Sustainable Career Development: Advancing While Still Having Free Time

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B302/303


In this talk, we'll examine the pressure in the tech industry to participate in work-related extracurriculars like side projects and meetups. We'll analyze where these expectations come from, what they're actually getting at, and talk about ideas for progressing in our careers without losing sight of the things in life that make us happy outside of work.


There is pressure in the tech industry for engineers to constantly improve, contribute, and be public. Whether by contributing to open source software, working on side projects, beefing up your Github profile, or attending conferences, the pressure to do more can be felt by many. This is problematic as it routinely rewards those with the privilege of free time and energy while stunting the career growth of those without it. With that in mind, how can we work around this problem and continue to grow our careers ? This talk will take a closer look at why the tech industry expects us to do more and how to advance your career as an engineer without putting in extra work outside of the office. We’ll look into how you can make better use of the time you already spend at work, and what you can do to change your mindset and avoid burning out. This talk is for folks who care deeply about their work but don’t want to lose sight of the other things in life that make them happy — be it family, hobbies, or anything else.

Speaking experience

This is my first conference talk!


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