How to Create and Prepare for Opportunity

How to Create and Prepare for Opportunity


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How to Create and Prepare for Opportunity


Applications Open:


  • Folks in tech considering a change or pivot
  • Those feeling stuck in current role and looking to expand


  • Discussions on:
    • Goal setting: articulating what you want to do and why
    • Skill/experience framing: identifying your work experience/skills and how it can be applicable to another role
    • Online presence: let the jobs come to you!
    • Mindset: skills and attributes to survive change


  • Portfolio review
  • Hard skill acquisition

Qualification Criteria

Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)
Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Twice 
Day / Time:  Saturday at 3:00 
Timezone: PDT

* You must meet the qualification criteria AND be able to attend the posted day/time of the circle (please note the timezone posted)


This group is dedicated to helping folks in tech cultivate and prepare for career opportunities, even in these uncertain times. Whether you’re considering a role change, feeling stuck, or just curious about what else might be out there, this circle provides the support and guidance you need to navigate the practical considerations of change and foster your professional growth.

Early in my career, I made some unexpected transitions that changed my career and gave me opportunities I had never thought of. I first transitioned from a QA engineer at a pharmaceutical software company to an entry-level job at Industrial Light and Magic. Then six years later, I moved from a TD role to directing animated shorts. Through these experiences, I’ve learned how to navigate change, generate opportunities, and prepare practically and emotionally for new challenges. I’m excited to share my journey and insights with you.

Join us as we explore strategies for career advancement, discuss how to handle transitions, and support each other in our professional journeys. Let’s work together to unlock new possibilities and set ourselves up for long-term success in the ever-evolving field of technology.

ADDITIONAL Application Requirements

Please submit the following as part of your Application Profile:
*(AFTER you click to apply, you must go into your member profile and complete the member-specific portion; these requirements should be submitted through that profile):  

  • Resume
  • Brief statement of career goals

Circle Leader

Haili Fransham

Haili Fransham is an animation director based in Los Angeles, CA. She directed the animated shorts featured on Skybound Entertainment’s “The Walking Dead: Last Mile” on Facebook Live and is currently hard at work on personal projects. Prior to her work in animation, she worked at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco. With a background in VFX, Performance Capture and Virtual Production, Haili is passionate about projects that blend cutting edge technology and art.


Current Title: Animation Director

Studio / Employer:  Self-Employed


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