Starting Backwards

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B204


"topics include research, not losing your way, and not losing your mind."


This talk is a compilation of tools, techniques, and advice that were most useful to me in landing a career in tech from a (very) non-technical career. I’ve used my time as a PDXWIT mentor (and previous experiences giving this talk) to hone the details of this presentation.
This talk includes recommendations for time/task management and career planning, as well as self care.
Note: I have given this talk previously at varying lengths and would like to submit this either as a short-form or keynote.


entering-tech, networking, self-care, career-advancement

Speaking experience

I've had experience giving mid-large scale presentations and demos at work and at school for the past 15+ years.
For this talk specifically: I've given this talk twice, most recently at an event with 100+ people.


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    Caito Scherr

    New Relic


    Software engineer with a (very) non-technical background. I work at a data analytics company in downtown Portland and am in a Software Engineering Masters’ program. In my “free time” I enjoy woodworking, gardening, and terrible, terrible puns.