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SRECon USA 2016: Growing your Entry Level Talent

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Just over two years ago, I completed college, moved countries and started as a SRE at LinkedIn. Over those two years, I’ve gone from a Junior engineer to a Senior Engineer, however, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without a great onboarding experience and the mentors that have guided me

This session will take the perspective of myself as a New College Graduate and Nina Mushiana (SRE manager) on how to onboard new SREs and help them reach their full potential. We will deep dive into onboarding, mentoring and training topics and reflect on lessons learnt over my two year experience. Finally I’ll present advice for ELTs on how to become an important and successful part of their organization.

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SRECon USA 2016: Growing your Entry Level Talent

  1. 1. ​ Michael Kehoe ​ Senior SRE ​ LinkedIn College Student to SRE: Onboarding your Entry Level Talent ​ Nina Mushiana ​ SRE Manager ​ LinkedIn
  2. 2. 3 Topics ● Who are we? ● Background ● Onboarding ● Training ● Mentoring ● Managing ● Lessons Learnt
  3. 3. 4 $ whoami who-are-we
  4. 4. 5 My Journey
  5. 5. Who / What are they? 6 Your ELT’s ● Just graduated from College ● May/May not have enterprise experience ● High aptitude for fast learning ● Non-jaded, highly impressionable/ idealistic thinkers
  6. 6. 7 22% SRE Hires were ELT’s in 2015
  7. 7. Before Day 1 8 Onboarding your Talent ● Mentor/ Manager correspondence ● Company merchandise
  8. 8. Day 1 9 Onboarding your Talent ● Reaffirm decision to join LinkedIn ● Enforce company values ● New Hire Roadmap
  9. 9. Post Day 1 10 Onboarding your Talent ● Engineering Bootcamp ● SRE Onboarding checklist ● StartIn Program
  10. 10. 11 Training your Talent ● Provide a strong set of ‘get up to speed’ classes/ documents ● For ELT’s, extra background material may help ○ e.g. High Scalability Blog ● Technical resource they can talk to (i.e. mentor) ● Non-technical training
  11. 11. 12 Mentoring your Talent ● Pair with best engineer(s) ● Clone ● Someone to reach out to ● Traits
  12. 12. 13 Managing your Talent ● Support ● Opportunities and career ● 1:1 ● Acknowledgement ● Morale ● Boring work
  13. 13. 14 Lessons Learned ● Relationships matter ● Technical skills only get you so far ● Value your time
  14. 14. 15 Advice for ELT’s ● Make the most of the resources around you ● It’s always better to ask questions than to assume and break something ● Always use feedback as a motivator to improve ​ ​
  15. 15. Questions? 16 ?
  16. 16. ©2014 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
  17. 17. 18 Onboarding your Talent ● Introduce: ○ Company Values ○ Expectations ○ Workplace culture ● Give them: ○ A short-term & longer-term roadmap of what their role will encompass ○ Flexibility
  18. 18. Hiring your Talent

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