Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Core Conversation about Careers

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Small Business Career Thinking in a Large Company

    by Russell Sinclair and Ryan McMinn

    Applying lessons learned from running a small consulting company to working in a large corporation. We don't all work for small, sexy startups. The majority of us work for large, sometimes soulless corporations that operate on a totally different set of politics and goals. In this session, Russell Sinclair and Ryan McMinn will talk about their experience running a software consulting company and how we have applied that experience to working in a large corporation. Come learn tips, tricks and lessons on how to make your job easier and more fun while still climbing your way up the corporate ladder.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Screw the Job Market: Young + Passionate ≠ Broke

    by Molly Mahar and Tara Gentile

    Yes, you are an expert. Yes, you can make money doing your own thing. No, you don’t have to work for the next hot start-up or within the confines of Corporate America to do it. Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up and Molly Mahar of Stratejoy are young, profitable, and passion-fueled full-time entrepreneurs. In this core conversation, we'll all be talking about how we can do we love without living in our parent's basement. Yup - it *is* possible to create a passionate business that actually pays the bills. The job market can suck it. Not to be missed by beginner solopreneurs, recent grads, the laid off (and appreciative!), side hustlers, and those who are currently employed but looking to break free of the golden handcuffs. Come ready to share your wins, struggles and stories in this interactive conversation!

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Welcome to the Age of Hyperspecialization

    by Robert Hughes and Christina Hamlin

    The work of the future will be atomized, with many workers doing pieces of what is today a single job. The hyperspecialization of workers may be inevitable given the quality, speed and cost advantages it offers- and the power it gives individuals to devote flexible hours to tasks of their choice. Just like craft workers of the past, knowledge workers, or hyperspecialists, will engage in peripheral activities that could be done better or more cheaply by others. Using real world business examples the panel will explore directed innovation through hyperspecialization.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Job Hopping: Turn a High Number to Your Advantage

    by Gi-Gi Downs and Erin Bush

    Do you share your number?

    You know the classic assumption: they all want to be the first. They might understand if one or two didn't work out, but they're scared if you've had a lot of those. But some people know the secret-–that a variety of experiences makes you a better…


    No, we're not talking about the closely-guarded number of your past lovers; but how many jobs you’ve had.

    The brutal reality is that if you’ve spent any time in the tech industry, it’s likely you’ve hopped around companies in your local tech corridor. Had multiple titles. Multiple bosses. And, the old theory says, this doesn't look good on your resume.

    Unless, that is, you learn to carry it well.

    Shifting priorities and re-org roulette may have left you with an embarrassingly high number, but is your reputation really shot? Armed with a little knowledge, you can beat the stereotype. And it might even keep you off the unemployment line.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center