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Notes from the Grace Hopper Celebration 2011: Information, Job Opportunities, and Career Paths. Gokcen Cilingir 12/02/2011. Who is Grace Hopper?. A ship at port is safe, but that’s not what a ship was built for. Grace Hopper. Grace Hopper

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notes from the grace hopper celebration 2011 information job opportunities and career paths

Notes from the Grace Hopper Celebration 2011: Information, Job Opportunities, and Career Paths

Gokcen Cilingir

12/02/2011

who is grace hopper
Who is Grace Hopper?

A ship at port is safe, but that’s not what a ship was built for.

Grace Hopper

  • Grace Hopper
  • developed the first compiler for a computer programming language in 1940s
  • conceived the idea of machine-independent programming languages -> COBOL
  • popularized the term "debugging" (motivated by an actual bug removed from the computer)
grace hopper celebration ghc
Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC)
  • Presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • The world’s largest gathering of women in computing in industry and academia.
ghc 2011
GHC 2011
  • Gathered about 3000 technical women in Portland.
  • Included new investigator research forums, PhD forums, career development sessions/panels, technical speeches, poster sessions.
  • You can read session notes from their wiki page.
career fair highlights
Career fair highlights
  • About 100 employers from industry, research labs, and academia.
  • Lots of internship/job opportunities, check out this job booklet for more information.
    • Some attendees of the career fair:
      • Adobe, Amazon, Expedia, Facebook, Google, HP Labs, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle Corporation, Twitter, Yahoo, Thomson Reuters,…
      • GE Global Research, Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. (PARC), Advanced Technology Labs (ATL) of Adobe, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, A2Z Research and Development,…
rest of the talk
Rest of the talk…
  • “PhD says something about you beyond the particulars of your research”
  • A scientific perspective to job search
phd says something about you beyond the particulars of your research
PhD says something about you beyond the particulars of your research !
  • It is important to know/to be reminded of what you’ll bring to the table having a PhD.
  • Why?
      • You can make sure you are gaining the skills you’re expected to possess
      • Knowing your strengths shapes the way you present yourself
      • You’ll gain most out of the activities you’re performing, having an “active” state of mind.
skills that you learn in grad school
Skills that you learn in grad school
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to identify problems and being able to go deep into solving them
  • Ability to step back from the depth and detail and show how your solution affects the big picture
  • Communication skills- with people in and out of your discipline.
  • Time management skills for managing multiple tasks simultaneously
why hire a phd
Why hire a PhD?

“PhDs become translators between academics and engineers, they built the bridge between cutting edge research and products.”

“Critical and analytical thinking about problems can be a hard quality to find in product development work, which PhDs consistently demonstrate.”

“PhDs can simplify complex things into something that business/product units can understand and work with”

Dr. Monica Martinez-Canales,

Principal Engineer at Intel

job search is a complex process
Job search is a complex process

“As a scientist, you are used to tackling complex

problems in a systematic way. Finding a job is a

complex process requiring a serious commitment of

time and smarts.”

  • Find out what’s out there.
      • Read job ads, career articles
  • Find out what you want to do
      • Talk with people, request ‘informational interviews’, do internships
what is out there
What is out there?
  • How to find jobs in science/ research/ academia:
      • Your network
      • Career & Job Center of ACM
      • CRA Job announcements
      • International (UK-based)
can you go back and forth between academia and industry
Can you go back and forth between academia and industry?
  • YES, but you need to play by the rules.
  • If you stay too long in industry, it is hard to get back into academia
      • Remedy: Keep reading papers and keep publishing
  • If you stay too long in academia, it is hard to get back into industry
      • Remedy: Stay up to date on the current climate in industry, keep your technical skills fresh
some facts about job search
Some facts about job search
  • Expect to send out at least 10 applications to get an interview
  • Start building your professional network early, company referrals ease your way into an interview
  • There are so many factors out of your control, so start your search early, be persistent
some tips for increasing your visibility credibility
Some tips for increasing your visibility/credibility
  • Keep your web presence up-to-date
    • Make a personal web page
    • Open a technical blog
    • Prepare a Linked-in profile
  • Participate in open-source projects
  • Check out github – social coding(!)
interview the company
Interview the company
  • Asking no questions may kill your interview.
  • Asking insightful questions demonstrate your critical thinking abilities
    • A Principal Engineer at Intel explained how she gives her decisions largely based on the questions one asks
highlights of technical talks
Highlights of technical talks
  • Anne Condon - Some How\'s and Why\'s of Programming DNA Molecules
  • Margareta Ackerman - Towards Theoretical Foundations of Clustering

(here is a talk on this work delivered by Shai Ben-David)

resources
Resources
  • CRA-W workshop slide archive
  • GHC wiki
  • Mastering Your Ph.D.: Preparing for Your Post-Ph.D. Career
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Thanks for listening!

  • Any questions or comments?
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