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.
Oldest comments (41)
Hi TRACEY BERG-FULTON
I'm incredibly excited for this one. Realizing my current non tech job has transferable skills has been a learning process!
Super excited!! Hello Tracy and hello everyone 👋
I would have loved to be an art historian based on your career description ❤️ maybe it's not too late, do you have any ideas for how someone might get started in it?
Ohhh I'm so excited for this talk! I switched careers and love thinking about my previous skills as super powers :D
I work Retail Right now and be really cool to see how I can use those skills once I get into my first Tech job
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!
Totally second this. ☝️
Ask away and we'll make sure to pass on any questions!
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).
I love hearing stories from others who pivoted into tech from a completely different field. So excited for this chat!
😂😂😂 Props for that joke!
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
Loving this buckets idea! Gotta do some thinking and try to find my own.
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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wait a minute is ur dad really a zomboni mechanic???
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!
"You do not owe a workplace all of yourself."
Thank you so much for this talk (and for reiterating that incredibly key point)!