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The Road Taken

Jenny Wong
August 22, 2020

The Road Taken

In 2010, Jenny picked her road which was less travelled; joining the tech world with an internship as a web developer for a small agency near her hometown. Ten years on, Jenny is now an Engineering Manager at Human Made.

Jenny will share key insights from her learning journey so far, and discuss the challenges -- particularly how she has transferred and built skills and lessons across very different roles, how the industry has grown in her time here and how the social climate has impacted her adventure.

Jenny Wong

August 22, 2020
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  1. The Road Taken
    Reflection of 10 years in the industry

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  2. The Road Not Taken
    By Robert Frost - 1915

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  3. The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

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  4. The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

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  5. The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

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  6. The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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  7. “ I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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  8. We do not learn from experience... 

    We learn from reflecting on experience.

    John Dewey

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  9. People get paid to make
    websites & web applications

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  10. The aspiration & the road taken
    are not always the same path,
    & that is ok.

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  11. The value of a community is not
    always immediately obvious.

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  12. Anyone you meet
    could become your
    colleague, boss or employee!

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  13. The tech industry can be
    very western.

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  14. Culture and Social Norms are
    different across the world

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  15. The time is half 10.
    09:30 or 10:30?

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  16. “We can table the topic”

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  17. Be clear, and explicit
    in communication

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  18. There are different
    types of listening

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  19. Not all answers
    need to be
    a tech answers

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  20. Leave a trail for yourself

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  21. 10 years from now

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  22. What have the
    last 10 years
    taught you?

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  23. We do not learn from experience... 

    We learn from reflecting on experience.

    John Dewey

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  24. Image Credits
    1. Photo by John Lockwood on Unsplash
    2. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken
    3. https://conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw10
    4. http://www.xenophobes.com/see-the-series/
    5. Feelings Wheel by Geoffrey Roberts. https://imgur.com/tCWChf6 http://feelingswheel.com/
    6. Empathic Listening instead of Dismissive Listening by Keeley Shaw https://www.instagram.com/p/CBrK5KYJFRe/

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