The Time Evolution of Olivia and Joining the Quantum Workforce
My path to my current role, as the North American Lead at IBM Quantum, started back in 11th grade when I watched Cosmos on DVD for the first time and decided then and there to become a physicist. In my career I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work in the emerging field of quantum computing in many aspects: I teach summer schools, make YouTube videos, and conduct research both on hardware and through the Qiskit SDK. While I didn't even know a job like this would be an option back when I was in 11th grade, I will discuss how following your instincts and passions can lead to a fulfilling, if non-traditional career. This talk will focus half on the winding road I took through college and grad school to eventually end up studying both quantum computing and STEM education, and half on best practices to be successful at internships, job applications, and interviews.