Set Goals That Will Bring Balance And Happiness with Camille Fournier

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Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier is an engineering executive, author of the books “The Manager’s Path” and “97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know.” She began her career with Microsoft in 2001 as a Software Design Engineer and by 2014 had been appointed Chief Technology Officer of Rent the Runway. She is now the Managing Director of Two Sigma, with responsibility for management and strategy. Camille talks about the value in becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable tasks that can energise our career paths. She also discusses why setting the right goals will lead to a more balanced life.


Camille Fournier

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2 Top Career Tips

1) If your goal is to grow your career, you must be comfortable with being uncomfortable The things outside out comfort zones are the things that push us forward.
2) Figuring out what makes you happy is tough, but finding goals that keep you focused will lead to a well-balanced life.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

At Camille’s first full time job at Microsoft, there was a sense that despite her qualifications, she had no idea what life in the sector was actually like. Afraid to ask too many questions, Camille found that it was difficult to settle in, and felt very lost.

Career Highlight

Camille presented an engineering strategy to board members, having refined and constructed it with guidance, and found herself promoted as a result.

The Future

The sector is very accommodating in terms of skill sets. You can come from anywhere and make a splash through dedication and hard work.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Camille was encouraged by her family, and has a natural attraction to computing.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

You’ll be happier working with people, and in a culture, that you enjoy.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Any advice that comes from someone who is not qualified in that area.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Camille would find a job sooner, and ask more questions.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Camille would like to be a little more “zen”, and to be the best leader she can be.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

The ability to write and explain things very clearly.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Camille is constantly interested in thinking about why things work the way they do.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Camille spends time with her children, enjoys reading, travel, and keep fit.

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