Our four speakers offered thoughts and stories about their experiences gaining and sharing knowledge. We learned about asking others for advice and regular evaluation meetings, and we talked about where and how to find inspiration. Our audience gave helpful input, with experienced professionals sharing their stories and tips on community programs worth checking out. Newcomers added their “How it started/How it’s going” insights, and overall we had a vivid, well-moderated discussion!
There’s no instant formula for success. In general, if you are looking for someone to support you in your career, find someone who understands your way of thinking and helps you venture outside of your comfort zone. Start off with some research – with our videos perhaps – to identify your needs, but don’t ever be afraid to speak up and ask questions!
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Angie is a Java Champion and Senior Director who specializes in test automation strategies and techniques. As a Master Inventor, Angie is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking, which has resulted in more than 25 patented inventions in the US and China. She shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world, as well as leading the online learning platform Test Automation University. In her spare time, Angie volunteers with Black Girls Code, teaching coding workshops to young girls to attract more women and minorities to tech.
Marco works as a Developer Advocate at JetBrains. Before that, he ran a small consulting agency in Munich, Germany, freelanced for various customers, and worked as a software developer.
After working hours, Marco provides training sessions for the Java & Spring ecosystem and gives talks at Java User Groups & conferences in Germany/Austria/Switzerland.
Dalia Abo Sheasha
Dalia joined JetBrains as a Developer Advocate in October 2020. She is an experienced speaker and Java developer who understands how enterprise developers work and the challenges they face. A passionate programmer with many high-profile projects to her name, including Open Liberty and EclipseLink (JPA), she has created helpful tools for migrating to newer versions of Java.
Helen has been part of JetBrains since August 2020. She started out as a Java programmer but has spent most of her career creating content as a technical writer. Helen combines her passions for content creation, learning new things, and communication to bring a unique mix of skills to the team. Helen is exceptionally keen on championing the experience of all users, especially those who are new to IntelliJ IDEA IDE, because she can empathize with them thanks to her own journey. She truly appreciates where people may struggle when they’re new to Java and/or to IntelliJ IDEA. Helen enjoys lifting weights and quilting in her spare time, although not at the same time!