Rachel is an applied scientist at Uber. We discuss her transition from academia to tech and the value of an economics degree in the industry. Rachel shares her experience with remote internships, the challenges of onboarding virtually, and the importance of being resourceful. She also talks about the lifestyle in tech, the potential for job insecurity, and the need to adapt to the industry’s volatile nature. She provides insights into the role of an economist in tech and how to overcome imposter syndrome.
We discuss the choice between being an individual contributor and pursuing a management track and the qualities to look for in a manager. Rachel also shares her favorite interview strategies and tips.
Where to find Rachel
Where to find Ida
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ida-johnsson/
- X: https://twitter.com/IdaBJohnsson
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcGBjKfzdALl_FQVcA4b8TA
00:45 Path to econ PhD
04:47 Path to a tech job
10:58 The value of internships
13:57 Remote internship challenges
17:16 Dealing with imposter syndrome
22:30 What Rachel does at Uber
26:23 Do you need a PhD?
33:57 Tech lifestyle
34:49 Lack of job security
39:28 IC or manager?
41:14 What to look for in a manager
45:43 What to look for in a job
49:30 Interview tips