How to Evaluate Your Technical Career Track

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It's often unclear what tracks are available to people in technical careers such as designers, engineers, and product managers within any size organization. The path chosen by many is the management track, but what if you want to stay technical? Are there alternatives?

In this talk, you'll learn:

• What to think about when you're evaluating the choice between pursuing a management vs a technical track

• The opportunities that are available to you if you choose to go down a technical track, what the day-to-day will be like, and how to prepare for this path

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How to Evaluate Your Technical Career Track

  1. How to Evaluate Your Technical Career Track Poornima Vijayashanker #femgineerforum @femgineer May 28, 2014 1
  2. Background • Femgineer • Forums 2
  3. Agenda • What are the roles? • Technical v. management track? • How to transition? • Breakout session 3
  4. Smart. 4
  5. Inexperienced. 5
  6. Falling off. 6
  7. Environment. 7
  8. Stuck. 8
  9. It’s too late. 9
  10. Get back on! 10
  11. Many paths. 11
  12. What are the roles? 12
  13. Technical track. 13
  14. Freelancer Consultant Individual Contributor Technical Team Lead Architect Creative Director Manager Teacher Professor 14
  15. Take stock of projects. 15
  16. Side projects. 16
  17. Meet Courteney. 17
  18. 18
  19. Expertise. 19
  20. Management track. 20
  21. Budget & control resources. 21
  22. Directions. 22
  23. Understand organization. 23
  24. Lookout. 24
  25. Lots of open doors. 25
  26. Interview them! 26
  27. When was the last time someone was promoted? 27
  28. Do people make transitions? 28
  29. Understand the day-to-day! 29
  30. Responsibilities & Requirements 30
  31. Get Some Feedback • Colleagues • Friends • Mentors 31
  32. Perspective. 32
  33. I’m not ready... 33
  34. Constantly learning. 34
  35. Training. 35
  36. Transition. 36
  37. Create a plan. 37
  38. The role you want. Why you want it. Why you can do it! 38
  39. Demonstrate through stories 39
  40. ASK! 40
  41. Don’t muddle the message. “...” 41
  42. Do a bite-sized sale. 42
  43. RISK. 43
  44. Show progress overtime. 44
  45. Mitigating risk == easy decision 45
  46. Inaction. 46
  47. Review • What are the roles? • Technical v. management track? • How to transition? • Breakout session 47
  48. Next Forum on June 19th Why You Should Speak at Technical Conferences Sponsored by 48
  49. Want to host a forum at your company? Contact: justin@femgineer.com 49
  50. E-mail Course How to Transform Your Ideas into Software Products http://femgineer.com/transform-ideas 50
  51. Courses Confident Communicator Lean Product Development Web Product Development Visit femgineer.com/learn Mentoring Visit femgineer.com/mentoring 51
  52. Q&A 52
  53. 53
  54. Breakout Session! 54
  55. KEY OBJECTIVE(S) AGENDA DELIVERABLE BREAK OUT SESSION Think about your track. 30 minutes Get into groups of ~5 people. 1. Introduce yourself to the group. 2. Take stock of past projects 3. What did you enjoy about those projects? 4. What role do you think you maybe suited to based on what you enjoyed working on? 5. What are some next steps for you? 6. Share with the group. Short presentation 55

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