A story of a Microsoft engineer who quit a flourishing career to become a stay-at-home mom

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I recently met a middle-aged woman through Facebook marketplace. To keep her identity anonymous, I will call her Sarah. Sarah purchased an item from me and on the day she came over to pick up the item, she and I hit it off right away as we had tech careers, parenting and Seattle in common. We shared our journeys in tech. Sarah shared her story and it stunned me. Her story is the story of many women and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days.

This is her story

Sarah was an engineer at Microsoft for 10 years and had a flourishing career…

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.

Here is the list of YouTube channels by women dedicated to data science, machine learning, AI, data engineering and more.

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Lately, I’ve been seeing a few blogs sharing data science YouTube channels to follow. It’s been great to see the limelight data science has attained over the last few years and the contribution of the creator community in accelerating the growth. It’s a fascinating field indeed and deserves the recognition.

However, a theme I am observing in these blogs is that the majority of the channels mentioned are by men. In fact, one of the very notable Medium publications shared their top list with, which only had two channels by women listed out of twenty-six. This made me wonder, why…

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. …

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

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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…

Practical tips for the virtual conference prep

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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

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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. …

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

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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.

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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…

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

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