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Saturday, February 20 • 12:00pm - 12:25pm
#Junioring101 - How Not To Go Bonkers At The Start

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Summary:

How to be successful in your first technical position? How to boost your learning? How to get all the support you need from your colleagues without taking up their whole time? These are just some of the questions every junior is grappling with. Whether you've graduated from a technical university, changed careers or are self-taught, your first job will have a critical impact on your future. It will help you create your work and learning habits, propel you into a particular development path, and last but not least - it will help you build a network of peers which will be critical to your future in the field. Make the most of it.

In this session you will learn:

- tips & tricks for boosting your learning
- some of the most important skills nobody talks about in school
- the importance of managing your mentors and reviewers
- how to approach time-boxing
- what it means to take responsibility for task delivery
- how to make it easier for your senior colleagues to help you
- the critical skill of managing your own well-being

I will share with you the experience I've earned while working in my first engineering role after changing careers - and the experience of my friends and colleagues who have been struggling with the same topics, so you won't have to reinvent the wheel and fully enjoy the challenging job that you're doing.

Audience:

This talk is aimed at people starting their career in the field of Software Engineering and Web Development - regardless of whether they are DevOps, SREs, developers, operators, or testers. The techniques are applicable for people at every level of seniority, though. Based on my experience technical seniority doesn't always correspond to non-technical seniority (and skills like team work, time management, continuous learning, and communication).

Motivation Behind The Talk:

Based on my first-hand experience as a junior I wrote a blog post with tips&tricks for my fellow colleagues struggling in their first technical position. The post gathered more attention than I expected and has been shared in the Czech tech community earlier this year. I think there's a space for content addressing the struggles of juniors - while there are plenty of resources helping get the first job, not many people talk about what it takes to be successful and happy after landing the job. I'd like to address that need.

Speakers
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Daria Grudzien

Site Reliability Engineer, Apiary.io (Oracle OCI)
As a Site Reliability Engineer I work on helping developers deploy to production faster, easier & safer. By developing training programs for oncall engineers I want to help my colleagues feel confident while carrying a pager. I specialize in bringing structure to chaos and resolving... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2021 12:00pm - 12:25pm CET
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