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26: Practice Mindfulness to Adapt Quickly in Rapidly Changing Tech Environments (Nitya Shekar – Learning and Development Manager, AppNexus)

One of the most dynamic aspects of the tech industry is the regular shift in organizational structure, priorities, and/or teams that occur as the business positions itself to best accomplish it’s objectives and meet market demands.

Navigating all of that change from both a personal and professional standpoint can be difficult to say the least. Today’s featured Empjoyee, Nitya Shekar, sheds some light on how she’s been able to incorporate a daily practice of mindfulness to stay centered and adapt amidst a world of ambiguity and change.

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25: Moving Past No’s to Reach your Objective (Claudio Vallejo – Product Designer, Managed by Q)

Let’s be real, rejection isn’t pleasant. Often times, just the prospect of facing rejection is enough for us not to take action at all! But as high-performer coach Rich Litvin says “No isn’t the destination, but it is the path”.

Lucky for us, our featured Empjoyee Claudio Vallejo followed the path of No’s to land him in a type of role where he’s able to solve the types of problems that excite him through product design. Find out more about his journey, his outlook on design, and his suggestions on moving past rejection to get what you really want in life and work.

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24: Volunteer with Non-profits to Build your Portfolio and Impact (Beth Awalt – Communications and Social Media Coordinator)

It’s tempting to construct and fall into a trap of feeling that you need to get a job in a space before you can actually start building your skills in it. We tell ourselves that we need “someone to take a chance” on us, so we can then build the skills to do the job. But we’re Empjoyees and we recognize that it starts with “us” taking a chance on ourselves. Believing enough in our skills or the development of them such that we can add value to the world now, without waiting on permission or a paycheck to make that happen.

That’s how Beth Awalt, our featured Empjoyee made her transition into the tech industry. By the time Beth was ready to find empjoyment through tech doing communications and social media, she had already organized a national campaign on a social media channel with tens of thousands of followers… through her volunteer efforts in her spare time. Beth takes the time to walk us through how you can also gain meaningful experience contributing to causes that you’re passionate about today.

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23: Stand Taller with Technology and Purpose to Create Value you Believe in (Matt Plaks – Product Outreach, Temboo)

Join us as Matt Plaks shares how you and others like you can start getting involved now with opportunities in the growing space of the “internet of things”. From a personal and professional development standpoint, you’ll also gain strong insight into carrying out each day with purpose even when the opportunities may not seem to exist in your current role.

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21: Implement Organized Plans to Get your Next Role in Tech (Eugene Nam – Product Manager, Venuebook)

Do you have to get lucky to get a role role in tech? What if you could create a plan to get from your current job to your next career opportunity in tech and implement it at a pace that you’ve set for yourself, over a time-frame that feels comfortable for you? How would it feel to give your current employer a month’s notice before moving to your next role.

Eugene Nam, today’s featured Empjoyee, shows us a way to navigate our career transition and job changes with a sense of security and organization. In doing so, Eugene highlights ways to minimize a feeling of risk involved with changing paths from a professional, personal, and financial perspective.


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