October 6: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 79

In Partnership with my Free Course: Identify Your Definition of Success

Happy Tuesday! We have so many reasons to celebrate today – keep on killing it, ladies ❤️

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Celebrations 🥂🎉

Soundarya completed her Engineering degree 🥳!

In her own words:

“Finally Graduated 🙌🏻 All the hard work and consistency paid off.”

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Whoopee!!! I have finally graduated 🎓 This 4 years were incredible 💃🏻 I still remember my first lecture which was Concepts of C Programming. I was scared and excited at the same time. I was teeny-tiny girl who was making her way into the tech world. My First Year started with C, M1, M2, Chem, Physics, Basic Electric-Electronics, Elements of Civil-Mech, to Second Year of M3, M4, Logic Design, Unix Shell, Computer Architecture, Data Structure, Oops, Web Programming, Operating System, Algorithms, Micro processor-controllers, DBMS, JAVA…to Third Year of Formal Lang, Automata Theory, Software Engineering, Computer Networks, Management, Distributed Computing, Compiler Design, Computer Graphics, OOMD, IoT, Software Design to the Final Year where I studied about Cloud Computing, Software Testing, Data Science Embedded Systems, Simulation and Artificial Intelligent followed by plenty of assignments, workshops, small/big projects and Internships… I have come so far and I'm proud of what I have become. Happy Learning 💫 Have a great day 🙌🏻 #womanintech #womaninstem #womanempowerment #engineeringgals #dev_girls #womenengineers #womenintech #womeninstem #engineeringlife #futureisfemale #makespaceforwomen #softwareengineer #shecanstem #cutetechgirls #girlsinstem #computerscience #graduation #computersciencestudent #classof2020 #breakingstereotypes #devlife #steminist #codingisfun #2020graduate🎓 #girl_loves_coding

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Maddy started working for Google!

In her own words:

“I started my first (non-internship) job at Google. After passing the coding interviewers, I’m now a software engineer in the Google Health product area.”

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𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗟𝗕 𝗜𝗻 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗⁣ I’m now a software engineer at @google! 💼 Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the way; you mean the world to me, and I will forever remain grateful ❤️⁣ ⁣ As this is a recent development and my first ever (non-internship) job, I’m still figuring out how to balance work and life (aka not taking meetings in my PJs in the morning and logging out when the work day ends is hard😂). My coworkers have given me some tips that I thought I would share in case you are in a similar boat.⁣ ⁣ 1. Exercise Regularly: I personally love cardio, and I run 2-4 miles daily. If it makes sense for you space-wise / financially, consider a standing desk! Major shoutout to google’s WFH stipend for funding my standing desk (as well as my AC and basically everything on my desk🙏)⁣ ⁣ 2. Physically Separate Your Work From Your Personal Life: At some point during my remote internship this summer, I was literally lying in bed almost the entire day coding / eating snacks / sleeping – this would make me lethargic and unmotivated for days at a time. Nowadays, I make a point to only put work stuff on my work table, and I have a separate table where I leave my personal effects and use my own laptop.⁣ ⁣ 3. Maintain a Regular Schedule: Even if you don’t need to do something at a specific time / day, schedule a recurring event (e.g. laundry on Sundays, dinners at 6pm) and stick with it! The sense of normality derived from this has really made a difference for me.⁣ ⁣ What tips would you add?👇⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #workfromhome #google #softwareengineering #girlswhocode #googlers #lifeatgoogle #noogler #girlsintech #softwareengineer #womenwhocode #girlsthatcode #remotework #codingdays #productivitytips⁣#codingdays #productivitytips

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Alina is celebrating 8 months completed at GitLab and 100 merge requests merged!

In her own words:

“I have the opportunity to work for GitLab, it’s a dream to be part of this amazing team.”

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Grateful for our office for 2 weeks. 🙇‍♀️ #remote #remotework #programmer

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Zakiya got a promotion!

In her own words:

“I have been promoted to consultant from associate consultant. I work as full stack developer.”

Kirin got an award for the game she built!

In her own words:

“I founded Illumix (an Augmented reality startup) 3 years ago and our first game built on our technology (Five Nights at Freddy’s AR) was released almost a year ago. We were just this week honored by Fast Company for the game being one of the best apps and games in 2020 overall. We were alongside apps like Disney Plus and Adobe Photoshop.”

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So proud of my team for FNAF AR being named in Fast Company's Innovation by Design awards! 🎉 You never build a game or product thinking about awards, but it feels great to be recognized for all the work and care that has gone into creating this brand new category of gaming based in experiential AR.

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Kaylee presented her workshop at GHC!

In her own words:

“Ever since I went to Grace Hopper Celebration for the first time 4 years ago I aspired to one day present at GHC — this became reality for me on Saturday! I presented my workshop Make Your Visions Come True: Creating Your 5-Year Career Virtual Vision Board to 500 attendees!”

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Today was a goal accomplished!! This goal has been 4 years in the making. . . Ever since I attended #ghc 4 years ago for the first time I aspired to one day present and speak at GHC. Today, that goal became a reality!! . . I am so excited to have presented my workshop Make Your Visions Come True: Creating Your 5-Year Career Virtual Vision Board this morning with my co-presenter Wazila Shikari! A whopping 500 people showed up on this Saturday morning and I am so floored! . . Thank you to @anitab_org for helping make this a reality!! I hope those of you that joined found it useful and I can't wait to see those amazing vision boards you all created! #vGHCMyCareerVisionBoard

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Dana & Angela are celebrating one year of their career change podcast!

In their own words:

“We had the honor to interview 29 guests so far and a third of them switched from different careers to tech! Masha is our 12th guest 🙂

In the blog post included, we have a list of these episodes for you to check out!”

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It’s our one year anniversary! 🎂 🎂 🎂 🎂 🎂 Woohoo! Our podcast turned one year old!! It’s an amazing feeling and we are so grateful. Here is what we are doing for our birthday: 1. Take stock 2. Reflect 3. Plan forward We highly encourage you to swipe right ➡️ to listen to Ann off-tune birthday song! 1️⃣ What did we do last year? We’ve published interviews on 28 amazing humans who switched careers and found more fulfilling careers. The later part of these interviews also took into account their experiences in #covıd. We’ve included a detailed list of three main categories of careers our guests transitioned to. Link is in bio! Fun fact, the blog has actually been going for almost two years at this point! 2️⃣ Our thoughts? Well, there are two things we loved most – one is to connect with our guests and learn about them, and second is the feeling of being creative while putting together content for the audiences. They do take painstakingly long, but are so worth it. What we wish was different is if the writing and editing could be easier… but practice makes perfect! 3️⃣ Let’s talk about what we want to do next Here are some ideas. The podcast can turn into something more informative where we group interviews into mini series focusing on specific careers. We can start doing book reviews or have episodes where we talk more in depths on certain careers. We can also invite more hiring managers to get you the first hand deets on what they look for when hiring someone with nontraditional background. 🥤 🥤 🥤 🥤 🥤 But for now, please join us in celebrating our one-year birthday…with a (caffeinated) beverage of your choice, and ours will be the beloved pumpkin cream cold brew ❤️ #podcastapp #podcastsofinstagram #careerpodcast #celebrateus #womenempowerment #workinprogressblogs #covidpodcast

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Sundas is helping create the upcoming Google Data Certificate!

This is so cool, Sundas – you are such a badass 🥰 I bet it’s going to be an awesome experience and one of many to come!

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A few days ago, I shared with all of you that google is launching a new data certificate, and I’m so excited to share that I’ll be one the faces of the upcoming Google Data Certificate 👩🏻‍💻 10 years ago I had no clue what I wanted out of my career. I had just started school taking online classes at a community college after a 6-year gap. I did dream big but I didn’t imagine that one day this will be life and I’ll be a source of inspiration for people starting over and starting new career journeys. It’s been unreal 💕 Thank you for all the love and support my IG family. You all been helping and inspiring me more than you know ❤️

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Pariss has left her 9-5 to go full-time on her business!

Congratulations with this awesome milestone, Pariss! It’s scary but will be so worth it and lead to so much fulfillment ❤️