Technology Careers v2.0 SP1 Ultimate Edition

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Technology Careers v2.0 SP1 Ultimate Edition

  1. 1. Technology Careers v2.0 Service Pack 1 Ultimate Edition Fanboys, Keyboard Cat, and You
  2. 2. Who is this guy?
  3. 3. John Bristowe
  4. 4. Senior Developer EvangelistMicrosoft Canada
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/husseinabdallah/4713576870/
  6. 6. Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
  7. 7. Bishop’s University
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/husseinabdallah/2076445779/
  9. 9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Qu%C3%A9bec,_Canada.svg
  10. 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/selma90/3675162262/
  11. 11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Haiku_OS.png
  12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/marfis75/2939337382/
  13. 13. john.bristowe@microsoft.com
  14. 14. bristowe.com
  15. 15. twitter.com/jbristowe
  16. 16. That’s Me
  17. 17. Developer & Platform Evangelism
  18. 18. What’s it like?
  19. 19. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwl/4764667152/
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwl/3478660349/
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnaby_jeans/63482412/
  22. 22. More Generally Speaking…
  23. 23. A Career in Software Development
  24. 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotbenjamin/2762712999/
  25. 25. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cowcoptim/4104360701/ maybe want
  26. 26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbristowe/516559029/ want
  27. 27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/brownpau/222921320/ too much want
  28. 28. So, what’s my take?
  29. 29. A Super-Mega-Awesome l33t Life and Career that will make all of Your Friends Insanely Jealous
  30. 30. Seriously. It’s pretty awesome.
  31. 31. A Few Ways to be a Better Developer
  32. 32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdecomite/3872685816/ 1. Learn more than one programming language
  33. 33. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyuhuhuu/4443886636/ 2. Read source code from other people
  34. 34. http://www.flickr.com/photos/schani/14508908/ 3. Read programming sites and blogs
  35. 35. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nite_owl/405946852/ 4. Listen to technical podcasts
  36. 36. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastermaq/2890484346/ 5. Talk to other developers (e.g. user groups)
  37. 37. http://www.flickr.com/photos/renfield/351556390/ 6. Just do it (e.g. code kata)
  38. 38. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbristowe/3968349579/ 7. Find a mentor / Be a mentor
  39. 39. http://www.flickr.com/photos/76074333@N00/318034222/ and www.Futuristmovies.com 8. Lead a development team
  40. 40. http://www.flickr.com/photos/furryscalyman/312210315/ 9. Know your tools
  41. 41. 10. Do what you love
  42. 42. Software Development Today and Tomorrow
  43. 43. Some Final Thoughts
  44. 44. 1. You + Passion = Awesome
  45. 45. 2. Own Your Brand
  46. 46. 77% of recruiters surveyed say thatthey use search enginesto check out job candidates ExecutNet
  47. 47. 1 in 4 hiring managers say thatthey use search enginesto research potential employees CareerBuilder.com
  48. 48. “Over time, the lack of a Web presence - particularly for IT professionals - may well turn from a neutral to a negative.”
  49. 49. “If someone came looking for a senior-level job and had left no mark on the Internet, I’d see that as a big negative.”- Tim Bray, Google
  50. 50. "Mere competence in a technical discipline is not enough. That's the minimum required to keep your head above water. To have a personal brand, you must do something remarkable." - Jeff Atwood, Co-Founder of StackOverflow.com
  51. 51. 2. Own Your Brand
  52. 52. 3. Don’t Fear Failure
  53. 53. 3. IOW: Fail Hard. Fail Often.
  54. 54. Resources
  55. 55. Microsoft DreamSpark
  56. 56. dreamspark.com
  57. 57. Imagine Cup
  58. 58. imaginecup.com
  59. 59. Go DevMENTAL
  60. 60. GoDevMental.com
  61. 61. December 14
  62. 62. Round-Up Centre
  63. 63. GoDevMental.com
  64. 64. Go register. Now.
  65. 65. Seriously. I’ll wait.
  66. 66. Thanks!
  67. 67. Creative Commons Photo AttributionCalgary - Olympic Plaza & Calgary TowerDrapeau du Québec - Québec flagQuébec, Canada.svgAppleHaiku OS.pngCafé con leche – MilchkaffeeEven the Dark Side needs motivationThe trip homeIMG_5747064/365: N is for NerdSad LucyFat CatFrom Babel with lovereturn undefined;ReadingL1070294DemoCampCalgary10kaminotoIntroduction to monstering and www.Futuristmovies.comWe Still Work
  68. 68. Canadian Developer Connectionblogs.msdn.com/cdndevsbristowe.comjohn.bristowe@microsoft.com twitter.com/jbristowe

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