From Cold Calls to Code Calls:

Leveraging Transferable Skills

After over a decade of success as a sales professional, I worried that switching careers meant starting all over. I’d put years of hard work I’d put into learning and establishing myself in a previous career, but this new “Junior” word at the beginning of my title implied that I was a newbie once again.

I was surprised to realize that my previous experience in sales (as well as experiences as a parent, friend, volunteer, etc) wasn’t work that I needed to just throw away. In fact, they have become unexpected assets in my software engineering career!

In this keynote, we will discuss the transferable skills that have proven invaluable in my career transition. Whether you’re looking for your first job in tech or whether you’re a tenured engineer, you will learn how to leverage your own transferable skills to get a unique competitive edge in the tech industry.

Shaundai Person

Shaundai Person

Senior Software Engineer, Netflix

Shaundai is a Senior Software Engineer (Netflix) and TC39 Delegate based in Atlanta, GA, US. She is passionate about making programming interesting and approachable for all, and does that through her work as a course instructor (, co-lead for React Robins (, and technical blogger.

In her spare time, Shaundai loves to go hiking, jogging, and listen to audiobooks. Find her on Twitter at @shaundai.

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