Grace Hopper Annual Conference Schedule

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Student Opportunity Lab

October 14 10:30 am-1:00 pm
Hall A3 Level Three GRBCC
TRACK: Career
Presentation / Lightning Talk
Student Opportunity Lab
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Are you:
a) Searching for a job in industry, academia or government?
b) Looking for an internship or research opportunity?
c) Thinking about continuing your studies?
d) Exploring career options?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the interactive Student Opportunity Lab (SOL) might be just the session for you. We will have around 30 mentors and speakers at each SOL session holding brief sessions at their own tables. Navigate your own path to the tables featuring topics that interest you most.

Find our SOL speaker list at our website here: http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/conference-overview/student-opportunity-lab-2015/

The Internship Decision: Finding the One For You
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

How, exactly, are you supposed to find an internship? What if you’re a freshman? What if you want to do research? What are you supposed to be doing besides enjoying the free food and coding? Panelists bring their experiences representing seven unique companies and university research to discuss how to find the perfect internship, and what they think you should be doing once you get there.

CRA-W: Is Graduate School for You?
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Is graduate school in computer science and engineering for you? What benefits do you get once you have a graduate degree? Come chat with students and professionals from industry and academia who will help you understand what it’s like to be in graduate school, and the options you’ll have when you finish. Bring your questions.

CRA-W: Masters or Ph.D.?
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Considering either a Masters or Ph.D.? Not sure about the difference? Come chat about the main differences in career options and in graduate studies between a Master's and Ph.D. degree. Topics include realistic goals and expectations for each degree and various strategies for deciding which degree to pursue. Bring your questions.

CRA-W: How to Be Successful Post-Bachelor’s?
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

You are well on your way to earning a bachelor’s degree (congratulations!). What’s next? Should you consider graduate school? Should you look for a full-time job? What are the pros and cons of these career decisions, and how can you set yourself up to be successful post-bachelor’s? Come chat with professionals about the type of doors that are open with a bachelor’s degree in computing. Bring your questions.

CRA-W: How to Successfully Apply to Graduate School?
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

How do you choose the right graduate school for you? Is there anything you can do during college to improve your chances of being admitted? How do you apply? What is the time line for completing the application process? What are the best kinds of recommendations? How can you fund graduate school? Come talk with graduate students, professors, and professionals in industry about how to apply successfully to graduate school.

CRA-W: What is Computing Research? How Can Undergraduates Participate?
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Interested in computer science research, but not sure what research is? We will talk about the world of research, to help you decide if it's for you. We will also describe the different ways you can obtain a research experience during your undergraduate career, and the doors that these experiences will help open. Bring your questions.

CRA-W: Undergraduate Research Experiences
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Interested in computer science research, but not sure what research is? We will talk about the world of research, to help you decide if it's for you. We will also describe the different ways you can obtain a research experience during your undergraduate career, and the doors that these experiences will help open. Bring your questions.

Explore Your Options: Creating Your Best Career Path
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The technology industry is full of opportunities beyond traditional development roles. These roles suit diverse interests and backgrounds. This panel is for anyone curious about other careers in technology. We will showcase women who have created their own paths in tech; each panelist will discuss where she came from, how she moved into her current role, what she loves about her job(s), and how others can get there too.

How to change the world through entrepreneurship
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether for-profit or non-profit, social entrepreneurs can make a profit while creating real social and/or environmental change. In this session we’ll discuss opportunities available to entrepreneurs wanting to change the world.

We'll uncover resources for bootstrapping and seed funding, accelerators and incubators, incorporation models (for profit, non-profit, hybrid, coop, benefit corp, B Corp), building your team, developing your business model, creating a social impact model, and finding impact investors.

Mastering the Technical Interview
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: Students

Technical interviewing is a skill anyone can hone. Mastering interview skills is easier with the right tools, techniques, and practice. This presentation provides an overview of the goals of the technical interview and the best techniques to prepare for one. The preparation methods presented will help you deliver a strong impression that can help you land an internship or full-time position.

Fame, Fortune and Fun: Advancing your Career through Academic Competition
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Participation in academic research challenges provide career benefits to students: opportunities to promote your work, showcase skills to potential employers or research collaborators, demonstrate leadership skills, and network with experts. The speaker will discuss lessons learned and answer student questions based on her personal experience working with the annual Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Challenge, from the perspectives of a Challenge participant and member of the organizing committee.

Finding the Internship for You
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

“What are you looking for an internship in?” It sounds innocuous, but it’s a complex question to answer, and one that many educational programs don’t prepare you for. Knowing your answer will enable great feats of networking as the people you meet recall the one or two contacts they absolutely should introduce you to and you’re prepared with the right questions to ask interviewers.

Five Tips on Navigating Internship Landscape in Computer Science
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: Students

The theme of the talk is to provide ideas for landing and excelling on a technical interview for an internship position in computer science (CS). The talk will present tips on a range of topics including how to reach out to an employer and get noticed, how to prepare for the interviews and some post-interview ideas.

Crushing Your First 3 Months in Tech
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: Students

The first three months in a new technical position are critical to your success and immersion into your company's culture and work environment. This talk will focus on the most effective ways to make a splash once you've already landed that great job or internship. Aside from showing up and doing the work, seize the opportunity to make connections and really get your career rolling in those first 90 days!

Navigating Around Career Roadblocks – Experiences Over Four Decades
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Roadblocks come from inside yourself, from circumstances in your career and from unconscious biases of those around you. All can be overcome. Three lessons from my experiences are illustrated with real-life examples:

• Don’t limit yourself

• Embrace failure

• Ask for what you want

How to Choose the Right Internship
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Internships are an incredibly useful way to get a glimpse of what a full-time job is like, learn about a company, and shape your future career path. But how do you decide which companies to apply to? What should you consider when evaluating different internships?

Transitioning into the Work World
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

It is a big change from school to real world. We mostly want to share our transition experience and answer these questions:
- How should I prepare for the "real world" before I graduate from school?
- Will I be able to sustain my enthusiasm and passion for learning?
- How do I connect with my teammates who are way older than me and have a lot more experience?

The Art of Networking
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: All

Building a strong network is essential to ones career success. Although this is intuitive, many overlook prime opportunities to do so. Understanding the benefits and creating a strategy that is purposeful can aid in driving your success in all aspects of both your professional and personal life.
Learn tips from Jackie’s own personal experiences throughout her 18 year career in IT.

Mentee/Mentor
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: All

More than anything else in your life, a good mentoring relationship can enable you to succeed and accomplish all of the goals that seem distant or impossible. You can have this type of relationship anytime in your life.

This paper looks at the origin of the concept, why you may want to consider entering such a relationship, and what some of the characteristics of good mentoring relationships are.

You++ [on paper] Turn your resume into a golden ticket
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The process of landing your dream job can sometimes be as mysterious as getting into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Whether you’re Violet Beauregarde or Veruca Salt, we’ll provide some tips and tricks that will help you showcase your unique background to get hired. By sharing some recruiter and engineering secret ingredients, we’ll help you to turn your resume into a golden ticket.

Startups vs. mid/large companies – the right fit for you.
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: Students

With exciting stuff being built by big and small companies, it’s hard to make a choice between the both. This talk will provide insights for making that decision. I will talk through my experiences working in a small startup of 25 people to working in a mid-size company. It is not one-size-fits-all solution. It depends on personal and career goals.

Everything you ever need to know about internships
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Internship is important for a student not only as an industrial experience on Resume but also a golden ticket to secure a job offer upon graduation, if excelled. We will share some insights from our four past internship experience: quality engineer, application developer in finance industry, software engineer, and program manager. We will address these questions: what is each role like, how to get each position and how to excel.

Test Your Life! Provide Quality Assurance for Your Future Career
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

This presentation talk will focus on using the software test life cycle steps and the necessary skills needed, to develop and understand your career aspirations. Some essential steps include research, developing a plan, executing tests and documenting results. Relative skills needed to be successful include organization, communication and analytical thinking. I will take the audience through the application of a test cycle to provide quality assurance for their future career.

The Dating Game: Knowing a Company is Right for You
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

In 2015, the number of open roles increased by 28% increasing the competitiveness for companies to find top tier talent. With so much competition it is easy to get caught up in the excitement. However, you owe it to yourself to take a step back and do your due diligence to remove unnecessary risk before accepting, and this presentation focuses on the strategy necessary to help you do so.

How to Prepare for your first Technical Interview
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

A successful interview begins way before a candidate
steps through a company’s doors. As a student, your
first technical interviews (whether it’s for an internship
or a full-time position) can be very nerve-racking and
overwhelming. However, there is a lot a student can
do before an interview to be prepared.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Navigating Your Career Path
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
AUDIENCE: Early Career

Some folks always knew what their career would be, but many develop their stories along the way. Taking steps, sometimes leaps, can be intimidating. Hear unique stories from women technologists who have made big career decisions to fulfill their aspirations. Whether seeking a role non-traditionally held by someone with your background or transitioning to a different role to diversify your experience, confidence comes with choosing your own career adventure.

How to Work in Silicon Valley (Without Actually Living There)
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Want to work in the Silicon Valley without actually living there? We do!

Luckily, advances in technology and workplace flexibility make it possible to take advantage of the Bay Area tech explosion without uprooting your life.

In this lab, we’d like to encourage students to think about job opportunities beyond where they reside, and consider whether alternative working arrangements would help them follow their dream career path.