General Career - Question How do you know if you have become stagnated in your career? General Career - Answer Stagnation can take many forms in the context of one’s career. Every professional focused on career development eventually outgrows their present ‘job title,’ salary, and thought process relating to meaningful work. Once you feel like your work is no longer significant, this is the first indication that your career path has stagnated. The process of overcoming stagnation will require you to step outside of your comfort zone. Many professionals remain stagnated because they fail to choose between the pressure to change and the desire for predictability. Women in Tech - Question What advice would you give younger women who want to embark on a career in technology? Women in Tech - Answer If you are passionate about a career in technology, pursue it unapologetically. As women become comfortable with expressing themselves in this arena, the process of chipping away at this male-dominated environment continues. Continually educating yourself on new concepts, languages, and applications will align you with the top professionals in your technological field of choice. Remember, you are the purveyor of your future and the leader of the ‘ship’ known as your career. Technology Sector - Question What is the best way to enter the technology sector without a degree? Technology Sector - Answer You do not have to earn a degree to ‘do the work.’ There are countless resources available for free regardless of your technological path. Universities offer open-courseware and there endless certifications that align with the most cutting-edge career routes. Most importantly, proof of concept is more important to employers than a degree, certificate, or anything that a learning institution certifies. Creating projects, applications, and software as a self-education process will appeal to employers more than someone who may be operating with outdated information. Interviews - Question How can I receive feedback on my interviews if I am not accepted for a position? Interviews - Answer Follow-Up! If you have not heard from an interviewer after an unsuccessful interview, reach out (respectfully) and ask for constructive feedback. Interviewers possess underrated value and will generally appreciate you taking the time to reflect on this process. While you are actually in the interview, you can observe the interviewer’s body language to determine (to an extent) how receptive they are to the presentation of yourself. Interviews - Question What are particularly unacceptable mannerisms that lead to failed interviews? Interviews - Answer An overbearing or underwhelming handshake is the fastest way to begin an interview unsuccessfully. Since an interview is an opportunity to sell yourself, enjoy it! Even if you are not the type of person, who wants to speak about yourself, use facial expressions and hand gestures to augment your performance. There are limited interviews, so if you are not pleasant to be around in these instances, an interviewer will assume this is what it will be like to work with you.