Phoenix Zerin
Phoenix Zerin

Bio

Phoenix Zerin

I am passionate about solving the meta-problem: creating value for value creators. My favourite development mahi has been on open-source libraries and frameworks, and I regularly mentor software developers of all skill levels. Having worked extensively with students and junior devs, I am convinced that the key to sustainably closing Aotearoa New Zealand's digital tech skills gap is to create pathways for new developers to get their start in the industry — and it is my personal mission to help make this happen!

2023

Career Development Anti-Patterns
Careers & Teams Breakout Session

Great careers don't just happen; they are the product of strategic planning and careful execution over many years. Unfortunately, a number of "anti-patterns" have emerged in career development that feel intuitive – and may even work in the short term – but in the long term will torpedo your career faster than advocating switching to microservices! In this presentation, we'll look at the 4 most common career development anti-patterns, why they don't work, and what you can do instead.

2019

Professional Networking: The Career-Accelerating Skill that Nobody's Talking About
Careers & Teams Breakout Session

By the end of 2013, I realised I was in trouble. My startup had failed, and I was running dangerously low on funds. In fact, it was looking pretty likely that I would not be able to pay rent the following month. To make matters worse, I was in Chile, nearly 8000 kilometres from the nearest country where I had right to work. I needed a new job, a freelancing client, anything that would keep me from getting kicked out of my flat in a foreign country where I barely spoke the language... and the clock was ticking!
Fortunately, thanks to the investment I had made in building and maintaining professional relationships over the preceding two years, what could have been a catastrophic setback instead became the catalyst for one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.
In this talk, you will learn the mindset and skills that you can start practising right now, to build up your professional network and accelerate your career. Whether you are looking for a career change, a promotion, or you just want to keep your options open, professional networking is the skill that everyone needs, but nobody's talking about!