I am a Developer Advocate at Orbit, where I help to make sure that our tools and resources are serving the needs of the developer community.
I am also a second career developer and previously spent nearly a decade working in the fields of public service, community organizing, and adult education. During my previous career, I was published in places such as Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The Denver Post, and other publications. I am a native Californian who spent a long time living in NYC and now reside near Tel Aviv in Israel.
Being early in your career always presents unique challenges, while being early in your second career later in life has its own particular issues to grapple with. The typical pipeline for the software industry does not fit the paradigm of an older career changer, and their presence can often throw the system for a loop.
In this talk, we will cover practical steps for navigating specific challenges related to hiring and being hired as a second-career dev. If approached with intention and thoughtfulness, the benefits can be immense for all involved.
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