The 3 year journey line: Becoming the successful student

“Nobody is going to sponsor you.. You think a company will pay to keep you..?” She said to me. There are people who will encourage you blindly (I’m not sure if they believe it, but it’s a polite thing to say). There are those who will encourage you truthfully. And …

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Dear me: A letter to past and future self

Dear Chester, Your birthday has recently passed, and a significant one some might say. A real milestone for many people! I think it’s a great time to reflect a bit on the past and look into the future a little. What are your fondest memories? What do you look forward to …

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My experience with technology recruiters in Australia

Regardless of the industry, recruiters have a bad reputation. For many individuals, they may be no better than used car people. They are said to be dishonest and sneaky as they attempt to fill their vacancies by any means possible. They are also known to focus on higher paying jobs …

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A taste of startup culture

Startup culture in tech companies are infamous for awesome perks, great work life balance and a community environment for fostering personal and career growth. Of course, not all startups are like that. Companies vary greatly in how they build their culture and may look for different things when they hire …

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The first week in Melbourne

The first three weeks in Australia have come and gone very quickly and if I could sum it up in two words it would be the following: exceeding expectations. There are lots of details I can share, but I’ll start by summarizing my first week. As excited as I was …

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Months in review

It’s been many months since I’ve had a “month in review” post. In the beginning I found it useful to give myself some direction each month, but the last six months have felt more focused on different obstacles that have naturally presented themselves. I wanted to take a few moments …

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Weighing in on Australia

Anywhere but here was probably the first thought I had when thinking about where to go, but when it came down to checking off criteria, Australia was one of the few options that made sense. Tech startup presence. Check. Active ruby community. Check. English speaking country. Check. Visa options. Check. …

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