Diana Kimball

Senior Community Manager

SoundCloud

Find me online:

“I lead a team that supports creators in finding their audience.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Senior Community Manager

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of COMMUNICATING / SHARING STORIES and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and MUSIC.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I wake up in the morning in my apartment in Berlin. I roll over to pick up my phone and scroll through the emails that came in overnight; I work for a global company, so part of my team works nine time zones away. Once I've taken care of any urgent matters, I travel to the office by tram. For the rest of the day, I alternate between writing emails and participating in meetings. Every few weeks, I stand in front of my colleagues and share the work we're doing for creators.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

If you can find a way to learn just enough computer science to be dangerous, amazing opportunities will find their way to you. My current role isn't strictly related to programming, but my knowledge of Ruby and SQL comes in handy on a weekly basis. If technology is the future, understanding its building blocks (and being able to play around with them) will serve you well.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Senior Community Manager

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Graduate - Communications

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - Harvard University, History, General
  • Graduate - Harvard University, Business Administration and Management, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

High school is the perfect time to explore interests that could become lifelong loves. I can't count the number of job interviews where I've cited my 6-hour-a-day high school AOL Instant Messenger habit as proof of my long-held love of technology and the internet. When you interview at an exciting company one day, they'll be looking for what makes your eyes light up. Try lots of things and go deep on the ones that spark something in you.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY TEACHERS

“You should get a Ph.D. in History.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

When one of my professors encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D. in his field, I started to worry that he would be disappointed if I chose another path. Eventually, I realized that I could take his encouragement as a compliment without following his advice. Just because he saw a bit of himself in me didn't mean I needed to take the same road he did.

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