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What is a typical day like for you at your job?

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Desiree’s Answer

Hi Zach,

"Typical day" questions are a great way to get visibility into different careers!

I work in software engineering as a program manager. I help teams plan their work projects and deliver software. My typical day involves a lot of conversations, both in formal meetings and discussions with individuals. I'm primarily working through conflicts in staffing, deadlines, or making an important decision about the work we need to do.

I may also attend something we call "demos", where teams show off the work they've done toward a big goal. That's often the best part of my day because I can see the result of all the planning and discussions come to life!

I then usually complete my day by updating documentation or sending out updates to people interested in the work my teams are doing.

Desiree recommends the following next steps:

Think about how you would organize a major school project, and what updates you might give to people who are interested in your progress.
Research whether there's an opportunity to see peers share their work, at a project fair for instance.

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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Zach,

Great question, I'm happy to answer:

I work as a Recruiter for a Software Company which means I look for talented people who have the skills needed for vacancies within our company. It a very rewarding job and I get great happiness by being able to work with the people I have helped to hire:

Typical day:

I usually arrive into the office and will check on some emails that have come in the night before, as I live and work in Ireland for an American Software Company, the time difference between the two countries often means I have a-lot of updates to catch up on in the morning.

I then take a look at my calendar, often, I will have some calls scheduled with people who are interested in working with my company. These are 20 - 30 minute calls in which I learn more about people who apply and I get to tell them all of the amazing things about the company I work for.

After lunch, when my colleagues from the US come online, we tend to have some meeting in the late afternoon, this can be with hiring managers who are responsible for deciding who we would like to hire and we might discuss what type of candidates we have available to interview or I might meet with my management team to discuss my work and the status of some of the open positions we have across the business.

The thing I love about my role is that no two days are the same and there is a lot of diversity each day. I get to speak with lots of interesting people who could end up being a colleague of mine one day.

Hope this provides more information!



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Tim’s Answer

This is a great question and a fun one!

For me, there really isn't a typical day because sometimes the unexpected can occur and you're doing something different than you planned to do. I'm a Senior Technical Sourcer for my company, which is a software company doing business globally.

I typically begin my day by reviewing emails and Slack (internal messages) to see if there is anything urgent I need to address with candidates or hiring managers that I'm supporting. Once I'm done with that initial review, I'll begin the process of searching for potential candidates. These are "potential" candidates because they haven't applied to a job or haven't necessarily shown an interest in our company. My role is to seek them out, reach out, and hopefully have a conversation with them about our company's career opportunities.

A day could include 3-4 phone conversations with potential candidates, or it could be a day spent mostly searching and reaching out.

We also have meetings that occur and are mixed in with the scheduled phone calls and email messages. It's a full day and it comes with a variety duties and activities, but most exciting part is speaking with candidates and finding what they're interested and getting them interested and excited about my company.

I hope that helps!

Tim recommends the following next steps:

Use the internet, the library, and your mentors and counselors to learn about various careers.
Do informational interviews to learn about specific professions and the day-to-day life in their careers.