Learn From Industry Leaders, Television Hosts, CEOs, And More (For Free) With WayUp’s Summer Series was originally published on WayUp.
The pandemic has put a pause on many things, but it shouldn’t be stopping your professional development.
For college students and recent grads, summer is usually a huge season for professional development. Whether you’re taking on an internship or applying for your first full-time job, networking events and speaker series are usually great ways to get an edge and gain the insight required to make big decisions about your future.
This year—internship or not—WayUp is bringing that experience safely to your computer. Our Lunch & Learn Summer Series runs from June 30th – August 6th and we’ll be hosting virtual Q&A sessions featuring world-renowned industry experts from media, technology, non-profit, finance, e-commerce, and many more field.
This is your chance to hear what industry leaders wish they knew when they were graduating, get unfiltered career advice, and ask questions and get answers live.
Here’s some of what we’ve learned in our past sessions—and a guide to the ones you can still register for.
Cathy Polinsky, CTO @ Stitch Fix
As the technology leader of the data science–driven personal style business Stitch Fix, Cathy Polinsky’s career is at the intersection of some of the most exciting areas of business: retail disruption, ecommerce, and “unicorn startups.”
Here are three major takeaways from her session (which you can watch in full down below):
- Don’t ignore the “soft skills” like collaboration and communication—they’re the keys to a successful STEM career
- Before you decide if you want to be a manager or an individual contributor, consider whether you’re invested in
- If you’re considering grad school for computer science, it helps to have a specific knowledge- or skill-based goal in mind rather than a vague desire for advancement
Dan Rosensweig, CEO @ Chegg
Dan Rosensweig has an incredible story. Actually, he has quite a few of them. But as a former Yahoo! executive, former CEO of Guitar Hero (yes, you read that right), and current CEO of education technology company Chegg, he’s got advice on how to navigate the worlds of business, technology, and finding your first job out of college.
Here’s some of his best insights (and a chance to watch the full session below):
- Don’t just choose the right job—look for managers who will develop your talents (and don’t forget to make the connections last by staying in touch)
- You won’t see the best opportunities coming—but you have to be ready to take them (like working in an industry that was just invented)
- If you can’t get the exact job you want, try to find the right company where you can grow your career
Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO @ Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the founder of one of the largest non-profits in the world: Girls Who Code. She is also the internationally bestselling author of “Brave, Not Perfect.” Prior to starting Girls Who Code, Reshma was the first Indian-American woman to run for congress, and also worked as an attorney at top law firms. Her career gives us so much to learn from.
Here are three major takeaways from her Lunch & Learn, which you can watch down below:
- Many of us think we have to be experts to be successful in something but you really just need to have passion and curiosity to get started
- Get yourself involved in technical processes as much as you can because everything will involve it to some extent
- Don’t be afraid to fail and be someone who can do a multitude of things
Register Now For These Upcoming Speakers
Click on any of the names and dates below to learn more and register for your spot now.
- Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO at Girls Who Code, at 12:00pm ET on July 7
- Michael Seibel, CEO at Y Combinator, at 3pm ET on July 9
- Benno Dorer, CEO at Clorox, at 12pm ET on July 14
- Zach Sims, Founder & CEO at Codecademy, at 3pm ET on July 16
- Eva Moskowitz, Founder & CEO at Success Academy Charter Schools, at 12pm ET on July 21
- Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CTO at Starbucks, at 3pm ET on July 23
- Peter Boyce, Partner at General Catalyst, at 12pm ET on July 28
- Jim Cramer, Investment Pro & Media Personality, 12pm ET on Aug 4
- Linda Findley Kozlowski, CEO at Blue Apron, at 3pm ET on Aug 6
For more about the WayUp Lunch & Learn Summer Series, check out the National Intern Day site here!