Building a Successful Technology Career

Today, I’m giving a talk at the USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) Summit about Building a Successful Technology Career. While the presentation is targeted at a female audience, I think that most of it applies to anyone working in technology careers.

I’ve uploaded the presentation (with notes) if you want to read the materials, and I hear that it’s being recorded, so the recordings should appear on the USENIX site at some point after the event.

Update 7/11/13: The audio and video files are now available on the WiAC website.


Building a successful career involves way more than just doing the technical work that is your primary responsibility. In this presentation, we’ll talk about the following topics: having a plan, but not letting it get in the way of serendipitous opportunities; applying for jobs when you don’t have all of the “required” skills; getting paid what you are worth; volunteering for additional assignments without letting people take advantage of you; and becoming known as an expert.

2 thoughts on “Building a Successful Technology Career”

  1. I saw your presentation at WiAC and I have to say that I really really enjoyed it. My daughter was there to speak so I told her your subject matter sounded really interesting even at her age (11yrs old). She ended up taking lots of notes and we talked about it later because she said you said a lot of things I’d already told her. Great job.

    1. Phillip,

      Thank you so much for bringing Keila to USENIX! I love hearing from young people who are doing interesting things with technology (especially young women), and I really enjoyed her talk!

      I’m also very happy to hear that she got some useful tips out of my talk as well. I wish her all the best and can’t wait to see what she’s doing a few years from now when she’s in high school 🙂

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