Femgineer Forum on Changing Roles

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For those in tech who maybe wondering how to switch teams, positions, take on additional responsibilities, or are ready to take on a leadership position in any department. Learn strategies on:

- How to assess if you're a fit for a new role
- How to initiate the switch by leveraging existing skills

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Femgineer Forum on Changing Roles

  1. 1. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES #femgineerforumPoornima Vijayashanker@femgineerpoornima@femgineer.com 1
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION 2POORNIMA VIJAYASHANKERCEO & FOUNDER‣ Duke University - Electrical Engineer & Computer Science‣ R&D Engineer @ Synopsys‣ 2nd Employee/Engineer @ Mint.com‣ Femgineer.com 2
  3. 3. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 3AGENDA‣ Self Assessment‣ Mistakes‣ Getting the Role 3
  4. 4. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 4I have never been qualified for any position. 4
  5. 5. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 5 R&D Engineer @ Synopsys 5
  6. 6. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 6 Founding engineer @ Mint.com 6
  7. 7. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 7 Founder of BizeeBee.com 7
  8. 8. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 8 I know how to sell my strengths. 8
  9. 9. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 9 How the hiring or promoting mind thinks. 9
  10. 10. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 10 See potential. Attitude 50% of List Effort. Care about those 1. Team player 1. May have a few 1. Self-starter. who are capable must haves over those who 2. Enthusiastic abilities. 2. Can go the already ready & and energetic extra mile. able. 2. They know they have to train. 3. Willing to learn. 10
  11. 11. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 11COMMON MISTAKES‣ We don’t think we’re qualified because of the LIST‣ Not thinking strategically e.g. working 40+ hours‣ Not demonstrating results‣ Thinking about yourself too much 11
  12. 12. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 12Good convincing ourselves we aren’t qualified. 12
  13. 13. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 13 13
  14. 14. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 14 Self Assessment 14
  15. 15. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 15 Take stock of your skills. Take stock of projects. Take stock of your skills. Stories sell. - list each skill - what was each project - read Made to Stick. - how long it took you to - what was your part - prepare stories that acquire convey skills & projects - describe team’s involvement - prepare for push back - challenges YOU overcame 15
  16. 16. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 16 Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. 16
  17. 17. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 17CHANGING ROLES‣ Understand the role‣ What is involved in the day-to-day‣ What to do & How to do it‣ Know how to ask for helpSuggested reading: Cathie Black’s Basic Black 17
  18. 18. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 18 Hacks. 18
  19. 19. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 19 You’re already doing the job. 19
  20. 20. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 20RECOGNITION‣ Explain the project‣ How its already benefitted or impact the company‣ Why you should continue leading it & need more resources‣ Transition plan for your old dusty position 20
  21. 21. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 21 Convey results. Convey causes. Create an ASK. 21
  22. 22. PITCH 22 Assess Take stock of your skills and experience. Analyze Understand the role you are interested it in. Apply Create stories that are compelling. 22
  23. 23. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 23 Visualize failure. 23
  24. 24. EXERCISE 24KEY OBJECTIVE(S) AGENDALearn to negotiate & get the 15 minutes 1.Assess yourself for the role.offer you want! 2.Create a compelling story for it. 3.Pick partner. 4.Deliver the ASK. 5.Switch.DELIVERABLE RESOURCESShort skit. Pitch format: Results -> Causes -> ASK 24
  25. 25. FEMGINEER FORUM: CHANGING ROLES 25REVIEW‣ Self Assessment‣ Mistakes‣ Getting the Role 25
  26. 26. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 26 What’s next? 26
  27. 27. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 27 Office Hours Fridays 2pm PST Sign up for a 30 minute slot here! Next Femgineer Forum January 10th! 27
  28. 28. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 28 APPENDIX 28
  29. 29. RESOURCES 29BooksBasic Black - Cathie BlackSelf Leadership & the One Minute Manager - Kenneth BlanchardSecrets of Six Figure Women - Barbara StannyNice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office - Lois P. FrankelYes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive - Goldstein, Martin & CialdiniPodcastsWhat Great Bosses Know - The Poynter Institute Jill Geisler 29

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