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Tracey Berg-Fulton
Tracey Berg-Fulton

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[On-Demand Talk] Art History is a Feature: Non-Dev Work as a Superpower

About this talk

So, you're coming to a dev career from a very different path in life — one that may not seem "connected" to the dev world...

In this talk, I will run through an exercise about discovering the superpowers of your non-dev work career, including how to identify your superpowers, talk about them, and use them to start and advance your career.

We're all competent in our tech stacks, but what makes us unique and awesome coworkers is the variety of experiences and skills we've picked up along the way. No matter what these skills are, there's a way to connect them to being a dev and working in tech.

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🌈 Comment below and ask me questions — I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!


About Tracey Berg-Fulton

Tracey Berg-Fulton is a Software Engineer at Lumen Learning. Before learning to code in 2016, Tracey spent nearly a decade working in museums as a registrar & provenance researcher. She holds degrees in art and journalism from Otterbein, and a master's degree in art history from the University of Glasgow. In her spare time, Tracey competes in powerlifting, runs silly distances, and studies Gàidhlig. She shares her Pittsburgh home with her giant schnabrador, Walter, who is a very good boy.


This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2021 — a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

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Ella (she/her/elle)

Hey y'all, you probably know what's up by now, but I'ma go ahead and remind you to leave all your comments and feedback here and most of all... QUESTIONS!

Tracey is going to be in a live Speaker Discussion later on, so if you have any questions to ask, now is the time!

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Clarke Jacobse (they/them) • Edited on

One question I have for Tracey about setting boundaries: how would you approach a situation where you're asked to use your 'superpowers' for something you weren't hired to do? (In this case something you don't feel comfortable with).

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Michael Tharrington

Totally second this. ☝️

Ask away and we'll make sure to pass on any questions!

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Tiffany (she/ela) • Edited on

It was very important to point out that we don't have to use our superpowers. I offer to use my superpowers when I feel like, only if it's not going to give me a hard time with my actual work later and if it's low effort, and my boss is always very cautious and confirms with me if I wanna do it.

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Pj Metz

Former English teacher confirming that my years of teaching poetry to disinterested teens has resulted in a superpower of finding engagement in places others might not be able to.

This talk meant so much to me. Thank you, Tracey!

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Christian New

Going from field artillery to being a full-stack software engineer sure gives me a perspective! I love this talk, and I hope others can find their superpowers too! Thanks @bergfulton

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Raedy Ping

wait a minute is ur dad really a zomboni mechanic???

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Luis Castillo

Taking notes for my resume, I do retail which I though I can't translate my experience in retail to Programming but this live speaker help to show I can provide what I have experience to the Tech industry.

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Shara Crosslin

I understand the power of "doing it afraid", but often struggle to get started in these situations. What tips do you have to approach something when you have to "do it afraid"?

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Thais Damasceno

I don't understand very much the power of doing it affraid. Could you help me to understand, please? :)

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Shara Crosslin

Tracey mentioned in their presentation that one of their superpowers was "doing it afraid", meaning that even if a task was intimidating, they could push through and accomplish the goal.

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Jürgen Hermann

Set realistic short-term goals, and define how you know you reached them. Take notice of your progress.

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Clarke Jacobse (they/them)

As someone who also comes from a non-tech background, this talk was super helpful and encouraging! I love the idea of thinking of all of these skills as superpowers. Thank you so much for this talk (and for sharing that cute dog picture 🐶 )

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Shara Crosslin

😂😂😂 Props for that joke!

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Novice

Super excited!! Hello Tracy and hello everyone 👋

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austinxduong

wow, this really spoke to me Tracey. As mostly a kinesthetic learner, sometimes the solution to a coding problem will come to me when I'm listening to music while exercising/stretching/(sometimes dancing LOL). Glad to know I'm not the only one who needs a creative outlet 🤣🕺

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fizzybuzzybeezy • Edited on

Love the "do it afraid" super power, Tracey! Also, "You don't owe all of yourself to your workplace." That's can be so tough when today's tech is moving so fast and (seeming to) require deep knowledge and study and also companies are encouraging a family atmosphere. Boundaries! Thanks for the ideas and perspective!

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Shara Crosslin

I love hearing stories from others who pivoted into tech from a completely different field. So excited for this chat!

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Doreen Joy Barber (she/her)

"You do not owe a workplace all of yourself."

YESSSS!!!

Thank you so much for this talk (and for reiterating that incredibly key point)!

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Stephanie Back

Self-respect, consent, and advocacy are huge as a professional but often difficult to achieve as a newbie especially in a new field. Thank you for addressing how best to approach these obstacles. That was an awesome talk Tracey!