Roslyn Yang, Computer Science and Business Management, '21
With generous support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, CWR WIT students were able to secure funding to take part in the 2020 virtual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), a conference that brings the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
What was it like to attend Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) virtually this year?
I have not attended GHC in the past so I have nothing to compare it to. However, because it was virtual, more people could attend and the sessions were recorded, so you could attend whichever events you wanted without any time conflicts.
What are your tips on navigating GHC and how did you work to stand out online or in virtual breakout rooms?
My advice would be to ask good questions. Don't just ask questions about specific job postings; ask thoughtful questions unique to the company.
What are the things the first time GHC attendees should keep in mind? What advice would you give them?
My advice would be to look at the schedule before the conference and plan ahead for which events you want to attend.
How can the first-timers prepare for job hunting through GHC?
Submit your resume to the GHC resume database early. Research the companies sponsoring the conference and attend their virtual events.
How do you see GHC helping in your internship or career search?
I had some employers reach out to me after finding my resume in the GHC resume database, and some companies have specific job postings for GHC attendees. Also, some companies hosted virtual events for GHC attendees that gave insight into their company culture and recruiting.
Is there anything else you'd like to add about your experience with the virtual GHC?
It is a great experience that you should take advantage of if possible. I'm super appreciative of CWRU Women In Tech for supporting us and sponsoring us to attend this conference.