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Software Development, Career Discovery and Arduino

On January 14th, I had missed the privilege of attending Austin Teshuba’s Think Tank as a part of the Associate National Lead program. However, I had the chance to reflect back on a recording of the Think Tank and share my main takeaways.

First we were explained the steps to finding possible career paths:

  1. Identify possible careers: do some research into the potential careers you would like to pursue

  2. Use your interest for inspiration: Everyone has hobbies. For example, if you love music but want to pursue a job in technology, there will be jobs that exist for music in technology firms (eg. Youtube Music).

  3. Once you have all the possible careers listed out, you need to translate the careers into a list of skills that you will need to build to get that job. For example, if you want to be a doctor, you would need medical training.

Tip: Consider what problems do you solve on a daily basis that are related to the career? If you like the problems that you are solving, it's a good indication that you should explore that career.

Next, we were explained the importance of resumes, as well as some tips for writing good resumes:

  1. Personalize each resume: Every job that you are applying for is different, so you should tailor the experiences and skills on your resume to suit that job

  2. Make your resume stand out. It takes around 5-10 seconds for an employer or hiring manager to look over your resume, so make it pop out (eg. add some colour!)

  3. Soft skills are just as important. While tangible accomplishments are good, it is truly the soft skills and how you can work together and communicate with other people that will get you further!

Finally, Austin introduced us to the program Arduino, which is a programming tool that is used by programmers to carry out functions in everyday technology. Through explaining the basics of the programming, I was able to understand the concepts behind technology.

Overall, this Think Tank was very informative and successful by providing lots of insight into career planning, resume building and general computer science knowledge. It made me think more about my potential career paths and definitely helped me discover a new liking towards technology.


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