Traded in ancient wonders of the world and sweeping countryside for volcanic mountains and city skylines! 🗻🏙️ Feels so good to be home back in the nature I grew up in. Growing up I knew Washington was stunning, but never fully appreciated just how uniquely beautiful and diverse the state is. The more I travel I realize that WA nature combines so many different types of places - you can literally climb a mountain and then be on a golden sand beach within an hr (I know bc I've done it 😅) I feel absolutely spoilt to have endless mountains and lakes to explore and the kickass city of Seattle to have fun with my friends in. What's the nature like in your home?
Let's talk about Deadlines! 🏁 When I was at university, meeting the deadlines for my work was essential - a minute late submitting and you get 10% off and if you're more than a couple days late than you get 50% off. You had to meet the deadline or it felt almost pointless because you will have lost so much credit by the time you did finally submit it. When I first started working, I brought that mentality with me and really felt the pressure. 😣 I assumed every deadline was a hard deadline and missing one would be catastrophic for me and the team. However, that just wasn't the case (at least at my work)! Eventually I realized that everyone along the build shipping chain added in their own buffer for slips, so often the "real" deadline was actually a week or two in the future. 🗓 And on top of that, there can be flexibility in what needs to get shipped on the first pass. When you work in tech, you know that while you can do breakdowns and estimations to help inform your planning, the nature of software engineering 👩🏼💻 (particularly on innovative projects) is that you are going to run into unexpected challenges. Good engineers will use their experience to build in their own buffers💡during the planning stages to factor in unexpected challenges so that your estimations and the resulting timelines are more accurate. 🌟 Plus, it gives you the added bonus of showing up well if you deliver early. But in the case where you don't think you are going to hit your deadline, what should you do? 🗝️ This is key: speak to your PM with enough time to make a mitigation plan. 💬 That might mean pushing the deadline out or cutting aspects of the feature to get down to the true MVP you need for the deadline or bringing on more resource. 🚫 The worst thing you can do is get to the deadline and then say you aren't going to miss it. It's not the end of the world if you miss a deadline at work - it is better to work with your team, set expectations early, and ship something of quality 🚀 than overwork, overstress, and ship something buggy. 👉 What is it like at your work? 🌟 Follow and share for more from a Microsoft Software Engineer!
So I've started on project number 4️⃣ of the last year! This time I'll be developing in C++ WinRT which I've not done before, but I'm hoping to pull on my experience with C++ & C++/CX from back in my Paint 3D days when I was an intern in 2016 (how the time flies 👀). I never thought I'd have the opportunity to work on so many emerging projects 🚀 in such a short amount of time. I've gotten so much exposure to different system architectures and the chance to stretch my skills into a bunch of new languages and tech stacks! 👩🏼💻 All of this I know will serve me well going forward as I move up the engineering track. 👉 One of the biggest things that's stood out to me has been how pretty much all knowledge I've gained on languages and frameworks from past projects, whether that's personal or through Microsoft, has been directly useful for my success today 👈 My personal website development + my React learning week helped me when I worked on Edge by keeping my web dev skills up-to-date. My internship experience is helping me on this project ramp up quicker. Having a bit of breadth across technologies, even high level, has made me a lot more adaptable in the moment because I had a foundation to build my on-the-job learning from. 🌟 It's definitely inspired me to stay curious with my tech skills + create more personal projects. What are you building these days?
Who says your battle station can't be hot pink? 💖 I'm hoping to buy a flat next year (and say bye bye to renting 👋) and one of our key requirements is having at least 2 bedrooms so one can be turned into a game room 😂🎮 Since couch co-op games are so hard to come by these days we basically need to get two side-by-side Xbox setups 😅. Along with the two gaming/WFH PC setups we also want to have, we are going to need all the room we can get. Haha it's a little bit extravagant, but hey couples who game together, stay together! ❤️ I'm so excited to finally get a space that I can make my own without being afraid to do anything too permenant. Oh the renters struggle lol. 🌟 So I'm dreaming big for our next gaming space. Give me inspo - what should we add to our dream gaming room? 👈
Just a couple months ago we walked into Central London to try to catch the snow. Granted, we were too late and it had mostly melted by the time we got there 😅 but we had a blast exploring my favorite sites with the little snow that that was left over. It was strange walking around parts of London that would normally be absolutely packed with people, but instead were almost silent! Flash forward to the end of March and now we have beautiful blue skies and it's actually hot out!☀️Feels so strange to have made an entire loop around the sun while in this pandemic. It feels like it's been an eternity, but also like it went by in a blink of an eye. I find myself torn between wishing for time to speed ahead so I can return to normal + make changes in my life vs appreciating the moment + my current situation. Especially, with me being in the UK, it's always been the plan to move back to the USA at some point. When I started working in London, I fell in love with my life here so I stuck around much longer than I intended, but there is still that nagging feeling that I should be moving home for my career (the pay difference is substantial). I try not to think about it too much, but it feels like I've lost a year of being in the UK when I only have a few years to make the most of it. I have to remind myself to make the most of every day and feel at peace where I am now. Looking ahead is great and having that motivation certainly helps, but we shouldn't let it stop us from appreciating where we are now and the experiences that are unique to our current situation. I know that as soon as I go back to Seattle, I'm going to wonder why I'm not in London haha. What has the pandemic made you think about in your life?
What have you done to help somebody in your community or network recently? ⚡ I listened to a great talk this week as part of the @microsoft Fix. Hack. Learn. Hackathon on Leading Without Authority by @keithferrazzi who spoke about building a strong, purposeful network on the back of genuine relationships. 🤝 It really resonated with me because this is what I have experienced + benefitted from in my own life and one of the main things I shout about on this platform. When you're looking to build your network, Keith puts it well: "Reach out with generosity". 🤗 What can you give to them or help them with that is going to make them want to help you? If you're struggling for ideas on how to engage with your network, understanding the different networking roles can bring clarity to the avenues you can take. 👉 I talk all about building genuine, strategic networks + networking roles in my Career Kickstarter Guide! Get yours using the link in my bio 👈 Follow and share for more tech + career tips from a Microsoft engineer!
Are you looking for something to learn next? 💡 Here's the trick to make sure you are learning the right things that boost your career: Learn what the company and the role need! Whether you use this trick when you are starting in your tech journey to figure out what learning path to take OR when you are working in industry and want to expand your skillset. I talk a lot about early-in-careers, but let's focus closer later in the pipeline when you are looking to stand out + advance in your career. 👩🏼💻 A big part of advancing as an engineer is building your technical skill set, team reputation, and proactively solving problems. You want to have skills that make you an invaluable member of the team. To do that… … find the skill gaps and fill them! 🌟 👉 Pay attention to the movement on the team, the priorities of the leadership team, where the challenges are, and how you can improve the product or process with your skill set. If there is a gap on the team, that is a golden opportunity to grow into that area and start creating impact as an area expert. This is an approach myself and my mentors have used before and it works! 🎉 My XAML skills make me one of the experts on my team, learning React helped me deliver a new product quickly, and now I'm learning about Power Platforms so I can help my team with the data side of product development (plus, stay up to date with Microsoft tech). 🤔 So have a think, what could you learn next? Follow + share for more tech + career tips from a big tech engineer and career coach!
Wowowow!! This week has been crazy 🤩 So many milestones: I turned 25 (‼️), released my HerHelloWorld Career Kickstarter Guide that has already reached people across the world (get yours using the link in my bio 🌟), I reached 25k followers on IG, and surpassed my next goal of 200 HerHelloWorld Newsletter subscribers with nearly 240!! This week has been a culmination of a lot of work and a celebration of all the good that came with my last year in lockdown. While it wasn't anywhere near what I expected my 24th year to look like 😅, I managed to do things (like create this guide) that I just wouldn't have had time to do otherwise. So as I look ahead I have my fingers crossed 🤞 that this year brings fun, travels, and new ways to help make change. Honestly I'm just so grateful for everyone in my life. I had ZERO expectations for my 2nd birthday in lockdown (lol I was 23 when this all started), but the people around me made me feel so special and loved. 🥰 I was surprised with flowers 💐, this beautiful balloon garland 🎈 and, of course, these incredibly fitting 2️⃣5️⃣ balloons, and a call from my most favorite people from home 🏡 in Washington. It was such a special birthday and I'm so incredibly grateful to those in my life who are there to make me smile, support me through everything, and take the time to put this together for me. ❤️
📣The HERHELLOWORLD CAREER KICKSTARTER GUIDE is out NOW!! 🎉🙌 No more making moves in the dark - I've jam packed this 64 page guide with all the knowledge, insider tips, templates, and exercises you need to accelerate your career whatever stage you are in. Go check it out now (link in bio)! It's time to introduce strategy to your approach so you can maximize key intersections between your career + passions, grow your thought leadership + industry visibility, form + maintain valuable relationships, and ultimately reach your version of success. 🌟 👉 Don't just take my word for it - swipe to read a couple reviews! When I first started my journey into tech, I felt lost. I didn't know how to engage with the industry, make my mark, or combine what I love with my work. 👩💻 I've spent the last 6 years, speaking to industry experts, doing countless hours of research, and learning many many lessons (not always the easy way). My story is not unique - too many of us don't have enough guidance and support in our careers, especially in tech where the industry is vast, ever evolving, and comes with additional challenges for minority groups. This guide is here to change the game by DEMOCRATIZING tech + career coaching, so you can hit the ground running and start making your mark today! I've made it mega affordable (despite it being packed with golden knowledge), so anyone can afford it. 🎁 PLUSSSS, to live by the HerHelloWorld mission to make tech accessible + inclusive, 10% of all sales will be donated to organizations that empower + uplift people in marginalized communities. This quarter we are starting with @codeyourfuture_ who trains refugees and other disadvantaged people to become web developers and helps them find work in the tech industry. Go get your Career Kickstarter Guide today and be sure to tag me, so I can give all you amazing people who are being proactive and strategic with their careers a shoutout!
Behind the scenes of every website update, blog, newsletter, post, etc is a day like this tucked up in bed, yoga pants + t-shirt vibes, just getting sh*t done! It isn't always the most glamorous 😅, but really these are the days that I live for because I get to work on bringing my vision of HerHelloWorld to life. 👩🏼💻 Recently I’ve been laughing about how running HerHelloWorld means that I wear many hats (photographer, developer, copy writer, strategist, accounting etc.). When I set about making something new, like with every plan, I always start by planning backwards. I breakdown all the moving parts in a list and start with what is easiest and what can be done now to build up my momentum. 🏃♀️ Inevitably I’ll get a bit bored working on one item on the list, so I mix it up by working on a something else on the list. This way I am always making progress and maintaining my motivation throughout the process. 🚀 👉 Anyone can realize their dreams. The hardest part is to start; the rest is down to organization, self-motivation, and tenacity! 🌟 Follow and share for more tech + career tips from a big tech engineer and coach!
So you want to work on product development at Microsoft? 👩🏼💻 Pt 3 | PROFESSIONAL SKILLS 🗨 Cross-discipline communication - Products are created by lots of disciplines combining their strengths to create one cohesive, beautiful product. Each discipline has a way they work best and specific language they use. Familiarize yourself with their roles, tools, and even basic discipline-specific knowledge so you can maximize your interactions. 🕒 Time estimation - Feature breakdowns and estimations are the backbone of good planning. This skill is developed over time as you get better understanding of how long you and certain tasks take. My rule of thumb is to always overestimate as you will likely run into unexpected challenges or other things that take up your time. This way if it slips your expectations, you are still on time and if it goes well then you impress by delivering early. 🤝 Mentoring + technical support - You will lean on others just as others lean on you. Building up your mentoring skills and ability to provide technical help to others (even if you don't immediately know the issue) will serve you well in the short and long term as it grows your team reputation and becomes increasingly central to your role as you reach higher levels. 😜 Adaptability - Things change and sometimes they can change really quickly. You will have to adapt to requests coming from the Leadership Team, change of prioritization of deliverables/bugs, and even change of project. I was hired by my London team to work on Paint 3D, when I joined we had switched to Cortana, 6 months ago I was working on Edge, and now I am working on another project. 🧠 Industry awareness - Less of a skill, but a useful trait regardless. You want to stay up to date with the latest changes internally (ie. What teams have similar agendas), externally (ie. What are our competitors doing?), and technology shifts (ie. Where is the tech going and what future opportunities are there to take advantage of?) 👉 Have your say in part 4 - What else would you like to know about product development at Microsoft? 🌟 Follow and share for more tech + career tips from a big tech engineer!
Hey, all you beautiful people! 👋 What's your plans for the weekend? I really want to wrap up my guide this weekend in time to ship in March 🙌 I've doing bits and bobs in the evenings, but the big progress boosts come over the weekends. While I hate lockdown and this pandemic, weirdly it's unlocked time to get to do things that I never would have managed to do. I have nothing else to do on the weekends but make my digital dreams become a reality! So I find myself thankful and using the silver linings of this solitary time to help me thrive for when we are released again into the big wide world. ❤️ . . . . . . . . . #herhelloworld #womeninstem #girlswhocode #smallbusiness #femalehustlers #digitalcreator #silverlinings #digitalmarketing #smallbusinessuk #femaleentrepreneur #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #microsoftlife #londonblogger #techblogger
So you want to work on product development at Microsoft? 👩🏼💻 Pt 2 | TOOLS + RESOURCES ☁️ Fiddler - Most developers will want to use Fiddler (or similar tool) at some point. Fiddler is a tool that captures web requests on your computer and allows you to inspect the request and response. It is SUPER useful to figure out what is going on with various requests (eg. API calls), share requests with other devs, and mock calls for testing. ⌨️ Git bash + Powershell - Becoming familiar with using the command line is such a powerful skill. You'll gain these skills by just having to do every day things, but pushing yourself to use them regularly and learn what's happening "under the hood" (especially if they make you a bit nervous like they use to for me) will make you feel confident and able to handle more tricky situations, like complicated git things. 🗂️ UWP and XAML Docs - These are actually pretty decent and I find myself referring to them fairly regularly to learn about specific behaviors, properties, and tricky edge cases. This is a good place to start making your first UWP project. ⚙️ Windows Community Toolkit + XAML Controls Gallery - These are a collection of the different XAML UI elements. You can search for specific elements, test them out, modify properties, and copy code. This is a good place to start if you don't know what elements you might need. 💡Accessibility Insights - You have to meet certain accessibility standards to ship in Windows. As an employee, there are accessibility testers who will help you find the more complicated accessibility bugs, but there are many you can catch with just basics tests and tools, including this one. See my Accessibility 101 Reel for a step-by-step guide on testing accessibility in Windows. Stay tuned for Pt 3 where I'll cover the professional skills you need! Let me know what else you want to know in the comments 👇 🌟 Follow and share for more tech + career tips from a big tech software engineer! . . . . . . . . . . #herhelloworld #womenintech #girlswhocode #girlpower #womeninstem #girlboss #womenempowerment #windows #a11y #microsoft #microsoftlife #london #siliconvalley #techresources
Let's celebrate our little wins and happy moments! 🌞 Share yours for this week in the comments 👇 We need an injection of positivity now more than ever. Here are my wins + happy moments this week: 🐞 Fixed 2 bugs (and a 3rd on the way) 📱 Spoke to my Mum on the phone ❤️ 🛏 Ordered a new bed (paid for by my landlord woo!) and a few others things for the flat 👩🏼💻 Caught up with my original tech CS gal pals over video 🤝 Passed on some collaboration opportunities over to my friends 🐈⬛ Watched some videos of my cat Ted (he is turning 19 in April) sent by my Mum 🎤 Was briefed about an upcoming speaking gig for IWD (stay tuned!) 📺 Finished watching The Office and Malcom in the Middle 🚀 Found out my friend got a promotion 💃Took a voguing class ✈ Got more good news about my BFFs possible move from the USA to the UK this year Writing these reminders down was quite therapeutic and grounded me in what is valuable to me: my family and friends, this community, making cool tech, and enjoying the moments that I have on this planet. Keep your values close - they are what make all the work worth it and bring purpose to your life. . . . . . . #herhelloworld #womenintech #girlswhocode #girlpower #littlewins #mentalhealthmatters #motivation #wellness #positivity #techblogger #london #seattle #femalehustlers #femaleactivist #womenleaders #ilooklikeanengineer #steminist
Happy International Day of Women + Girls in Science!! 👩🏼💻 Today is a day to celebrate all those who came before us who fought against oppression and the patriarchy so we can live out their dreams for the future. 🌟 But more than that, it is a call to action. In STEM we are enabled to CREATE the change we wish to see in the world. 🌍 We can start with our craft by bringing our diverse perspectives and experiences to the products that we build for our world. We are some of the most empowered people to design a world with everyone in mind. But just like those who fought for us, we must also push for real equality and inclusivity by paying it forward to future STEMinists. We do this by: 👉 Sharing our stories 👉 Raising our voices 👉 Dismantling barriers along the entire education/career pipeline 👉 Mentoring others 👉 Creating community 👉 Introducing new opportunities for others 👉 And so much more…. We all are well positioned to make impact in our areas; Let's use that opportunity every day to transform the world. . . . . . . . . #herhelloworld #womenintech #girlswhocode #girlpower #womeninstem #womenempowerment #unwomen #ilooklikeanengineer #steminist #publicspeaking #womenwholead #breakingstereotypes #techblogger #seattle #london
Spent the first part of my day learning about design patterns! ⚙ Starting with creational patterns like factories, builders, prototypes, and singletons. I'm reading the Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software book and finding it super useful. It's one of the few engineering books I actually recommended bc it is largely language agnostic and there is no fluff! Just practical information that tells you what you want to know. Engineers looking to take their architecture skills to the next level should read this book. 🔗 There is a link to it on Amazon in my bio if you want to check it out yourself! From just working in tech, I am familiar with some of these patterns, but going through them formally to hear their pros/cons from the experts and using my experience as context has made a big difference. Plus, it serves as a reference guide for later. 🌟 Share + follow for more tech + career tips from a big tech software engineer! . . . . . . #herhelloworld #womenintech #girlswhocode #girlpower #womeninstem #girlboss #womenempowerment #womeningaming #microsoftlife #london #womenwhocode #femalehustlers #breakingstereotypes
Why are you using/learning the tech stack you are now? 👩🏼💻 Is it because that is the area of tech you are drawn to? Is it the tech stack a job/coding opportunity used that you now stick to? Or maybe you just decided to pick a language at random! For me, I knew I wanted to learn C-based languages to work on games and in Microsoft. 🎮 Going to university gave me an overview of the different technologies, but it wasn’t until I started working during my internships and as an FTE that I started to specialize in the C languages. 🧠 These days, I work largely in C languages, but have also learnt + used TypeScript and React in the last year. My comfort zone is with C languages, but I try to expose myself to other types of tech so I can be more adaptable as my job needs change. It's worth taking a step back to evaluate whether the tech you are learning is aligned with your goals, employer, and the future of the industry. 🌟 You don’t need to know everything, but you do need to know what is relevant. #herhelloworld #womenintech #girlswhocode #girlpower #womeninstem #girlboss #womenempowerment #techjourney #earlyincareer #careercoach
ANNOUNCEMENT! 📣 Today is the kickoff off of my NEWSLETTER, the first HERHELLOWORLD GUIDE, and my WEBSITE REBRAND!! Go check it out (🔗link in bio) and subscribe to my newsletter to get your FREE Welcome Guide! I can't believe this day has come. 🙌 My newsletter is a new opportunity for me to share all the best 👩💻 tech + career opportunities, resources, and news. Plus, we can get to know each other a bit better! 🤗 I'll be sharing more about my life, lessons learnt, and tech explorations. And now, after years of learning, speaking to industry experts, and research, I am putting together a set of HerHelloWorld guides in an effort to democratize tech career coaching and spread this knowledge far and wide! 👉 The Welcome Guide is the first of the series and it is completely FREE!! Whats in the Welcome Guide? I have put together a framework and checklist help you prioritize your career efforts and align + maximize your LinkedIn towards those goals. Be sure to tag me when you use it so I can share your wins! But, this is just a hint at what is to come. 🌟 The HerHelloWorld Career Kickstarter Guide is coming soon! 🌟 This is the ultimate 50 page guide on the key parts of maximizing your career. I have answered all the burning questions (+ more!) that I have been asked over the years. I am putting the final touches on it now. Keep your eyes peeled for it! And finally, my HerHelloWorld website has had a complete design refresh! Let me know what you think. It's looking super slick now and will be the home for all things HerHelloWorld. This is the culmination of years of work building this platform. My mission has always been to help technologists thrive in the industry and make tech more inclusive - I can't wait for this next chapter. 💜 Share and follow to hear more tech + career tips from a big tech software engineer!
Today is mine and Lorenzo's 6th anniversary! ❤️ We met just a couple months into university - he was living next door to my fellow female CS bestie. 👩🏼💻 We immediately clicked and have been rather inseparable since! We've been through a lot together - the ups and downs of university, cultural integration, internships, long distance, first jobs, extended travel, and now living in our own place together in the midst of a pandemic. 😅 👉 But, it doesn't matter whats going on, we always manage to have a blast and make it work! Tonight we are celebrating with a lil at home date night and yes, we are dressing up! 💃 Chef Lorenzo is making his AMAZING (seriously the best I've had) homemade tofu katsu curry and, as it is apparently our sugar 🍬 anniversary, we are making Funfetti Cookies (lol I brought the mix back from Seattle 6 months ago)! There's that phrase behind "every great man the there is a great woman"; I thank my lucky stars every day that I have Lorenzo there to be a great man and also my greatest supporter. 💪I wouldn't be who I am and where I am if it wasn't for him. He embraces my non-traditional path and plans which is something I always worried I wouldn’t find. I'm looking forward to a lifetime of making waves, traveling the world, and creating memories with my best friend. ❤️
LOOK WHAT CAME!! 👉 Swipe to see the pic it was inspired by 📸 It was made by the super talented @digitalwaterprints and I couldn't be happier with how it came out! It just fits right in with the rest of my power pink setup *chefs kiss* 💖 Be sure to check his work out and support local artists! 🎨