Forging your Ideal Career at SXSW

SXSW Interactive Last year I attended South by Southwest for the first time. I heartily enjoyed my time there and learned a lot (both through the content presented as well as through my own reactions to such).

This year, I want to share what I’ve learned with others. If you think this is an interesting topic and want it to be presented, please take a moment to vote for “Forging your Ideal Career” for SXSW 2010.

Forging your Ideal Career

You’ve proven you’re a great developer / designer. How do you rise above the production floor to share your ideas and insights, and drive the solution rather than simply implementing it? Presenters will share their strategies for cultivating your career and attaining personal satisfaction while still keeping a steady paycheck!

  1. What if you feel your company’s career path is not for you?
  2. How do you position yourself as what you want to be doing, versus what you’re currently doing?
  3. How can networking help?
  4. What opportunities exist outside work?
  5. Forget work-life balance: how do you maintain paid work-unpaid work balance?
  6. How do you get support from your organization for your outside activities?
  7. What ideas do you share with your employer, versus keeping them to yourself?
  8. Wherein lies the problem: Your career, your job, or your company?
  9. When is it time to leave?
  10. How do you move on without burning bridges?

I sought out a former co-worker to serve as a co-presenter. Michael Krotscheck is brilliant: we worked together at Resource Interactive, where we were both Senior Developers. Whereas I left RI, Michael still works there and he also devotes his time and passion to serving as an Adobe User Group Manager.

Michael and I will share our own strategies and experiences as to how best to take control of your situation to achieve satisfaction and success.

Again, topics for South By Southwest are selected in part based on interest by the community. If you think this is an interesting topic and want it to be presented, please take a moment to wing on over to the PanelPicker and vote for “Forging your Ideal Career” for SXSW 2010.