This was an incredibly eye-opening week for me and I took away many learnings from this trip, namely: The current group of students and near-graduates are the most connected group in history. They have had information at their fingertips since they were born. They have never needed an authoritative figure to help them figure out how things work.
Day Four: Friday 20th February Location: Oxford Our last stop was at University of Oxford. I was excited since it’s the oldest learning institute on earth! The talk was sponsored by OxWOCS (Oxford Women of Computer Science) where again the audience was a mix of men and women.
Day Three: Thursday 19th February Location: Cambridge The next day, Lauri and I took the train out to University of Cambridge and made our way to the William Gates building where the Computer Science department lived. We met with a member of the Natural Language Processing department who told us a lot about the verbal text analysis work they were doing.
Day two: Wednesday 18th February Location: Edinburgh The U.K. recruiter, Lauri Lambert and I then made a trip up to Scotland to the University of Edinburgh. Scotland is *stunning*. I was amazed at how every building looked like a historical castle—even grocery stores!
Day one: Monday 16th February Location: London The talk I chose to give was: “You Had me at Hello, World: 1:1 Mentoring with the Leaders of Tech” Together we will walk through 5 pieces of advice with practical examples and suggestions they shared with her, along with a preview of what the next 10 years of tech will bring.
A large majority of the current graduating class of computer science student’s value “life” balance more than any group of graduates of the past. This current class is not willing to sacrifice their personal lives for the companies they work for. This was one of the big learnings I took away from a tech road-show I did across the United Kingdom during the week of February 16th.