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Kscope19 Turbocharging Your Career


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Becky Wagner and Heli Helskyaho talk about things to do to Turbocharge your career

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Kscope19 Turbocharging Your Career

  1. 1. Turbocharging Your Data Engineering Career Becky Wagner & Heli Helskyaho
  2. 2. Who Am I?  Wife; Mother of 3 (ages 17, 14, and 10);  2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do  Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator  ODTUG Analytics Community Leader  Oracle ACE  Sr BI Architect at US-Analytics  15 years in IT  Email:  Twitter: @Bec_Wagner  LinkedIn:  IRC Channel (Telegram): #obihackers
  3. 3. Path
  4. 4. Who Am I?  Wife; Mother of 2 (ages 22, and 20);  Master of Science (computer science) University of Helsinki, currently a doctoral student, researcher and lecturer at University of Helsinki  Worked with Oracle products since 1993, worked for IT since 1990  Data and Database!  CEO for Miracle Finland Oy  Oracle ACE Director  Ambassador for EOUC (EMEA Oracle Users Group Community)  Listed as one of the TOP 100 influencers on IT sector in Finland (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)  Public speaker and an author  Author of the book Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler for Database Design Mastery (Oracle Press, 2015), co- author for Real World SQL and PL/SQL: Advice from the Experts (Oracle Press, 2016)  Sportaholic
  5. 5. Path • From outside the path looks like this: • In reality it has been like this
  6. 6. Balance All the things image
  7. 7. • Finish small jobs immediately • Write lists (less stress when it’s concrete) • Ask for help • When I was writing the book the boys cooked ! • The best thing I have done was to taught the boys how to cook • On Sat or Sun I prepare my next week (add in the calendar, also sports), I will change it during the week but I at least have a plan for the week and the calendar reminds me of things I should do (no need to remember and stress) Small tips and hints
  8. 8. • Remote work, more efficient • No spending time in the traffic • Laundry, dishes, spending time with the family, time for exercise • If you are tired, a nap for 15 min and you are as good as new • Listen to your body • I do work on weekends but only as much as my body system allows, if I need to rest I rest Small tips and hints
  9. 9. 9 Be a ”Man”
  10. 10. • Be an example • Whatever you do make sure you will feel ok to look in the mirror • Be proud of yourself and show that • Take your space! But not at somebody else’s expenses. • Be yourself, do not try to be somebody else • Support others • Be nice to people What can You do? 10
  11. 11. • Prioritizing, prioritizing and prioritizing • Making decisions • Love to learn • Saying: Yes  • If you get an opportunity, do not forget to say yes! • You have time later to be afraid and regret  11 What are my skills?
  12. 12. • It is always not expect that it will be easier when something happens (”when the kids go to school, when they...”) • I started my first company when my boys were 1 and 3 • Teenagers.. • BUT keep the priorities! You and the family must always come first. 12 Work and family
  13. 13. • I only started traveling when the younger one was 8YO (my personal decision, not saying everybody should do so) and very slowly (2007 trip to Croatia I took the whole family with me) • Make sure your family knows what you do • Boys to the office • Family members to attend events with me • … Work and family
  14. 14. • Nobody else will... • Rest, eat well, enjoy life,... • Physical Excercise is a MUST! • ”outsource” • Never, ever sacrifice yourself! DO NOT feel quilty for thinking about yourself! • ” Put on your own oxygen mask before helping those around you” 14 Take care of YOU
  15. 15. • A friend at the gym asked me: ”How are you today?” • I replied: ”Great! Never better!” • She replied: ”How can you always be so happy?” • I replied: ”It’s my life. If I’m not happy about something I change it. Then I’m happy again.” • She said: ”WOW!” • If you like what you are doing you can have 42 hours… How are you today?
  16. 16. Turbocharging • Places to go • Things to do • People to see
  17. 17. Places to go • • youtube • Forums • Google • Stack overflow • Twitter •
  18. 18. Things to do • Trials • VMs • Play • Read blogs • Watch videos • Learn more and don’t stop learning more • When you learn, write a blog and/or give a presentation
  19. 19. People to See • Oracle ACEs/Groundbreakers/Java Champions • • User Groups • Local Meetups • Twitter • LinkedIn
  20. 20. Trouble Spots and Lessons Learned
  21. 21. • DO NOT let anybody else define who and what you are! or what you are capable of. • Ignore pointless, negative comments • Believe in yourself • This is something I work on everyday but I am getting better  Keep distance from the negative people 21
  22. 22. • If you do not like your work, change it. • The world is full of different kinds of jobs 22 LOVE your work
  23. 23. • You need to trust yourself. If you learn that you will do great in life! • You make your future… 23
  24. 24. • Reach for the STARS, do not forget to DREAM. • Without that I would not be • Writing • Studying 24 Do not be afraid of challenges!
  25. 25. 450+ Technical Experts Helping Peers Globally Nominate yourself or someone you know:
  26. 26. Thanks for Coming @Bec_Wagner becky-wagner-bb356924/ Telegram: #obihackers @Helifromfinland in/helihelskyaho/ Blog: