Skip to main content

At GDI Philly's Day in the Life of a Developer Panel

My local GirlDevelopIt chapter @gdiphilly is running a 5-event career speaker series titled "A Day in the Life". I recently had the opportunity to be on "A Day in the Life of a Developer" panel which was aimed at women transitioning into tech and curious to know what a developer does every day. The panel was very diverse with three women from a Humanities background and two from a Computer Science background.


We started off with each panelist's perspectives on the following questions. Some panelist answers are mentioned below:

How did we get into this field?  
Early interest in math and science, Went to Engineering school, Transitioned from a tech support role, Took some Computer science intro classes.

What is our educational background? 
Engineering, Photography, Humanities, Art History

What are our daily responsibilities? 
Coding, Building new features and maintaining existing ones, Managing developers, Troubleshooting, Debugging

What does our typical day look like? 
Writing code, Reviewing code, Attending Meetings, Discussing on Github/Slack

What are the good parts of being a software developer? 
Learning new things everyday, Coaching people, Being an expert resource in the field

What are the bad parts of being a software developer? 
Meetings, Sitting for a long time, Talking tech to non-tech people, Internet Explorer!

What career advice do we have to offer?
Take GDI and online classes, learn Git/Github, volunteer at local tech meetups, attend hackathons, take part in open source programs, build a community that supports you, break down problems into smaller ones, don't compare yourself, make mistakes and learn from them, blog/speak about your learning experience and do what's best for you.



The floor was then open to Q&A. Some questions asked by the audience were:

Is it worth getting a Computer Science degree? 
It depends on what you want. Getting into tech does not necessarily require a Computer Science degree but having one helps get your foot in the door. You can also get degrees online through MOOCs and take local classes to figure out where your interests lie.

Is there sexism in tech?
Occasionally but you should call people out when they do it since they could be unintentionally sexist. Calling them out helps change their attitude.

What is the interview process like?
It varies. Small, medium and big companies do it differently. There could be white-boarding (writing code on a white board), phone screens, pair programming, and questions about data structures and algorithms.



Special shoutout to @suzienieman for moderating the panel and setting up the event! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I loved being a part of it! 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Chicago Roboto 2018 Recap + First Keynote!

Chicago Roboto was back again this year as a single track conference and there were a lot of excellent talks.  Last year I gave a talk with my co-worker and product designer extraordinaire Jess Moon about design and development workflows and this year I was back again but as a Keynote speaker. Keynote Giving a keynote was a stretch goal I set for myself in 2018 and I managed to achieve it early thanks to the Chicago Roboto review committee. The topic I chose was being an Android Advocate who brings teams and communities together. I will be writing a follow up blog post about my keynote process soon but before that, a quick shout out to Corey Latislaw and my coworkers at Warner Bros. Digital Labs who took a look at my first and second drafts and listened to all my half-baked thoughts and ideas. Achievement unlocked 🎉🎉🎉 - Gave my first keynote @chicagoroboto #chicagoroboto Slides with resources available at https://t.co/OJVbZa3Akj — Yash Prabhu (@yashvprabhu)

Recap of Android Summit 2017

I recently attended and spoke at Android Summit , an Android conference organized by the folks at Capital One. Special shoutout to Jared A Sheehan, Michael Jones and the entire organizing committee for running a fabulous event which raised $6000 for Women who Code. All speakers received a Phillips Hue Starter Kit as a speaker gift which I've used to toggle and dim my living room lights via Amazon Echo. So much fun! I had a prior commitment and could only attend Day 1 but here are my highlights. Process & Workflow A common theme on Day 1 was process and workflow talks which tied in beautifully with Kelly Shuster 's keynote. Kelly is an excellent story teller. In her keynote, she connected a story of communication from her theatre background to how developers, designers and testers need to work together to reduce boiler plate conversations when designing and developing apps. I gave a similar talk earlier this year at  Chicago Roboto  with my co-worker and designer  J

2017: Year In Review

We're a month into 2018 and I already have a lot going on for the next couple of months. But before things are in full swing, I wanted to take a step back and review the past year. Photo by Miesha Moriniere from Pexels In numbers Wrote 2 blog posts  Won 2 awards  Attended 5 conferences  Spoke at 4 conferences Attended 14 meetups Spoke at 4 meetups Read 12 books  A lot of firsts! Speaking This was the first time I gave 3 completely different talks on different topics like design-developer collaboration, public speaking and leadership, and mastering Android's app resources. It was also the first time I gave a talk with a co-presenter at a conference ( Chicago Roboto - Design Develop Deploy ) Community Organized and helped run the first Android meets iOS meetup at Philly Tech Week. Learning new things This year I immersed myself in Kotlin via Kotlin Koans, Kotlin in Action book and Koltin programming challenges. It took me a while to write my first PR