Alternative Career Paths in Technology

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December 09, 2016

Alternative Career Paths in Technology

Lessons I've learned over my varied and interesting career in technology.

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Bec Martin

December 09, 2016
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    Who am I?… • Technology personality – public speaking, events

    and panels Bec Martin Developer Evangelist at Xero @coderbec www.coderbec.com • Freelance Mobile Developer – native Android and iOS • Hackathoner – mentoring and judging
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    What have I done so far? Accountant Intranet Developer/Admin IT

    consultant and Enterprise Architect Developer Evangelist ???
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    • Get a relevant internship • Hackathons • Personal Projects

    • Build stuff! Lesson 1: Learn Frameworks
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    Lesson 2: Certifications, you’d be silly not to! • Give

    them every excuse to hire you and justify your pay • You probably already know it – certify it • Easy way to prove real world skills • Some experience is always important, how you create this is up to you!
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    Lesson 3: You are a brand • Don’t have private

    vs. public social media • Make yourself as easy to find as possible • Speaking vs. blogging vs. both • Be genuinely interesting
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    Lesson 4 – Network like a pro • Make genuine

    connections • Find a champion and be a champion • People know who’s only out for themselves • Cards – Have them, get them, sync them to the cloud • Everyone you meet is important • Make sure you get to know people outside of your friendship group, language group and class group • Not even geographic borders are relevant these days!
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    Case Study: Hackathoning and Tech Events • UNIHACK 2014 –

    Best Design, Braintree/Paypal Award • Graduated to mentoring and judging… • Battlehack – ‘Pat on the Back’ • Hackagong 2014 – Braintree Award • Health Hack 2014 – 2nd place • HealthXL – 1st place • Health Hack 2015 – 1st place
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    Lesson 5: Know Your Own Limitations • This is typically

    the most difficult part for devs • Decide what your motivations are for the job/project • Create high performing teams
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