A few days ago, a college student asked me if there is anything I wish I learned sooner in my career. I thought I’d share my answer here too! 🙂
- I am solely responsible for my career. I need to keep learning and looking for new growth opportunities. Sometimes take new responsibilities opportunistically.
- I need to be able to look at myself in the mirror. That means empathy, inclusion, honesty, and integrity.
- Everyone will go through ups and downs at some point, so cut some slack. I will need it too.
- I don’t need to know/understand everything. While that is valuable, it is impossible. I need to let go and trust others to fill the gap.
- Be skeptical with higher-ups (especially the executives). If the upside (say, the company is getting sold) is big enough, they will screw me.
- My network matters. I am not good at expanding, let alone maintaining it. But my few connections already have opened up opportunities (including Netflix).
- Any feedback is powerful. But a positive, specific, actionable feedback is far more powerful because all top performers are different.
Software Engineering ⚙️
I just found out about this release from two weeks ago. I am excited by this news since npm will soon support monorepos. I am using yarn for them at work, but don’t want to upgrade to yarn 2 since it has departed radically from the package.json format I am used to.
How Google Cloud treats its customers makes me look back at how I am served by and serve other teams and platforms. The customer-oriented mindset that Amazon is famous for applies to my work, too— whether I am serving external or internal customers.
What’s a reference in Rust? – Julia Evans
Our remote work future is going to suck – Sean Blanda
A lot of us in the Silicon Valley buy that remote working is a good thing. However, if your company figures that an engineer in South Korea can do 80% of your job for 30-50% of your Silicon Valley (or in remote companies, Tier 1) salary, will it still employ you? I am not sure about mine.
I do believe that the remote work will provide opportunities for people outside the Valley. But under the current system, it will just pit every worker against another on a global scale.
Pinterest cancels huge SF office lease in unbuilt project, citing work-from-home shift – San Francisco Chronicle
Many people talked about how work from home will upend Silicon Valley’s commercial real estate. This announcement reads like the beginning of the upending.
Open letter to Australians – Google
Australians proposed a rule “to allow news media businesses to bargain individually or collectively with Google and Facebook over payment for the inclusion of news on their services” along with several other restrictions over the search and recommendation algorithms. I am not sure how this will pan out. Won’t Google and Facebook just cut mainstream news and surface more fringe media?