Level Up Your Career with Soft Skills

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 2:00 pm2:45 pm

Dawn Parzych, LaunchDarkly


Many of us want to see our careers progress from junior to senior to lead or manager. To do this, we improve our technical skills, contribute to open source projects, and work on side projects. That's great, but technical skills will only get you so far. To truly succeed, you need to master the soft skills–also known as people skills or core skills.

These skills are sometimes called "non-technical." That's not an accurate characterization. These skills are technical. And like all technical skills, they require practice and refinement. Don't approach the idea of soft skills with a fixed mindset, employ a growth mindset, and learn how you can continuously refine and improve these critical skills. During this talk, you will learn essential soft skills, tips on how to improve them, and how biases influence our ability to learn. Avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication by improving your soft skills.

Dawn Parzych, LaunchDarkly

Dawn is a Developer Advocate at LaunchDarkly where she uses her storytelling prowess to write and speak about the intersection of technology and psychology. She enjoys helping people be more successful at work and at life. She makes technical information accessible avoiding buzzwords and jargon whenever possible. When not writing or speaking she serves as a chapter organizer for Write/Speak/Code.

@conference {240858,
author = {Dawn Parzych},
title = {Level Up Your Career with Soft Skills},
year = {2019},
address = {Portland, OR},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = oct,