Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


How to Chart your own Career Path in Open Source - Panel Discussion

There isn’t one way to build your career in open source as there are a variety of roles beyond writing code and many different routes into those roles. It’s also important for individuals to chart their own path that aligns with their unique experience and interest.

In this panel discussion, panelists will share how they got started in their career and their journey over the past two decades. For people looking for jobs in open source, we’ll discuss what we look for in candidates and why it’s not necessary to check all the boxes in job descriptions. We’ll also discuss challenges in balancing your day jobs vs. open source activities during your career.

In addition, we’ll also delve into other challenges and opportunities of an open source career that range from dealing with the impostor syndrome, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) challenges, exploring open source communities for self growth, and more.

The goal of this session is to help attendees feel more comfortable exploring opportunities in open source and be confident in charting their own path. Our panel members will share what contributed to their success and the lessons learned throughout their extensive experience in open source. This session is meant to be interactive, and we’ll encourage attendees to ask questions and engage in the conversation.


Photo of Dawn M Foster Dawn M Foster
Photo of Ray Paik Ray Paik
Photo of Ildiko Vancsa Ildiko Vancsa
Photo of Allison Randal Allison Randal