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Career Autopsy: Lessons from 16 Years as a Dev

The software development world is a twisty maze of passages, all alike (at first glance). It can be slightly perilous and a little scary, especially if you’re just starting out. How should you know what job to take? Or what salary to accept?
And if you've been doing this a while, how do you manage the day-to-day challenges of work? How do you know what positions or promotions to accept or decline?
During this talk we'll examine the 16 year career of a software developer. We'll review his personal and professional choices and see how they impacted his life and career, and, hopefully, learn from his mistakes.


  1. How do you know a job is right for you?
  2. How do you know the work you're doing is meaningful?
  3. What is the one thing you should be doing RIGHT NOW?
  4. Why should you leave one job for another?
  5. What are your life and career priorities?



Mando Escamilla, Gentleman Developer, Union Metrics, Inc.

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