“Do the exact opposite of what brown culture taught you”

Being an immigrant in the corporate world has its own unique set of challenges. When you move to a new country, the process of learning and unlearning becomes critical to succeed, whether that is learning a new language or the work culture. Learning and adapting to the work culture is quite exhausting, plus it involves trials and errors where you break your tiny bubble of social stigma. Sometimes, this can be a huge shift too.

If you are a woman of color that fit in the above equation, things only become challenging in the new country and work environment. For…

Working from the couch was not sustainable…

I get tons of questions on Instagram about my desk setup product links. I love responding to those DMs but in order to consolidate and scale sharing I am compiling this list of my WFH favorites. Having a good WFH setup has boosted my productivity and I hope it’s useful for you as well. Leave a comment if you have questions about any of the products listed and accessories.

Disclosure: Please note that the links below are affiliated and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links at no additional cost to you. …

Practical tips for the virtual conference prep

I published a version of this article in 2019 — 10 Things to Do Before GHC19 — and it was very well received by perspective Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) attendees. Since GHC20 is virtual, I thought it would be a good idea to reshare with the addition for virtual conference tips.

Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

1. Upload Resume to GHC Database

If you haven’t done this already, submit your resume to GHC database. This is how recruiters will reach out to you for job and networking opportunities.

Find companies that are recruiting at the career fair here.

2. Get Your Resume Reviewed [FREE]

While uploading…

Know what your position’s worth, then insist on it

Tech salaries are a hot topic. As an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion, I believe that getting paid fairly is the first step. My goal with sharing these tools is to make tech salary information accessible so you can get paid fairly.

Note: These are tools that I have personally used. I am not sponsored by any organization to share my views.

1. Levels.fyi

Levels.fyi is an online tool that collects verified compensation information from tech employees at various big tech companies. …

New hire orientation experience was everything I imagined and more.

You can also watch my First Day at Google on YouTube.

I have been wanting to write about my first-day at Google experience for a while but honestly, it has been surreal that I wanted to take my time to take it all in. My Google interview was in October 2019 — I signed the offer letter in November 2019 — and started at Google in Dec 2019.

Breaking stereotypes one picture at a time

Women are posting powerful images with text snippets on Instagram tagged #BreakStereotypes to address commonly held stereotypes against women and inspire one another. It’s not really a challenge — it’s a movement.

De-prioritize non-promotable tasks

I learned about the term office housework a few years into my career, and it was an “aha” moment for me. Harvard Business Review defines it well:

“Office housework happens outside of the spotlight. Some is administrative work that keeps things moving forward, like taking notes or finding a time everyone can meet. Some is emotional labor (‘He’s upset — fix it.’). Some is work that’s important but undervalued, like initiating new processes or keeping track of contracts. This kind of assignment has to get done by someone, but it isn’t going to make that person’s career.”

Some examples of…

A short and sweet explanation using real-world examples.

Let’s jump into it right away.


Correlation means relationship and association to another variable. For example, a movement in one variable associates with the movement in another variable. For example, ice-cream sales go up as the weather turns hot.

A positive correlation means, the movement is in the same direction (left plot); negative correlation means that variables move in opposite direction (middle plot). The farther right plot is when there no correlation between the variables.


Causation means that one variable causes another to change, which means one variable is dependent on the other. It is also called cause and effect…

Stop binge watching online courses and tutorial if you want to learn.

In today’s world of remote learning where countless online courses, tutorials ands blogs are available on the internet for FREE, it’s easy to fall into tutorial trap.

The tutorial trap is a trap where we take tutorials after tutorials — leading to belief of learning something new — then surprises us with the state of confusion when it’s time to apply the knowledge

What leads to tutorial trap?

A strong desire to learn fast combined with abundance of free, accessible resources can lead to tutorial trap.

learning new things can be addictive

Learning new things can be enjoyable — it can also be addictive. We are tempted to continuously learn and…

A data science portfolio should highlight job relevant skills that show you can perform day-to-day tasks of a data scientist.

1. Data Cleaning

According to a study published by Forbes, Data Scientists on average spend 80% of their time on preparing, managing and cleaning data. Data prep is a good way to show that you can work with various types of clean and unclean data.

Structure a data cleaning project:

  1. Import data
  2. Join multiple data sets
  3. Detect missing values
  4. Look for anomalies (1, 2, 3, “Sundus”?)
  5. Impute for missing values
  6. Data quality assurance

2. Exploratory Data Analysis

Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) allows you to understand the data and make unintended discoveries through…

Sundas Khalid

I write about data science, diversity & lifestyle | currently at Google | more learning content at sundaskhalid.com

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