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From Building Resumes to Building Programming Blocks

Hi everyone, I am Bernadette, a grade 12 student. This Saturday, I had the privilege of attending Austin Teshuba’s Think Tank on “UI/UX Design, Software Development and Product Management” as a part of the Associate National Lead program. As part of this program, aside from getting to build and host my

own conference, I get to build connections with industry professionals and leaders. My main

takeaways from this Think Tank are:

I've learnt that business can be used in a variety of career fields. Austin has explained his own experience with combining his knowledge in software engineering and business administration at his job. He also demonstrated how the Arduino programming works with coding. As someone who never approached computer science, I've learnt some easy useful terms in the coding world.

Austin also expressed the importance of telling a story through your resume. Every job is different so make sure that your resume is unique and tailored towards it. The experiences listed should be relevant. You should mention [What you did] [How you did it] [Why it matters with metrics]. Your resume is like a ticket to securing your chance at an interview.

As for interviews, he made a really good remark on how to connect with others and to get referrals. He stressed on how maintain connections might land you a shot at an interview! Always be prepared to answer the question "Tell me about yourself." and use the STAR approach (Situation Task Action Result) to answer questions. It is always good to prepare, research about the company and practice.

From understanding how resumes work to learning about technology, it was an eye-opening session to how the technology industry works.

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