You need to care deeply, deeply about your people while not worrying or really even caring about what they think about you. Managing by trying to be liked is the path to ruin.

Dick Costolo

What advice would you give someone afraid of making the transition from college to the real world?

Christian McCarrick The best days of your life are indeed ahead of you.  Times of transition and change are always hard, but they are also the perfect opportunities for growth. You are not the first person to graduate.  Don’t get too worked up over it. Don’t feel like you have to have it all figured […]

What advice would you give someone who is afraid of making the transition from college life to the real world?

Christian McCarrick The best days of your life are indeed ahead of you.  Times of transition and change are always hard, but they are also the perfect opportunities for growth. You are not the first person to graduate.  Don’t get too worked up over it. Don’t feel like you have to have it all figured […]

As a software engineer, what's the best skill set to have for the next 5-10 years?

Christian McCarrick Core software engineering & computer science fundamentals with a strong focus on data and/or mobile. With the high-demand for web and software developers as of late, there have also been a number of “boot camp” and other programs to get people into software jobs quickly.  I am generally in favor of these programs, […]

As a software engineer, what’s the best skill set to have for the next 5-10 years?

Core software engineering & computer science fundamentals with a strong focus on data and/or mobile. With the high-demand for web and software developers as of late, there have also been a number of “boot camp” and other programs to get people into software jobs quickly.  I am generally in favor of these programs, but they […]

Is it too late to make career change in mid 30s? It requires me to start from entry level. Is it worth it?

Christian McCarrick It is never too late.  However, in your 30s you might have more obligations than you did earlier in life.  If you have a family and/or mortgage, etc. these will limit your options. There have been many people who have changed careers late in life, people becoming doctors, authors, musicians, teachers, etc.  If […]

Is it good to change career in andriod for an experienced .Net developer ? Please advice..

Christian McCarrick Ultimately, you should spend your career doing whatever you enjoy more.  You will be  working every day for years, so whatever keeps you happy and fulfilled should guide your decision. I think that the salaries will generally be pretty comparable to each other. .Net developer jobs tend to be focused more on enterprise […]

As a manager, how do you cope with having to terminate people you've become personally close to?

Christian McCarrick I have had to do this on several occasions.  Because the person was not performing well and also because of general workforce reductions.  I have also had to let go of a spouse while the other spouse still worked at the company.  Letting someone go under is hard under any circumstance, but it […]

As a manager, how do you cope with having to terminate people you’ve become personally close to?

I have had to do this on several occasions.  Because the person was not performing well and also because of general workforce reductions.  I have also had to let go of a spouse while the other spouse still worked at the company. Letting someone go under is hard under any circumstance, but it becomes even […]

What is it like to be an Insight Data Science Fellow?

Christian McCarrick This is a slightly different perspective on the question.  I was never an Insight Data Science Fellow, but I have personally hired multiple people who graduated from the program.  As a hiring manager in technology and data science I evaluated a number of different “bootcamp” type programs.  The Insight Data Science Fellow Program […]