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Rachel's Career Story: Waterloo, Yelp, Airbnb

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Rachel moved to Canada in high school, and then attended the University of Waterloo where she picked up programming for the first time.

  • She did various internships as part of the co-op program, and her first job out of college was at Yelp.
  • After 9 years at Yelp, Rachel had become a Director of Engineering there.
  • Since 2020, Rachel has been an Engineering Lead at Airbnb, heading up the search product there.

Rachel's core learning: The times where you're uncomfortable and struggle are the times you learn the most. Stay calm and embrace the more difficult times in your career - When you view these situations as a growth opportunity, that's how you come out of them stronger than you were before.