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Laura Czajkowski
Laura Czajkowski

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Nevertheless, I Will Continue to #ChooseToChallenge Myself

My journey into becoming a Manager working in the Developer Relations industry hasn't always been smooth. In 2021, I want to look at ways we can choose to inspire others while we continue to challenge ourselvesβ€”despite the obstacles we face at work, within our communities, and because of the pandemic. This year, I want to push past my comfort zone.

I am not a fan of writing. Mostly, I feel that someone else could phrase things more eloquently or share something more impactful. So this year, I challenge myself to overcome that doubt and write more.

I still feel like an imposter at times, even after working in tech for over two decades. To compensate, I take on more responsibilities to show my valueβ€”and I know other women can relate. However, I believe we can overcome this and help support one another in saying No to things. Shirley Bailes my co-organiser at FOSDEM Community devroomthis year, has a great formula I'm going to try when assessing to take on more work:

  1. Does it have to be done, like contracts, POs, etc.
  2. If no, does it help move the needle - with a new project or a new idea or taking on more work.
  3. If yes to either, I try to determine the scope of work ahead of time and what bandwidth I can devote to it. I also try to determine if I'm the right person to take action.

Lastly, I want to challenge myself by taking part in areas where I'm not an expert, even if I feel I am less capable than my male colleagues (who also may not know the answers but don't second guess themselves).

This year will no doubt be challenging. However, I know that I have allies, supportive colleagues, and I'm fortunate to know some amazing people that inspire me daily. If I can lend a helping hand, provide mentorship, or help you get your foot in the door, please reach out. My Twitter DMis open.

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