Be a Compassionate Mercenary - a README.TXT for your career
Short talk - in English
Some lessons are not taught in schools: how to do good work with good people, how to get compensated fairly for your work, and how to be a decent human being while doing so.
I will try to help you save lots of time and suffering — by giving you a head start on hard lessons that many of us techies only learn after a decade or two in the trenches.
We will touch on N=RAND(100) number of life lessons and career advice for software professionals, likely including:
- Why empathy and compassion pays off
- The tradeoffs of working in startups
- Why the corporation is neither your friend nor your family
- Personal integrity and setting limits
- Compensation negotation 101
- What you should learn from salespeople, marketers and designers
- Giving back/passing it forward
This talk is directed to both junior developers as well as (perhaps even especially?) older professionals who are mentoring junior colleagues.
Non-developers are also very welcome: I am a developer, but most of the points apply equally well to other industry professionals: this is not a technical talk.