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After an introduction from our host Steph Fung, Viv shared her own mini-pep talk with us, focusing on three main points: “Make an actionable plan, create a lifestyle that supports learning and show up to it every day.” Inspired by the changes she made to facilitate her own career in tech, Viv explained how prioritising learning and building up a roster of transferrable skills helped her break into industry: “I was never a ‘junior junior', I’ve had ten years of experience.”
Then, Viv went on to share her journey to working at Meta as an AR artist, reflecting on her seven years as a membership manager at D&AD before taking the leap into tech. Unable to do an MA in computer science, and despite taking a detour through the world of business innovation, she eventually realised that she could “no longer run away from coding” if she wanted to take on a new career in creative technology.
Speaking about her move to south-east Asia to teach herself all things coding and AR, Viv described being surrounded by nature and choosing to utilise her own resources, instead of taking the usual route through a coding boot camp.