When I started my career as a new graduate hire I felt a bit like Harry Potter sneaking out of Hogwarts without a Marauders Map. I had an idea of how to get where I wanted to be but was not sure what tools I may need to bring or what obstacles could lie in my way. In this chat, I want to give you five things you can do right now to build that Marauder’s map and set yourself up for long-term success.

In this chat I want you to walk away with:

  • How to create and grow your network and why that's important
  • Tips for understanding when it's time to leave your current position
  • Steps to identify where you are right now and where you want to be in your career
  • How to ask for opportunities
  • The ability to feel comfortable getting uncomfortable and making a change

Meet The Speaker

Melissa Trezise
Melissa Trezise
Senior Software Engineer at Ciena

Melissa Trezise is a senior software engineer who has worked at Ciena for the past 7 years. She started with Ciena as a new graduate hire and spent several years as a developer working on the 6500 platform before transitioning to the Waveserver product.

She is currently leading the delivery of the latest iteration of the Waveserver platform in a microservice architecture. She is an active member of the Women @ Ciena group helping to lead professional development and outreach activities.

Melissa graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with a Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) and a Master of Science (Biomedical Computing).

She is passionate about increasing diversity, her cat Jellybean, and Disney. Her personal motto is ‘embrace your weird’.


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