Career Stories: Learning and growing through mentorship and community
September 13, 2023
Lekshmy has always been interested in a role in a company that would allow her to use her people skills and engineering background to help others. Working as a software engineer at various companies led her to hear about the company culture at LinkedIn. After some focused networking, Lekshmy landed her position at LinkedIn and has been continuing to excel ever since.
How did I get my job at LinkedIn? Through LinkedIn.
Before my current role, I had heard great things about the company and its culture. After hearing about InDays (Investment Days) and how LinkedIn supports its employees, I knew I wanted to work there.
While at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET), I knew I wanted to pursue a career in software engineering. Engineering is something that I’m good at and absolutely love, and my passion for the field has only grown since joining LinkedIn. When I graduated from CET, I began working at Groupon as a software developer, starting on databases, REST APIs, application deployment, and data structures. From that role, I was able to advance into the position of software developer engineer 2, which enabled me to dive into other software languages, as well as the development of internal systems. That’s where I first began mentoring teammates and realized I loved teaching and helping others. It was around this time that I heard of LinkedIn through the grapevine.
Joining the LinkedIn community
Everything I heard about LinkedIn made me very interested in career opportunities there, but I didn’t have connections yet. I did some research and reached out to a talent acquisition manager on LinkedIn and created a connection which started a path to my first role at the company.
When I joined LinkedIn, I started on the LinkedIn Talent Solutions (LTS) team. It was a phenomenal way to start because not only did I enjoy the work, but the experience served as a proper introduction to the culture at LinkedIn. I started during the pandemic, which meant remote working, and eventually, as the world situation improved, we went hybrid. This is a great system for me; I have a wonderful blend of being in the office and working remotely. When I'm in the office, I like to catch up with my team by talking about movies or playing games, going beyond work topics, and getting to know each other. With LinkedIn’s culture, you really feel that sense of belonging and recognize that this is an environment where you can build lasting connections.
LinkedIn: a people-first company
If you haven't been able to tell already, even though I mostly work with software, I truly am a people person. I just love being part of a community. At the height of the pandemic, I’ll admit I struggled with a bit of imposter syndrome and anxiety. But I wasn’t sure how to ask for help. I talked with my mentor at LinkedIn, and they recommended I use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that LinkedIn provides.
I was nervous about taking advantage of the program, but I am so happy that I did. The EAP helped me immensely when everything felt uncertain, and I truly felt that the company was on my side, giving me the space and resources to help relieve my stress. Now, when a colleague struggles with something similar, I recommend they consider the EAP, knowing firsthand how effective it is.
Building a path for others’ growth
With my mentor, I was also able to learn about and become a part of our Women in Technology (WIT) WIT Invest Program. WIT Invest is a program that provides opportunities like networking, mentorship check-ins, and executive coaching sessions. WIT Invest helped me adopt a daily growth mindset and find my own path as a mentor for college students. When mentoring, I aim to build trust and be open, allowing an authentic connection to form. The students I work with come to me for all kinds of guidance; it’s just one way I give back to the next generation and the wider LinkedIn community. Providing the kind of support my mentor gave me early on was a full-circle moment for me.
Working at LinkedIn is everything I thought it would be and more. I honestly wake up excited to work every day. In my three years here, I have learned so much, met new people, and engaged with new ideas, all of which have advanced my career and helped me support the professional development of my peers. I am so happy I took a leap of faith and messaged that talent acquisition manager on LinkedIn. To anyone thinking about applying to LinkedIn, go for it. Apply, send a message, and network—you never know what one connection can bring!
Based in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, Lekshmy is a Senior Software Engineer on LinkedIn’s Hiring Platform Engineering team, focused on the Internal Mobility Project. Before joining LinkedIn, Lekshmy held various software engineering positions at Groupon and SDE 3. Lekshmy holds a degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum, and is a trained classical dancer. Outside of work, Lekshmy enjoys painting, gardening, and trying new hobbies that pique her interest.
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