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Lessons Learned from My Early Career. Brenda Liu brenda.h.liu@intel.com. Background. B.S. EECS, UC Berkeley, class of 2000. M.S. ECE, Carnegie Mellon University, class of 2001. Design engineer, technical lead, program manager, engineering manager, Intel. 2002 – current. Lessons Learned.

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lessons learned from my early career

Lessons Learned from My Early Career

Brenda Liu

brenda.h.liu@intel.com

background
Background
  • B.S. EECS, UC Berkeley, class of 2000.
  • M.S. ECE, Carnegie Mellon University, class of 2001.
  • Design engineer, technical lead, program manager, engineering manager, Intel. 2002 – current.
first job rotation engineer
First Job – Rotation Engineer
  • Rotate through 3 business groups in first year after school
  • Logic design in desktop market, board design in mobile market, product marketing in network processors
  • Learn new skills, understand the business, ramp up quickly, grow your network
  • Highly recommended! Look for this program wherever you apply for job
latest job engr manager
Latest Job – Engr Manager
  • A company-wide reorganization created a manager-shaped hole in my team
  • 2nd level manager asked 6pm Thurs
  • Quick self-assessment and consulting with colleagues
  • Took the job 12pm Fri
  • Always be ready, have a network of trusted friends, let people know what you want
outside of work
Outside of Work
  • Led volunteers in Women at Intel Network employee group
  • Started annual conference, clothing drive, external networking events
  • Very fulfilling experience, creates close bonds with the team, learned how to influence without authority
  • Don’t let “but it’s never been done before!” stop you!
really outside of work
(Really) Outside of Work
  • Got married April 2005 
  • Helped mother fight against cancer 2006 
  • Take time off, take care of yourself and your family, don’t schedule your life around your work
resumes
Resumes
  • Be ready to talk about any item
  • Be ready to back up any item
  • Spell check, grammar check, have multiple friends check for you
interviews
Interviews
  • Talk through your thinking process
    • Listen to what your interviewer says to you!
  • Remember to breathe and keep your nerves in check
    • Show your personality!
internships new job
Internships / New Job
  • Show initiative to solve problems, results matter!
  • Make yourself useful
  • Learn how to prioritize