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The World of Software Development, Career Discovery and Arduino

Hi everyone! I am Ruby Wang, a grade 12 student in Toronto. 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.

Through this week's Think Tank, I was exposed to the variety of career paths and fields that exist within the world of business and technology. With the help of Autin's experience, I was able to differentiate the various divisions and sectors involved in a Tech company. Of those roles, divisions like marketing, HR, product management, and software development are included.

Furthermore, Austin dove deeper into how to make your resume stand out. Some key takeaways I got from this Think Tank were:

  1. Personalize each resume. Every job that you are applying for is different, therefore you should tailor the experiences and skills that you list 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 (e.g. don't make it black and white!)

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

Some other general key points from Austin's Think tank include:

  1. Identify possible careers by using your interests as inspiration and translate the careers into skills

  2. Be intentional with how you spend your time. If you feel like you aren't gaining or being challenged enough, push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new!

Finally, Austin introduced us to the program Arduino. Arduino is a programming tool that is used by programmers of various expertise to carry out functions in your everyday technology. By explaining the basics of the programing language C++, I was able to better grasp the concepts used in technology and start programming my own circuits.

Overall, I think this Think Tank was very informative and successful by providing lots of insight into career planning, resume building and general computer science knowledge.


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