Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Panel about Careers

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Friday 9th March 2012

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Hunt or Be Hunted: Get the Design Job You Want

    by Whitney Hess, Jason Putorti, Gina Bianchini and Amy Jackson

    ”Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…”,lyrics from Fiddler on the Roof about finding a perfect partner. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have someone to guide you towards what is a match for you, advise you in your career life, help you weed through the losers to find the fabulous ‘one’ that will make you whistle on your way to work AND whistle on the way home?
    In Hunt or Be Hunted - How to get the Design Job you Really Want, you will be privy to the insights and success stories of three of the industry’s most respected representatives in their knowledge domains. You will also hear from a leading expert in the placement of designers. Each will relate real-world experience, guiding audience members through the maze of questions a designer has in this frenetic job market.

    Who are you as a designer? What do you want to do, and how do you know it's the right thing.

    What's your story? How to present yourself, your portfolio, and where you want to be.

    Where should you be full time or freelance? What that means to your life, your career and how you are viewed.

    When is it right? To look, to change, to know if this is the one.

    How do you get there? Choosing the right company, assessing/selling to what they need, closing the deal.

    Don’t be left in the dark. Don’t make blind decisions. Be informed, be guided, then be sure. Listen to these respected resources to help yourself to, “…find me the perfect match.”

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Ballroom D, Austin Convention Center

  • Keeping Kids off the Street: Wall St. vs. Startups

    by Renee DiResta, Chris Wiggins, Zach Sims, Ben Siscovick and Roger Ehrenberg

    New York is now the #2 startup hub in the country and rapidly rising; however, single most consistent reason given for NYC’s failure to nurture a culture of innovation is Wall Street: it sucks engineers in, drains them of their creativity, and stuffs them with so much cash they can never be “lean” again. This panel includes people arguing against Wall Street as a force for good, people arguing for Wall Street as a natural career path to startups, and people working to “keep kids off the Street” (i.e., keep engineering students from joining Wall Street hedge funds and I-banks).

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Salon A, Hilton Austin Downtown

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Tech Cooperatives: A Better Way to Make a Living

    by Raeanne Young, Andi Shively, Drew Stephan, Poonam Whabi and Jack Aponte

    Most experienced IT folks have faced the choice of freelancing versus working for an established business. Freelancing offers creative autonomy but not necessarily steady income. A job with a larger company provides a steady paycheck but often comes with creative and personal constraints.

    We are part of a growing movement among creative professionals who want an alternative to traditional business structures. The worker-cooperative business model enables IT professionals to maintain control of their work and life, produce excellent work, and retain the benefits of the value that they create, without sacrificing security. Our tech cooperatives offer the support and team approach of a firm but are entirely owned and democratically governed by the folks who work in them - us.

    This is a moderated panel with a focused, first-person discussion of different experiences of working in tech cooperatives. We will explain why a growing number of IT professionals prefer working in a co-op setting, the advantages and drawbacks of a democratic workplace, and the processes of starting and maintaining a worker cooperative.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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  • Online Personality Disorder: Resumes & Profiles

    by Jennifer Jongsma, Kevin Lawver, Kristy Duncan and Carla Borsoi

    An editor, researcher, and program manager walk into a bar. They are looking to help talented people who have personality and technical chops. As they down a Shiner, they look for a coherent story that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and where you can go. In this session we'll share our tips then jump into live reviews of resumes and a variety of online profiles. Beyond the action verbs and a Google search, these three will help you synchronize what you show on paper and online. They'll show how your online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, About.me) can help an employer picture you in their organization. How can you show yourself to be unique? How do your other digital selves support your claims? Hear how these three, with years of hiring experience, approach evaluating job candidates. Bring us your resumes, your profiles and your questions.

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

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • The Future of Work and the Free Radical

    by Althea Erickson, Josh Rubin, Scott Belsky, Benjamin Dyett and Richard Schatzberger

    How we work is changing. But where we work isn’t.

    Over the last ten years a new way of working has emerged, along with some people who live it every day. They’re available 24/7. They network endlessly, and then plug their skills into others’ in surprising combinations. They choose when and how they do what they do, on their terms. They don’t want job security – they want career fluidity. We call them free radicals. And they’re creating the future of work.

    But when they look for a place to do all that, the options are weirdly outdated: office, home, or on the go – say, a café. Those are actually poor choices. Offices mean fixed cost and daily routine. Home is isolated and full of distractions. And cafés get old after the second latté.

    Be transported by this panel of experts into the future of work, as they walk you through their vision of the ideal work experience for free radicals just like you.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Your Social Media Job Is Dead: Now What?

    by Ana Andjelic, Angeline Vuong, Natalie Rodic Marsan and Sonny Gill

    The digital world is changing too fast to let the industry label its roles with yet another buzzword. Remember digital ninjas? Social media mavens? Twitterholics?

    One moment, you are a self-proclaimed "guru" -- hey, it doesn’t make it less real -- and the next, you discover that you are not the only one.

    Younger marketing & advertising professionals are entering the workforce in social media-specific roles and finding that they must expand outside of their niche or risk becoming obsolete. As social media becomes more commonplace within organizations, it is evolving into another platform that good digital strategists and planners can handle with ease. More importantly, it reveals a schizophrenic situation in the industry. We want our developers to code in different languages, but we pigeonhole our strategists – people who are, by definition, entrusted with “big picture” – into smaller and smaller areas of specialization.

    And what about the people who started out as Social Media Coordinators and moved onto Community Managers and eventually Social Media Strategists? Where will they go from here? Or is there still room for specialization as strategists?

    Join us as we duke it out in a battle over the future of digital engagement jobs from the POV of people who have had all sorts of social media job titles, abandoned those titles, never had those titles and still proudly wear them.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center