Lambda Career Readiness
Outline of This Careers Post
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- Introduction to Careers and the Tech
- Financial Planning and Knowing Your Worth
- Team Dynamics and Feedback
- Portfolio and Artifacts
- *Social Media in Tech
- *Sharing Your Story
- *Resumes and Cover Letters
- *Endorsement Expectations
- Presenting Your Work
- *Behavioral Interviewing and STAR Stories
- Offers, Negotiations, and NDAs
- Introduction to Careers during Labs and CS, Job Search Strategy
1. Introduction to Careers and the Tech Industry
- I’m using this blog post to start setting my weekly career goals. I’ll keep the goals SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
- My goal is to earn a 100%-remote, salaried position with a single company/organization to which I can confidently dedicate my career for the next (20+) years of my life. I have the passion, the experience, the education, and the intelligence to successfully lead (or join) a team of 100%-remote individuals who are in regular communication with one another to achieve mutual goals. I believe in the RemoteOnly.org manifesto for working remotely. Having launched several startups myself, I am far more comfortable with working in an environment that is small/mid-sized and casual (but still professional). I have more fun in a position that I wear more than one hat, especially considering my skillsets are complimentary to one another and multi-faceted. I want to help take a small company to a more global-scale. I want to be a part of an organization (most likely a non-profit) that is working to directly promote a brighter future for humanity. As an anti-example, I would not want to work for Salesforce — sure, they sell a great product, but I do not want to be in the market of creating products to help sell other products/services.
- I’ve joined #career_help to get career tips from peers and to be in the know about Career Coach-led office hours.
- I’ve submitted my assignment to my TL by 5pm on Friday, October 11th 2019.
2. Financial Planning and Knowing Your Worth
- Although I’ve had a handful of jobs, I’ve been self-employed for the majority of my professional career. My company was grossing ~$150k/year, so I was personally netting ~$50k/year. However, the rate of income was up-and-down, inconsistent, and unstable. For budgetary purposes, I’m deeply looking forward to the time in my life when I know I won’t earn any less than x-dollars per month.
- Thankfully, after selling my company, Mom and Dad allowed me to move in with them to their new home in the mountains. This time in my life may not necessarily be the most exciting, but it is exciting that this is an opportunity to begin anew: I’m currently twenty-six years old, so life may be zipping by, but I’ll have an awesome, 100%-remote career before I’m thirty! It’s an opportunity to rebuild my programming education and to earn a career in the industry that’s always been most appealing: technology. Additionally, after completing Lambda’s Data Science curriculum and landing a 100%-remote career position, my parents have encouraged me to stay for another year or two — so as to save up a lump sum of cash in the bank in order to re-begin my independent life of adventure.
- Prior to Lambda School, my skills, talents, experiences, and abilities were easily worth a bare minimum of $50k/year (please see resume/CV). With Lambda School behind me, upon completion of the curriculum, I’m looking forward to ~$60k/year as a junior data scientist. However, based on job searches in the Data Science industry, and with my diligent work ethic, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was granted a raise to over $100k/year within my first 2-3 years as a Data Scientist. Plus, I’m striving to specialize in Neural Networks, which seems to result in higher compensations.
- What am I going to do with the money (that’ll be saved up) and the 100%-remote career? Buy a Catamaran Sailboat and travel, beginning with the perimeter of North/Central America, which is a large reason why a 100%-remote career is mandatory for me.
3. Team Dynamics and Feedback
4. *Portfolio and Artifacts
- Here’s my LinkedIn profile.
6. *Social Media in Tech
- I’ve cleaned up my Twitter account, privatized my Instagram account, and my Facebook has always been “clean.”
8. *Sharing Your Story
9. *Resumes and Cover Letters
Data Engineer/Scientist’s Tech Stack (contents of this list have been aggregated from 100%-remote Data Engineer/Scientist job posts) —
- Python and Apache Airflow for ETL pipelines
- PostgreSQL database and S3 data lake in AWS RDS
- BigQuery analytics data
- Looker BI tool
10. *Endorsement Expectations
11. Presenting Your Work
12. *Behavioral Interviewing and STAR Stories (required assignment)
13. Offers, Negotiations, and NDAs
14. Introduction to Careers during Labs and CS, Job Search Strategy
Here is a list of small, remote-friendly companies/organizations with which I would love to dedicate my career: