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I'm a Developer Educator now! ๐Ÿฅณ

alejandra_quetzalli profile image Alejandra Quetzalli ๐Ÿพ ใƒปUpdated on ใƒป4 min read

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Today, I start a new job as a Developer Educator for the Conversation Platform Developer Experience team at Expedia Group.

(FYI, not to be confused by Expedia, the online travel agency and metasearch engine owned by Expedia Group.)

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Wait, who is hiring for Developer Educators?

So far, I've seen it placed under Developer Experience orgs. It appears to be a hybrid role that also bears a lot of similarities with Developer Advocacy (DA), which is how I accidentally got interested in this area.

What are my new job duties as a Developer Educator?

Here's a snippet of what my new job entails... ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Build, maintain, and own the Conversation Platform documentation and training content.
  • Write programs in a variety of different programming languages: Java, Kotlin, Swift, JavaScript, and Python (I think once I dive into the actual docs I'll know better which ones I'll use more...).
  • Build quick start samples, demos, example apps, and other developer productivity tools.
  • Contribute to and provide feedback on APIs, SDKs, and platform functionality.
  • Provide developer support for the Conversation Platform concepts, tutorials, and APIs.
  • Maintaining support channels such as Slack, GitHub, etc. Alt Text

Can you tell us more about the Expedia Group Conversation Platform?

This is the blurb that originally caught my eye and I thought it would be cool to share it directly with you too.๐Ÿ˜ƒ

"Do you want to work with state of the art technologies such as real-time streaming, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning? Our goal is to build the best conversational bot platform that can meet customers on any channel (social, SMS, web, or voice), use AI/ML to understand/anticipate their needs, and deliver unparalleled service."

The Conversation Platform enables millions of travelers to have natural language conversations with an automated agent via text, Facebook, or their channel of choice. It lets you book trips, make changes or cancellations, and asks questions:

-โ€œHow long is my layover?โ€ โ€œDoes my hotel have a pool?โ€ How much will I get charged if I want to bring my golf clubs?โ€-

Then it takes all that we know about a customer across all of the Expedia Group brands and applies machine learning models to give customers automatically a straightforward answer or a complex new itinerary.

Why did I make a career transition into Developer Education?

Well, there were mainly 2 components of this decision.

One, I am autistic and tired of DevRel teams acting "iffy" about me being an out-of-the-closet autistic woman with the need for a service dog. Oh, they all pretend that there isn't prejudice in the world about "being autistic," but it's a lie. DevRel still has a lot of growing up to do, and it's still largely run by egos and techies obsessed with being seen on stage. Until the DevRel world truly diversifies more, I really needed a break. At least for a little bit.๐Ÿ’•

Two, you've probably noticed by now that the Developer Educator job sounds extremely similar to the Technical Writer job also found at the big tech companies.

For a long time, I have been DYING to transition into owning API Docs and training content. But even though I applied to quite a few Technical Writing roles at several of the big tech companies, nothing was really moving forward. (Thank you, Corona๐Ÿฆ .)

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I was starting to feel disappointed about this when I came across these Developer Educator roles popping up. (In the past 2 months, I interviewed for this role at 3 different companies.) When I saw how that role fit under Developer Experience and that it would allow me to own developer docs, I basically FREAKED OUT with excitement!

Just like that, I KNEW that I wanted to try this out.

Why Expedia Group?

One, it helps when they actually give you an offer.

Ok, I snark. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Two, the hiring director and interviewers started the interviews by asking about Canela๐Ÿพ! They even wanted to see her! I don't think any other company started their interviews by getting excited about my service dog?! LOL!
It's the little things ๐Ÿ™ƒ...

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Three, I didn't run into any of the typical ๐Ÿšฉred flags๐Ÿšฉ I look out for as a #WomanInTech. You know, things like arrogant team members in the interview loop or a hiring manager that comes across as less than stellar.

I also have to add that because during the past 2 months I'd been talking and/or interviewing with 10+ companies, I was EXHAUSTED. When I jumped on the Expedia Group interview loop, I remember being particularly brain dead.๐Ÿ˜‚ And yet, each of the interviewers made me feel valuable! They also really showed concern about me getting breaks between the interviews.

When they sent me the offer, it was a great and fair one. But, I of course asked for 10K more, since I honestly felt that was fair to ask. At this point, I waited to see if any ๐Ÿšฉred flags๐Ÿšฉ came up. What I mean by this, is that I have actually had several bad experiences with male hiring managers acting surprised when a woman asks for more money. I wanted to make sure the New Boss wasn't one of those, if you get what I mean!

To my surprise, they approved my extra 10K in 2 days!

This speedy turnaround honestly made me feel that the hiring director did, in fact, value my work experience and knowledge. And having leadership that values you is seriously the most important part sometimes.

Aren't you gonna tell us about the 10+ companies and how that all went?!

Sure!

But that's another blog post, for another day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On to new learnings and wish me luck!

~Alejandra๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ y Canela๐Ÿพ

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Enyichi A. Agu • Edited

Wow. Congratulations to you.

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Alejandra Quetzalli ๐Ÿพ Author

Oh my, I love the code element!! I didn't even know you could do that in comments!! :D

Thank you !!

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Saurabh

Congratulations Alejandra on your New Role ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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Robin Moffatt

Nice write up, I love it when people share this kind of info. All the best in the new role!

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Alejandra Quetzalli ๐Ÿพ Author

thank you so much! The only sad thing about taking this role is that I won't get to work with YOU :D

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Ricardo Sueiras

Wooho, awesome. Glad to see you back on Dev.to and look forward to reading and watching what you create.

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Alejandra Quetzalli ๐Ÿพ Author

thank you, Ricardo! :)

I will be writing more soon, so happy :D

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Jitendra Patil

All the best for your new role at EG!

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Alejandra Quetzalli ๐Ÿพ Author

thank you โ˜บ๏ธ

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Michael Chan

Wish you the best! The role sounds like a great fit, glad you were able to find a good team. And any role that is education related is honorable and even vital in my book. Good luck!

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Alejandra Quetzalli ๐Ÿพ Author

Why thank you so much, Michael! I felt the same way, loved the educational aspect :)

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