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Careers in Tech for Non-Tech Panel Event
Wednesday, March 24, 2020
Are you a non-tech major interested in a career in the tech field? Curious to know how your social science background can be an advantage to break into the tech industry? Learn job/internship search strategies from professionals with non-tech backgrounds who successfully built their careers in the tech industry. Join this virtual panel event and hear from our distinguished panelists:
Adam Evaristo (BS Business Administration 2010, MBA 2015) is a Senior Customer Program Manager, Cloud Platform Product Management at VMware. Born & raised in the Silicon Valley along with 3 siblings, he worked in sales, marketing and customer service for small medium businesses immediately after high school. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree he joined Cisco as an Individual Contributor in the Technical Services and was promoted to Team Lead, managing a team of 20 technical support engineers. Adam joined Adobe upon completing his MBA degree and worked as a People Manager. He pursued consulting after his stint at Adobe and briefly worked at Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook before joining VMware full-time. Adam enjoys mentoring students, career professionals, and business owners. In his free time, he enjoys running, lifting weights, traveling, entrepreneurship, investing, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Jeremy Schifeling, was a Political Science and Education major and has devoted his career to helping liberal arts students succeed in theirs. From recruiting top students at Teach For America to leading student marketing for LinkedIn, he’s touched the lives of millions of young people just starting out in their journeys. Along the way, he’s published a top-selling book on job applications, served as a career coach for hundreds of students at the University of Michigan, and produced the most-viewed video in LinkedIn’s history. He founded Break into Tech (www.breakinto.tech) to help anyone land a tech job and currently works at Khan Academy.
Kasia Sliwinsika (MA Research and Experimental Psychology, 2019) is a contracted UX Researcher at Facebook Reality Labs. Previously she also contracted on the Pixel Hardware Team at Google. She graduated from SJSU in 2019 with an MA in Research and Experimental Psychology. Her master’s thesis focus was on task gamification and its effects on performance. In her free time, Kasia likes to paint minis and play board games.
Nicholas Thoryk (BA Cultural Anthropology, 2013) is an experienced Application Instructor currently working for Salesforce. His background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University as well as work in Configurator Systems on CRM Platforms. In his spare time, Nick enjoys travel, helping his husband cook, and assembling Lego Star Wars sets for which he has no space.
Vivian Urata (BA Graphic Design, BFA Digital Art Media, 2010) is a Staff Product Designer at Slack. Vivian has 13 years of experience working in diverse environments — ranging from agency, startup (pre-IPO, post-IPO, and acquisitions) to corporations. Vivian is committed to doing what’s right for members, with the company’s goals in mind. She believes design has the ability to transform socio-economical, racial, and political barriers.
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