#18: Preethi Kasireddy – How Investment Banker & a VC quit her job to became a Software EngineerAfter excelling at Goldman Sachs and top venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Preethi Kasireddy decided she wanted to leave “the best job in the world” to become a software engineer. In her blog post called Why I Left the Best Job in the World, she talks about why she left VC to join Hack Reactor in order to learn how to code.In this episode Preethi shares what motivated her to leave finance for tech, her incredible work ethic, her 5 am workout schedule, and the lessons she learned on her journey to becoming a software engineer.
|Years in Tech||1|
|Grew Up||New Jersey|
|Current Job||Software Engineer|
- If you want to build a tech company, learn some technical skill sets in order to build a solid foundation for the product.
- Learning on your own is great but there’s nothing wrong with asking for mentorship or advice if you want to really accelerate and expedite your growth. It’s like having a personal trainer at the gym if you’ve never worked out before.
- Whether you should jump into job search immediately after the bootcamp or instead hack on a side project. Side projects are great if you’re naturally driven and you know you can stay motivated.
- Unless you're a super genius, it's impossible not to get rejected. If you hear no, It's not because you’re stupid, it could be that this company is just not the right fit or you may have had a bad day.
Show Notes (focus on the Stepping Stones):
- Preethi would spend $50 for food and the other $50 on getting any kind of access to a computer and find her first job whether at a coffee shop or anything and then build herself up from there.
- Clique by Kanye
- If you want to do it, do it. Don't be scared. It's not that hard.
- Preethi realized she can’t imagine going the rest of her career without this skill set and that this is exactly what she needed. Knowing how to program is the future and this is what she needed to build her career.
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