 / 1

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Be Critical

Even experts aren't perfect

Understand your solution

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Don't Say No

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Bad Excuses

  • Never done this
  • No knowledge
  • Bad at this
  • Too busy

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Comfort = Death

  • Constant reinvention
  • Make your life hard
  • Keep up (at least)

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Stand Out

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

- Rudyard Kipling

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Action Items

  • Join a meetup group
  • Get involved in a side project
  • Follow other developers on Twitter, GitHub, etc

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Thank You

Ray Nicholus

Software Developer - Widen

ray@garstasio.com

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https://github.com/rnicholus

Life After College

By Ray Nicholus

Life After College

...as a developer

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