from disgruntled IT guy to web developer at Google

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Networking

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What do I mean by networking?

  1. connect as or operate with a network.

    "the stock exchanges have proven to be resourceful in networking these deals"

    • link (machines, especially computers) to operate interactively.

      "networked workstations"

    • interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one's career.

      "the skills of networking, bargaining, and negotiation"

 

In person awkwardness...

Staying at a job that is boring, tedious, or...

soul-sucking​

 

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In person practical examples

Worry folks will find out I am a fraud because I'm...

faking it.

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Online networking...

New York State - Department of Social Services  1996 - 2000

New York City - Human Resources Administration 2000 - 2008

Sony Music  2008 - 2010

Zagat Survey 2010 - 2011

Google 2011 - 2014

Johnson & Johnson  2014

IDT Telecommunications  2014 - 2015

Phase2 Technology  2015 - 2016

United States Digital Service - Department of Veterans Affairs  2016-present

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In person networking practical

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New York State - Department of Social Services  1996 - 2000

New York City - Human Resources Administration ​ 2000 - 2008

Sony Music  2008 - 2010

Zagat Survey ​ 2010 - 2011

Google ​ 2011 - 2014

Johnson & Johnson  2014

IDT Telecommunications  2014 - 2015

Phase2 Technology  2015 - 2016

United States Digital Service - Department of Veterans Affairs  2016-present

Sad Robbie...

Perl

PHP

Javascript

SQL

C++

Python

Ruby

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Breaking out of the cocoon...

Perl

PHP

Javascript

SQL

C++

Python

Ruby

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Beautiful Butterfly

Drupal

Angular.JS

Django

Ruby on Rails

Node.js

React.js

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Evolve (imposter syndrome coping strategy)

  • Stay abreast of current trends
    • listen to podcasts
    • read blogs
    • follow thought leaders on social media...
  • Stay on target, learn one new skill at time
    • technology
    • framework
    • language
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Evolve (imposter syndrome coping strategy)

  • Become a part of communities
    • go to meetups
    • attend conferences
    • attend social networking events
  • Fake it in public
    • host a lunch and learn
    • present at meetups
    • contribute at conferences
    • become an organizer
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Thanks & Goodnight

My name is Robbie Holmes

robbiethegeek everywhere on the interwebs

http://robbiethegeek.com

I work at the Department of Veterans Affairs for the United States Digital Service

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Networking

By Robbie Holmes

Networking

How networking took me from disgruntled IT guy to web developer at Google

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