Widen your impact as an engineer

Groups of impact: me, my team, tech team, company, community
Where is your level of impact?

Develop your specialism

When you’re confused about a concept and can’t figure it out, who do you go to for help? For me it depends on the subject. If it’s a weird React thing then I know just the person for that, if it’s infrastructure related then I know the girl for that too. If it’s an accessibility question, I know a guy.

T-shape: The top of the T is your base knowledge and skills and the main part of the T is the depth of you knowledge

Make things happen

I’ve met so many people in life with great ideas but lack the motivation to actually make them happen. I refuse to be one of those people! You’ve probably had ideas yourself of things that could be improved or potential solutions to problems. Act. On. Them. I had to force myself to push through the “I don’t know what I’m talking about barriers” and I still need to on a regular basis. So, even if you aren’t the person to do the actual change, make your thoughts known and make things better.

  1. (of a person or action) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened.

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Tara Ojo

Tara Ojo

Software engineer @ Google. She speaks and writes about career progression and front-end development. @tara_ojo