Udara Weerasinghege Quick Responder

 Canada

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Software Engineer - Square

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About me
Hello there! My name is Udara and I'm a full-stack engineer with over 5 years of technical experience. Currently, I’m working as a Software Engineer at Square. Previously, I worked at Wealthsimple, Mozilla, and EventMobi. When I’m not working or mentoring, you can find me playing video games, table tennis, reading, and writing.

My Journey
When I was in university I had no idea what to focus on to stand out to employers. I didn’t know how to write a good resume or how to do well in technical interviews. At the end of my second year, I had a terrible GPA, and no experience to speak of.

Luckily, I had several side projects that helped me secure an internship. This eventually led to me dropping out of university to pursue full-time work.

At my first job, I had poor communication skills, didn’t know what to talk about during my 1on1s with my manager, and had no idea what skills I needed to work on other than coding. I went in blind and stumbled a lot. It was by talking to senior engineers, and people that had been in the industry a long time that I finally managed to find my path.

Since I began my career, I’ve learnt and grown a ton. I’ve led large projects spanning multiple teams, become heavily involved in the hiring process at various companies, and remodelled how I approach my career and work. I’ve started a blog, grown my network exponentially, and helped junior engineers develop their skills.

What I can do for you:
My goal as a mentor is to help make your journey smoother than mine. I try to be the type of mentor I wish I had early in my career. To this end, I’ve mentored and advised dozens of students over the last five years.

I can help you:
- ✨ spruce up your resume to stand out in the crowd.
- 💻 assist you with personal projects to advance your technical skills.
- 🎤conduct mock interviews to find areas for improvement and help secure your next job or internship.
- 💸 negotiate your salary (I 5x’d my salary in 5 years)
- 🌐 grow your network by connecting you to folks you’re interested in
- 🎯 set up a career plan work towards it
- 😎 make a great first impression at your first job
- 💼 work towards your next promotion

Frameworks and technical areas I’m familiar with:
- Ruby - Ruby on Rails
- Python - Django
- HTML/CSS/Javascript - React, Node, Angular, Webpack
- sql, git, circleci

If I can help you in any of the areas I've mentioned or just want to chat, please reach out! I look forward to hearing from you!

You can also check out what I'm up to at udaraw.com

Excellent mentor. Gives regular feedback, tasks to complete and personalized career advice.

Testimonial by Ty from January 2021
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