Isos Technology participated in the annual Desert Code Camp conference on October 6, 2018 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona. The conference has become a valley staple for the tech community, running for last eight years. The conference is open to everyone from newbies to senior level tech enthusiasts. This year the event included 98 sessions, 79 presenters, 37 volunteers, 14 sponsors and was attended by over 850 people. This is by far the largest free event for the tech community in the valley. Sponsors provided attendees with free breakfast, lunch, lanyards, swag and happy hour. Isos has been a long-time supporter of the conference, both as a sponsor and providing speaking sessions. We enjoyed speaking to new and certified Jira guru’s in our community.

In addition to being in the sponsors’ pavilion, Isos had one of our own leading a session. Mary Ramirez, an Atlassian Support Lead for Isos, led a session before lunch titled “Taking Control of your Technical Career“. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to leverage their online presence, free themselves from the opinions of others, move from the first conversation to a lasting connection, and influence the tech industry in different ways. A few highlights include:

  • Should I apply for a job even though I do not meet all of the requirements?
    • Yes! Many employers are willing to hire you even if you do not meet every requirement on the job listing. Do not let that one bullet point stop you from applying to your dream job.
  • Does an internet search determine who you are?
    • Not necessarily. But it is very important to establish an online presence whether it’s through LinkedIn, Github or even a blog post. This will give a potential employer or recruiter a better sense of who you are and what you’re doing. If you do not have an online presence, start one today.
  • How can I get involved and help others in the tech community?
    • Meetup.com has many meetups happening across the valley. Organizations like Girls Develop It, Salesforce Saturday, Galvanize, and Tech Ladies offer free sessions and are always looking for volunteers. We all were helped at one point of our lives, so it is important to help others in their journey into tech.

As a proud supporter of the Phoenix developer community, Isos Technology looks forward to seeing you next years at Desert Code Camp!

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