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g0g0gadget's profile thumbnail
Thanks much for this post, Kathryn! What advice would you give to someone with a very small amount of software experience who’d like to get their first job in robotics?
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Hi there! One idea: contact companies you're interested in, and express interest in entry positions such as test-engineer, data collection etc. These are roles that can be less exciting, but you get *great* exposure to the robotics system, so it's a great stepping stone. *and* we often select candidates for these roles based on hunger/willingness to do the necessary work
g0g0gadget's profile thumbnail
Thanks for this insight, Kathryn!
robotgrrl's profile thumbnail
@kathrynzealand Dear Kathryn,Thank you for your thoughtful post about robotics and the future. It touches on the most important point, the people behind the robots. It is amazing to see how big of a change the role title / call for action had!One of the reasons why I find the robotics field so magical is how it touches many sectors - from medicine, to space, to our environment, and even more. We get to see how the tech we work on can make ripples of impact. Robotics is one of the ultimate endeavours in systems engineering.Would love to share with you some of my robot story as it exemplifies some of your points!While developing a robot to clean beaches of plastic pollution, I've learned the full stack of robotics development - from circuit boards, to programming, to design and fabrication. This lead me to testing the robot on the beach for an entire summer, recruiting volunteers to help who contributed improvements to the robot. We crowdsourced a replication of the robot at a conference, and even tested the robot at a national space agency analogue terrain! Now am collaborating with an international team on a different fishing robot - we're completing version 2.Being on the beach with robots in the summer was really interesting! Kids usually expect tech to be in the classroom - not outside. This was the perfect setting to demonstrate how robots can impact our environment for the better. To your point about the importance of social impact, this is exactly what we saw as well. More girls were interested in learning about the robot because they could see it was helping their local park. Two girls who participated in our robot field test then later got a robot kit of their own, and started building miniature versions of the beach robot! :DPersonally, I am relentless at learning every single part about robotics. I've been on this quest for more than a decade, doing so while on an unconventional (non-academic) path. One of the shining goals? I've always wanted to make it to X! Yet, always seem unqualified. I don't know how to put all of this into a format that won't be screened out. It would really be wonderful to discuss with you about robots and the future. Could we connect?Peace & robots,-EK
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Shucks, no reply yet! Fingers crossed...