WiAC ’12: Panel / Strategies for a Successful Career in Computing

Hey! I was at the USENIX Women in Advanced Computing 2012 Summit earlier this week and am blogging the talks from it. You can view more of my posts about this conference under the wiac12 category on this blog. Panel: Strategies for a Successful Career in Computing Moderator: Rikki Endsley – community manager for USENIX Panelists: Jennifer Ash-Poole, AdNet Systems/NASA GSFC Jessica McKellar, Project Lead, Ksplice Group, Oracle Sherry Moore, Software Engineer, Google Margo Seltzer, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Rikki: Once you’ve been in a field for a while, you get bits of wisdom along the way. What do you wish you’d known then that you know now? What advice would you want to give yourself back then? Sherry: I think as a female engineer, one thing I definitely wish I’d known is to market yourself. There are many ways to market yourself that aren’t just about going to presentations, to your boss, or to your upper manager. If you want to be well-respected among other engineers, especially as the only female, you should tell the people around you about the hard problems you’ve been solving. Do this at lunchtime, in the hallway – but say it …