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Getting Started in Tech:
Building a Great Career
February 2017
http://bit.ly/thinkful-hired-in-tech

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About me
• Jasjit Singh
• Self-taught developer
• Worked in finance & tech
• Co-Founder Hotspot
• Thinkful General Manager

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About us
Thinkful prepares students for web development &
data science jobs with 1-on-1 mentorship programs

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Getting started in tech (4:27)

  1. 1. Getting Started in Tech: Building a Great Career February 2017 http://bit.ly/thinkful-hired-in-tech
  2. 2. About me • Jasjit Singh • Self-taught developer • Worked in finance & tech • Co-Founder Hotspot • Thinkful General Manager
  3. 3. About us Thinkful prepares students for web development & data science jobs with 1-on-1 mentorship programs
  4. 4. What is “tech”? Tech isn’t just one industry anymore — it’s the new business model. Every company is now a tech company.
  5. 5. “Software is eating the world” “More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services — from movies to agriculture to national defense. Many of the winners are Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurial technology companies that are invading and overturning established industry structures. Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.” - Marc Andreeson, WSJ, 2011
  6. 6. Some examples • Largest retailer => Amazon • Best movie production => Pixar • Biggest media => Facebook & Google
  7. 7. Netflix “Our goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us” - Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, 2013
  8. 8. Goldman Sachs • Lloyd Blankfein, CEO • “Goldman Sachs is a Technology Firm” • 9,000 out of 33,000 employees are on tech team
  9. 9. The good news By 2020, there will be 1.4M computer science jobs and only 400,000 C.S. grads with the skills to apply for those jobs - Bureau of Labor Statistics
  10. 10. The new blue collar job?
  11. 11. The implications for jobs • Increased demand in for technical skills • Creation of new “software plus” jobs • Diffusion of tech organizational culture, roles, and processes
  12. 12. One such process — career trajectory Junior sales Account executive Sales Manager VP Sales!
  13. 13. In “tech” career trajectories are varied Full stack developer Front-end developer Back-end developer QA developer
  14. 14. In “tech” career trajectory are varied Full stack developer Front-end developer Back-end developer QA developer DevOps Product developer Growth hacker Reliability engineer Architect Manager / team lead
  15. 15. Goals for tonight • Define common first jobs • Career trajectories after the first job • Tips for breaking in
  16. 16. First jobs • Frontend developer • Backend developer • Full-stack developer • QA developer
  17. 17. Frontend Developer You’ll be building the parts of an application that people interact with
  18. 18. Backend Developer Building the business logic and handling data storage and manipulation
  19. 19. Full-stack Developer Build both front and backend features +
  20. 20. QA Developer Write software tests and conduct manual tests to catch bugs before they’re shipped
  21. 21. Next step: Senior Developer Everything that came before with the ability to estimate your work accurately, handle challenging problems with less support, and add support for junior colleagues
  22. 22. Coding plus Roles • Coding + Product = Product Manager • Coding + Marketing = Growth Hacker • Coding + Community = Developer Evangelist • Coding + Sales = Sales Engineer • Coding + Data = Data Scientist
  23. 23. Product Manager (Coding + Product) Turn business goals into product requirements. Work with designers & developers to deliver — measure success Skills & Tools • Customer research • Customer development • User stories • Wireframes • Project management • Analytics
  24. 24. Growth Hacker (Coding + Marketing) Design & implement experiments to drive customer acquisition and engagement Skills & Tools • Rapid prototyping • Analytics • Communication
  25. 25. Developer Evangelist (Coding + Community) Build community around a technology by helping customers, creating content and participating at events Skills & Tools • Specific technical expertise • Teaching/Mentoring • Customer support
  26. 26. Sales Engineer (Coding + Sales) Sell complex technical product by helping customer understand how it works and how they’ll use it Skills & Tools • Communication • Customer support
  27. 27. Data Scientist (Coding + Data) Use statistics and programming to find valuable insights from extremely large datasets Skills & Tools • Curiosity • Statistics • Analytics • Machine Learning
  28. 28. The Good News • Massive shortages in tech industry • Hiring is based on skills, not credentials • Anyone can learn with a growth mindset
  29. 29. 1M unfilled tech jobs by 2020 By 2020, there will be 1.4M computer science jobs available and only 400,000 computer science grads with the skills to apply for those jobs - Bureau of Labor Statistics
  30. 30. Many firms recruit from code challenge sites
  31. 31. Technical interview is cornerstone of the process
  32. 32. Anyone can learn how to code Students with a growth mindset - the belief that intelligence is not just something that you are born with - have higher levels of success. Neural connections grow and become stronger the more you struggle with learning and correct your mistakes. Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
  33. 33. How to get in the door? • Learn the skills • Build a portfolio of high quality work • Develop a relevant network • Prep for technical interviews
  34. 34. Learning the skills • Build stuff + Google • Free online resources (e.g. CodeAcademy) • Flexible coding bootcamps (e.g Thinkful) • Full-time coding bootcamps (e.g. GA) • Full degree programs (Georgia Tech)
  35. 35. Building your portfolio • Find a niche (based on your background) • Build a personal website • Get your portfolio on GitHub • Try and find contract work • Have professionals guide & review your work
  36. 36. Networking the right way • 80% of job openings are never advertised • 120 average applicants per job posted • 20% get an interview *https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/26/why-every-job-seeker-should-have-a-personal- website-and-what-it-should-include/#578fbf6f119e
  37. 37. Networking the right way • Cold applications suck! • Figure out what you want (size, industry, role, etc) • Reach out to someone that works at company • Ask them about their work, genuine interest, build a relationship • Eventually (1-2 months in), ask for referral
  38. 38. Tech recruiters • Tech recruiters serve as your agent • Can leverage their relationships to arrange interviews • They are incentivized to find you a job • You might get less say in where, but are helpful • Can be great in getting you feedback
  39. 39. Thinkful students find jobs through referrals
  40. 40. The technical interview • Phone screen • Take home tech challenge • In-person interviews
  41. 41. Resources • Prep sites (e.g. Interview Cake) • Books (e.g. Cracking the Coding Interview) • Mock interviews with technical friends
  42. 42. More about Thinkful • Anyone who’s committed can learn to code • 1-on-1 mentorship is the best way to learn • Flexibility matters — learn anywhere, anytime •We only makes money when you get a job
  43. 43. More about Thinkful You’ll learn concepts, practice with drills, and build capstone projects for your own portfolio — all guided by a personal mentor
  44. 44. Our mentors Mentors have, on average, 10+ years of experience
  45. 45. Our results Job Titles after GraduationMonths until Employed
  46. 46. Try us out! Try the program for two weeks, includes six mentor sessions - $50 Learn HTML/CSS/JavaScript Option to continue onto web development bootcamp Come talk to me if you’re interested (or email me at jas@thinkful.com)
  47. 47. Questions? email me at jas@thinkful.com

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