How to Survive and thrive as an engineer in a foreign land

How to Survive and thrive as an engineer in a foreign land

JA:「私は如何にして異国でエンジニアとして生き抜いてきたか」

Talk given at Oedo Ruby Kaigi 04 on thriving as a programmer in a foreign country by embracing language and culture.

- http://regional.rubykaigi.org/oedo04/

(Language: Mixed Japanese/English)

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Leonard Chin

April 19, 2014
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  1. H O W T O S U R V I

    V E A N D T H R I V E A S A N E N G I N E E R I N A F O R E I G N L A N D ࢲ ͸ ೗ Կ ʹ ͯ͠ ҟ ࠃ Ͱ Τ ϯ δχ Ξ ͱ ͯ͠ ੜ ͖ ൈ ͍ͯ ͖ ͨ ͔ O E D O R U B Y K A I G I 0 4 L E O N A R D C H I N a k a ϨΦ
  2. I ’ m L e o n a rd a

    . k . a Ϩ Φ Ye t A n o t h e r E n g i n e e r f ro m C o o k p a d H E L L O !
  3. B u t , y o u p ro b

    a b l y k n o w m e f ro m h e re :
  4. H O W T O S U R V I

    V E A N D T H R I V E A S A N E N G I N E E R I N A F O R E I G N L A N D ࢲ ͸ ೗ Կ ʹ ͯ͠ ҟ ࠃ Ͱ Τ ϯ δχ Ξ ͱ ͯ͠ ੜ ͖ ൈ ͍ͯ ͖ ͨ ͔ O E D O R U B Y K A I G I 0 4 L E O N A R D C H I N a k a ϨΦ
  5. O K

  6. A L O T O F E N G I

    N E E R S H E R E I N J A PA N S AY
  7. – J A PA N E S E E N

    G I N E E R D U D E “I really want to work overseas”
  8. W H AT T H E Y R E A

    L LY M E A N I S …
  9. – J A PA N E S E E N

    G I N E E R D U D E “I really want to work in America”
  10. O R , M O R E L I K

    E LY…
  11. – J A PA N E S E E N

    G I N E E R D U D E “I really want to work in Silicon Valley”
  12. W H Y S I L I C O N

    VA L L E Y ? • Lot’s of great engineers • Great salary • Lot’s of cool startups • It’s easier to get funding from VCs • and more!
  13. T H AT ’ S C O O L .

    I T ’ S G O O D T O H AV E R E A S O N S
  14. B U T…

  15. V E RY F E W P E O P

    L E A C T U A L LY D O I T
  16. W O R K I N G I N A

    F O R E I G N C O U N T RY I S H A R D
  17. A N D I T A C T U A

    L LY D O E S N ’ T M AT T E R W H I C H C O U N T RY
  18. A S Y O U C A N P R

    O B A B LY T E L L F R O M M Y FA C E ,
  19. I ’ M A N A U S S I

    E
  20. 2003 2014 THIS IS MY 11TH YEAR IN JAPAN

  21. 2003 2014 AND ABOUT MY 8TH YEAR WORKING AS A

    RUBY PROGRAMMER IN .JP 2006
  22. I T H I N K I ’ V E

    G O T H I S “ W O R K I N G O V E R S E A S ” T H I N G D O W N PAT
  23. T H I S I S H O W I

    D I D I T
  24. 9 9 T W O B I G P R

    O B L E M S
  25. 1 . L A N G U A G E

    2 . G E T T I N G A J O B
  26. 1 . L A N G U A G E

    2 . G E T T I N G A J O B
  27. W H AT D I D N ’ T W

    O R K • Just living in Japan (but it helps) • Dating a Japanese person (but it helps!) • Marrying a Japanese person (this helps too!) • Hanging around with friends in your own language
  28. ✔ Great for basics and structure ✗ Costly ✗ Diminishing

    Returns I S T U D I E D F O R 3 M O N T H S A T T H E YA M A S A I N S T I T U T E
  29. ✔ Helps you set goals and learn with structure ✗

    Just a piece of paper. Not really valued ✗ Content is often not practical I T O O K A F E W T E S T S T O O
  30. M O R E I M P O R TA

    N T LY
  31. – T H O M A S E D I

    S O N “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
  32. – M E “Learning a language is one percent study,

    ninety-nine percent practice.”
  33. P R A C T I C E P R

    A C T I C E P R A C T I C E P R A C T I C E P R A C T I C E P R A C T I C E P R A C T I C E P R A C T I C E P R A C T I C E
  34. 1 . L A N G U A G E

    2 . G E T T I N G A J O B
  35. P R E R E Q U I S I

    T E : J O B S K I L L S
  36. ✔ Expect multilinguals ✔ Less competition? ✗ Small job pool

    ✗ Few truly local companies J O B S I T E S F O R F O R E I G N E R S E X I S T ( J O B 1 ! )
  37. ✔ Huge pool of openings ✔ Local companies ✗ Don’t

    expect foreigners ✗ Difficult to navigate J O B S I T E S TA R G E T I N G N A T I V E S C A N B E B E T T E R ( J O B 2 ! )
  38. T H E R E I S A B E

    T T E R WAY
  39. S A M E A S B A C K

    H O M E …
  40. N E T W O R K B Y J

    O I N I N G T H E R U B Y C O M M U N I T Y
  41. None
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  44. T H A N K Y O U , R

    A I L S M E E T U P T O K Y O !
  45. None
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  48. T H A N K Y O U , R

    U B Y K A I G I !
  49. 1 . L A N G U A G E

    2 . G E T T I N G A J O B
  50. I S T H AT I T ?

  51. H O W T O S U R V I

    V E A N D T H R I V E A S A N E N G I N E E R I N A F O R E I G N L A N D ࢲ ͸ ೗ Կ ʹ ͯ͠ ҟ ࠃ Ͱ Τ ϯ δχ Ξ ͱ ͯ͠ ੜ ͖ ൈ ͍ͯ ͖ ͨ ͔
  52. T H R I V E A S A N

    E N G I N E E R
  53. 1 . L A N G U A G E

    2 . G E T T I N G A J O B
  54. N E C E S S A RY, B U

    T N O T S U F F I C I E N T T O T H R I V E
  55. 1 . L A N G U A G E

    2 . G E T T I N G A J O B 3 . L E A R N T H E C U LT U R E
  56. C U LT U R E ? • What does

    that crazy slang mean? • What jokes are funny? • Where does that image/reference come from? • What do engineers like to talk about?
  57. H O W I D I D I T

  58. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  59. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  60. I N T E R N E T C U

    LT U R E
  61. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  62. E M B R A C E !

  63. M I N D S E T ✗ Don’t: Dismiss

    it as stupid because it is different ✔ Do: Try to enjoy it!
  64. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  65. T H E I N T E R N E

    T I S Y O U R F R I E N D
  66. None
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  70. E N J O Y T H E I R

    C U LT U R E A N D M A K E I T Y O U R O W N
  71. ※ ͜ ͜ ͔ Β ͸ ॏ ཁ ͳ ࿩

    Ͱ ͢ ͷ Ͱɺ ೔ ຊ ޠ Ͱ ࣦ ྱ ͞ ͤ ͯ ͍ ͨ ͩ ͖ · ͢
  72. ӳ ޠ ݍ ʹ ਁ ͔ Γ ͨ ͍ ೔

    ຊ ਓ Τ ϯ δχ Ξ ʹ ΋ Ԡ ༻ Ͱ ͖ Δ ͱ ࢥ ͏
  73. ࢲ ͕ ࢥ ͏ ೔ ຊ ਓ Τ ϯ δχ

    Ξ ૾ ✔ ֶߍͰӳޠษڧͨ͠ʂ ✔ ӳޠͷٕज़ࢿྉಡΊΔʂ ✔ Ϋϥε΍ϝιου͸ӳޠͰ໋໊Ͱ͖ Δʂ ✔ ڭՊॻʹ৐ͬͯΔදݱͳΒͰ͖Δʂ
  74. ࢲ ͕ ࢥ ͏ ೔ ຊ ਓ Τ ϯ δχ

    Ξ ૾ ✗ ޠኮ͕଍Γͳ͍ ✗ ωλ͕Θ͔Βͳ͍ ✗ ੜ͖ͯΔӳޠʹ৮ΕΔػձ ͕ͳ͍
  75. จ Խ Λ ֶ Μ ͩ Β Α ͍ ͔

    ΋
  76. ω ο τ จ Խ Λ ֶ Μ ͩ Β

    Α ͍ ͔ ΋
  77. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  78. None
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  80. R E D D I T ? ✔ ωλͷๅݿ ✔

    ίϛϡχςΟͷίϛϡχ ςΟ ✔ ͜Ε͸ੜ͖ͯΔӳޠͩʂ
  81. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  82. E M B R A C E !

  83. R E D D I T ೖ ໳

  84. Upvote/Downvote Posts Comments Subreddits

  85. None
  86. R U B Y

  87. I A M A ( A S K M E

    A N Y T H I N G )
  88. T I L ( T O D AY I L

    E A R N E D )
  89. E L I 5 ( E X P L A

    I N L I K E I ’ M 5 )
  90. E N C O U N T E R E

    M B R A C E L E A R N
  91. ωλ ͕ ෼ ͔ Β ͳ ͚ Ε ͹ ɺ

    ௐ ΂ Α ͏
  92. ଏ ޠ ࣙ ॻ

  93. ωλ ࣙ ॻ

  94. G O O G L E ͸ ༑ ୡ ͩ

    Α ʂ
  95. H AV E F U N O N R E

    D D I T !
  96. A N D T H R I V E

  97. E N D