The Road Taken

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.

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Jenny Wong

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

  2. The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost - 1915

  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;
  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,
  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.
  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.
  7. “ I took the one less traveled by, And that

    has made all the difference. “
  8. We do not learn from experience... 
 We learn from

    reflecting on experience.
 John Dewey
  9. People get paid to make websites & web applications

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  11. The aspiration & the road taken are not always the

    same path, & that is ok.
  12. The value of a community is not always immediately obvious.

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

  14. The tech industry can be very western.

  15. Culture and Social Norms are different across the world

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

  17. “We can table the topic”

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  19. Be clear, and explicit in communication

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  21. There are different types of listening

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  23. Not all answers need to be a tech answers

  24. Leave a trail for yourself

  25. 10 years from now

  26. What have the last 10 years taught you?

  27. We do not learn from experience... 
 We learn from

    reflecting on experience.
 John Dewey
  28. Thank you

  29. Questions? @miss_jwo | questions@jwong.co.uk

  30. 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/