Parallels Between Career Building and Home Remodeling a talk by Jackie Kazil
Ten years ago, I had a five year plan. A plan to fix an eighty‑year‑old house in Washington, DC. That five year plan turned into the ten year plan.
During those ten years, I went from working as a data journalist at The Washington Post, to working as a software engineer for the Library of Congress, to being a Presidential Innovations Fellow for The White House under the appointment of President Obama. I wrote a book for O’Reilly Media, I am “completing” a Ph.D, I created the leading library in my field in Python, and I started a family, giving birth to the keynote speaker for PyCon CZ 2042.
In the past, if you had asked me how I did all of these things, I wouldn’t have had a sufficient answer. It wasn’t until I was able to reflect back upon the remodeling of that house, that I truly began to understand my accomplishments. In this talk, I’ll impart the lessons that I learned in that house remodeling, and the interesting way in which they apply to software development and my career.
This talk is suitable for both beginner and advanced Pythonistas.
I’m a Czech-American engineer and former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. I’ve worked for various major companies and government agencies like The Washington Post and The Library of Congress.
I’m a leader in PyLadies and sit on the Board of Directors for the Python Software Foundation. I'm the creator of Mesa, an agent-based modeling library in Python and working on my Ph.D in Computational Social Science.
I remodel house(s) in my spare time, living in Washington, DC with my husband, daughter, and dog.