did you want to move up and stop coding
/what does the higher level do
Will these slides be made available to us after the Zoom session?
Do you have any advice on how to start as a Deep Learning Engineer (entry level) for a new Columbia Computer Science B.A. grad? Do you recommend taking online Deep Learning certification? Thanks!
What are your thoughts on switching companies within one year after a promotion?
Other than executive level, what would you say is the highest paid role in the tech industry?
How do you know you’re ready to go from SWE to senior software engineer? How can you prepare for the role?
do you see a lot of your peers switching over to finance?or vice versa?
When you say it's easier to transfer into one of those PM/designer roles than into software engineering, why is that? E.g. if I transition to PM and I want to be an engineer 5-10 years later, can you help me understand why is it going to be hard?
what made you decide to do the masters at Columbia and looking back was it worthwhile
How would one get into Machine Learning? Do you need a masters/phd?
did you do them back to back?
what does a day in the life of a SWE look like. do you code all day? does your brain hurt? Is it intimating or stressful to produce / what happens if you can’t figure out a bug
What made you want to do SWE over quant stuff?
With a CS masters, do you find that you have better career opportunities than someone who just took a bootcamp, even if it were a good boot camp like Hack Reactor?
What school (other than Columbia) would you recommend for a Master’s Degree specializing in Deep Learning?
How willing are companies willing to hire junior engineers (1-2 years after grad) when you have experience? At how many years of experience should you stop relying on your potential ability vs present ability?
^ Can you talk a little about your D.E. Shaw experience & compare it to your SWE experiences?
How did you pitch yourself when you were trying to get on to the dropbox core sync project?
I'm an older GS student who spent a lot of time in the military, early 30's. Should I be concerned about ageism in the industry?
How do you recommend we improve our people skills in the context of engineering while still in school?
What would you recommend to best position ourselves for finch positions, even while still in school?
What do you think about doing a Master's while working?
I’ve heard that it’s easier to get credibility by having years of technical experience before becoming a PM, but this sounds similar to what a manager for software has - whats the difference between being at a manager level for engineering vs. what a PM does/level of experience they would need?
What do you think about title inflation at companies and how you should position yourself based on company for future trajectory?
if a mistake is made, how do you rebound / gain back trust again?
I have been working full-time while getting my bachelor’s in Computer Science at GS. I just graduated in May. My work in non-tech related. Should I completely remove my full-time non-tech work experience from my resume?
My work is* non-tech related.
I know you mentioned credentialism is not that significant (i.e. getting the MS), however, for women and POCs things are different. How would you recommend striking that balance (when is it worth it)? How much different is the BS/MS in terms of that starts the beginning of your career?
When companies promise you the annual stock amount when you join, are the number of stocks you get= amount/ (price at time of joining) or is it based on the stock’s year by year price
How can I secure an internship if I have no prior experience in the industry? I'm a GS student, with only military background.
Is there a safe way to assess how much SHOULD a Public listed Company be paying its employees? And should one choose to be paid in "options" versus in "stock"
Any classes you recommend that you have found helpful in your career?
given that startups are high risk, is it ok to be working on a startup at the side while being full time at another?
How many times did you interview at Stripe, and FANG companies? Curious to hear about failures
Would you be willing to speak on your own timeline of promotions?
If you have a good degree but not in a technical field (e.g. Bachelors in Economics from Columbia) do you still recommend a masters in CS to get into engineering or do you think a bootcamp could get you to the same place?
what performance in interviews made you successful
time answering questions optimal solution
will companies black ball you if you do a bad job
Have you seen cases where management has denied pay increase or promotion on the basis of not having a Masters Degree, or a PhD?
Could having a startup (if you built most of the tech stack)on your resume be viewed negatively by employers? (Perhaps viewed as a flight risk?)
is it better to be proactive about mentioning the concept of promotion or should you trust that ur manager will see your work and promote when they see fit
How does a company evaluate your leadership skills? Is there a metric that they use? (especially for promotions) Do companies usually hire externally for these higher level positions or do they prefer their own employees?
how do you know that a company has good technical teams to learn from
you mentioned you speak to your management chain - is it advised to talk about your projects/impacts to higher leaders other than your own manager?
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Do recruiters tend to look on deep-level research projects as or more favourably than internship experience for entry level jobs?
Opinions on full stack vs backend?
is there a recruitment timeline when seeking jobs after graduation?
Any specific tips for machine learning engineer positions off the top of your head?
Does the cybersecurity industry have similar compensation to that of the traditional SWE field?
how long without a job are you a new grad
How is an Internship experience at a start up initiative(Team of about 7 ppl) be viewed differently on your resume compared to a larger startup
Thank you so much for your time Robert!
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Thank you Robert
Thanks so much, Robert!
This was great, thanks!
Max David Gupta
Thanks Robert !
Thank you, Robert! Supee useful
Antonio Simoes Piltcher
Thank you Robert!!
This was really great
I learned so much
Thank you Robert
You're very perceptive and have amazing communication
Thanks! Super helpful
Is this talk recorded?