Five Answers on Why Viacom Cares About Mentorship
Meet Aurelie Gaudry, the Senior Director of Mobile and Emerging Platforms for Viacom’s music and entertainment brands. Aurelie oversees a team of developers who build the iOS and Android apps we use to watch episodes of Nashville (and many other shows). She also builds apps for emerging platforms such as Roku, Android TV, Apple TV and Xbox.
PowerToFly asked Aurelie about how mentorship has helped her grow from a front end developer at Viacom to a Senior Director over the last ten years.
“When we started doing mobile applications, at first we were outsourcing the development. The idea was to bring it in house to get better quality and more ownership of it. Because I was interested, and I had someone here with more experience with mobile, that person would teach some classes, like after the 9 to 5, and teach those who are interested. I started learning about mobile development and just got a lot more into it. It quickly grew into moving this all in house and I got the chance to build up a team of Android and iOS developers. Now I am in charge of the department.”
This pivotal learning experience is one Aurelie carries over to her team.
“There are review processes in place to help people learn, in terms of being clean and efficient, writing well testable code,” she said. “I have definitely heard from a lot of people that they have learned a lot getting into my group and getting that kind of feedback. It is very important at Viacom to make sure everyone is happy and growing.”
We also dug into how Aurelie is paying it forward, by making sure others are growing in the Viacom community. Aurelie cites that hack-a-thons, for example, are a regular occurrence, including one last March with The Daily Show that featured Trevor Noah.
Viacom also partners with Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works to close the gender gap in technology, on a summer immersion program that provides high school students computer science instruction and mentorships with female company executives.
Aurelie details other initiatives focused on women in tech, like a recent Women in Computing event.
“The theme,” she described, “was gender issues and the team that actually won was a team of five high school students who built an Android app that was disguised as a food delivery app. There were hidden features where domestic abuse victims could call for help. It was really just great to see what five high school students can do. It is amazing what kids can do these days and women play a large role in that.”
Want to learn more about roles at Viacom? Check out their company page here.
Dorra Bouchiha can remember the exact moment she realized she wasn't in control of her own career.
It was summer 2018, and she was sitting at work, watching a presentation by one of her then-employer's new leaders. The presenter was talking about personal growth and showed the room a slide of two images side by side.
Growing Your Career in Technical Support: 4 Tips for Getting Hired at Elastic from Support Director Heidi Sager
Heidi Sager loves math, but she also loves working with people.
She always has, which is why she enjoyed her part-time job working at the IT department of the University of Colorado while she was studying electrical engineering. (She'd started in computer science, but explains that it "wasn't for her" and switched her major.) She helped students and professors with word processors, basic programming, and software checkout, and took a full-time job after graduation as a UNIX system administrator.
Working at Relativity—the global tech company that equips legal and compliance professionals with a powerful data-organizing and discovery platform—looked different in 2020. The highly collaborative environment of their Chicago headquarters transitioned to a virtual setting, and just like companies around the country, Relativity adapted their goals and major projects to a completely remote environment.
We recently chatted with two really awesome recruiters at Moody's who took the time to share some tips with us!
Humera Yasmeen, located in Bangalore, India, and Vytaute Syvoke, located in Vilnius, Lituania, shared some top-notch tips with us, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the company's culture and values, and how you can make your application stand out.
To learn more about Moody's and their open roles, click here.