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Figuring out your career path in tech: an applicant, an engineer, a leader

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Hosted by Kent Wills

Director of Engineering - Engineering Effectiveness at Yelp


Circle Description

After spending four years leading in the US military I transitioned to tech. I've grown from an engineering intern to the head of engineering effectiveness - a group comprised of seven teams and over 50 engineers. I've coached and helped engineers move from junior engineering roles to senior engineering roles and from engineering roles to management roles. I've also helped young women get a head start in the tech industry with the #builtbygirls program and I mentor engineers in Yelp's AWE program. I'd be happy to talk about career advancement and understanding whether the technical or management track is right for you.


This circle is full.


Benefits of joining this Circle:

  • Engage in interactive learning with a limited group of peers ( Full)
  • Bring your own challenges and the Kent will be able to help in live
  • Lifetime access to all session material: slides, templates, recordings and additional resources

What people are saying about Kent

Thanks for the great advice as always !

Vijay Krishna Dandu - Senior Systems Engineer @ Momentive

Kent's advice was exact to the needs of my team. I am delighted I had this conversation and am looking forward to putting these into action.

Manjunath Basaralu Srinivasa - Engineering Manager @ Atlassian

Thank you Kent for valuable perspectives on things related to engineering effectiveness and productivity

Manoj Pahuja - Engineering Director, Quality and Productivity @ Shippo

Kent understood my situation better, shared similar scenarios, and gave very specific actionable advice. He is very inspiring and super helpful. I would like to check all the boxes above - actionable advice, candor, great listener, inspiring, preparedness and productive conversation.

Hem P - Developer @ Not Applicable

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