Graduate students and faculty attended a virtual workshop on career opportunities in the tech industry on Monday, November 16. Organized by the Linguistics Graduate Committee, the virtual event featured three panelists who shared their experience working in tech companies:

April Maguire (HR/Talent Acquisition) started her career as a computer programmer with Goldman Sachs and now leads R&D recruiting for Integral Ad Science.

Temese Szalai, CEO and Principal at Madarka Inc, is currently doing business as Subtextive, which she founded in 2011 to humanize approaches and solutions to large-scale natural language processing problems.

Mike Opper (‘17) has pursued a career in linguistics in the classroom, in the field, and now in the tech industry. Mike works as Research Scientist in Seam Social Labs, where he is responsible for social survey design, survey translation (primarily from English into Chinese), and NLP analysis of survey responses.

Following introductions, panelists fielded a range of questions from graduate students addressing topics such as coding and technical skills, consulting jobs vs. full-time positions, job training, the application process, and internships, among others.