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I’m Starting a Mentorship Program for Underrepresented People in Tech

Update: Applications are open! Details on how to apply here. I remember when I made the decision to quit my bartending job and focus on writing code full time. It was 4 am, and I was standing behind the front bar of a busy Wicker Park club, wearing a blue wig.  The theme of the party I was bartending was “Fight or Flight”, so I was dressed like Brittany Spears from the toxic video.  The dance floor was packed with people dressed like pilots, flight attendants, boxers, and ninjas. I felt like I understood some basics of Ruby, Python, and other languages that I’d been teaching myself, but something was missing. I didn’t know how to put it all together to write code like a professional would. I turned around to my friend Shaun who was a software engineer and told him my plan.  To celebrate, he bought a round of shots for everyone…

Instagram Live #2 : Freelancing, Mixing Work with Travel, Going from Junior to Mid, and my #1 Interviewing Tip

I did another Instagram Live today.   I was less concerned about how I looked or mixing up my words than I was yesterday.  I was more concerned with why my mom was hopping on Instagram Live, talking about “What time are you making me dinner?” This Instagram Live ended up being 45 minutes long, and it’s still up on my Instagram now.  If you want to catch the next one, follow me on Instagram, and DM me when you do.  I’ll make sure I’ll account for your time zone when planning the next one 🙂 On Freelancing I’ve been getting a lot more questions about freelancing lately.  So many, that I’ve decided that season 3 of the SheNomads podcast is going to focus solely on freelancing. For those of you who haven’t listened to the podcast, season 1 was on Being a Digital Nomad.  Season 2 is being recorded now…

Instagram Live: Remote Interviews, Switching Careers and Finding Jobs

I thought I was going to be babysitting on my lunch break (one of the perks of working from my parent’s house this week) but turns out my expert auntie services weren’t needed.  So, I decided to do a quick Q and A on Instagram Live. Q1: So I got my certificate in web dev and I’m studying CS, but I am trying to find a creative role in tech that fits me. I haven’t applied to anything yet but everything I look at seems to want you to have lots of experience (I’m a newbie) and it seems like I have to be in an office. I don’t want boredom to run me away from my interest. Can you give me a few pointers/advice? I’m a tech girl but more than anything a creative. My main point of advice here was to think about the companies you’re applying to, and…

Getting Kids Into Tech and Speaking at Conferences with Catt Small

{ Episode 25 } “Fashion and makeup and all these things that are pushed toward young women: that’s a big space where they could be learning more about programming and coding.” ~ Catt Small What we talked about in this episode: Her e-book “How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year” How speaking at tech conferences has helped her career The games she uses to teach kids how to code How her love for fashion inspired her to learn how to code in her pre-teen years What inspired her to start learning to code at a young age What makes her decide to apply to speak at a conference What makes her decide to skip a conference { we should all be doing this } How to tailor your talk to the right conference { Episode Links } Catt on Twitter, a game she uses to teach kids to…

Life at Dev Bootcamp with Esther Leytush

{ Episode 21 } Esther and I met back at WindyCity Rails in Chicago.  She was one of the speakers, I was one of the organizers/MC. After hearing her talk, I knew I had to interview her for SheNomads.  Her appreciation for non-traditional paths in tech and talent as a speaker made me think she’d be a great fit for the podcast. Also, I knew she could answer questions that I get a lot, but don’t have enough context to answer. People often ask me if a Bootcamp can replace a traditional college education.  I dropped out twice and didn’t go to a Bootcamp, so I’m the wrong person to ask! But, I found the right person to ask, and that person is Esther. As much as I have opinions on it { spoiler alert: I think college is a waste of money, and more importantly…time }, I think asking someone…

On Joining the SheNomads Book Club

{ This is a guest post by Eriol Fox. If you like it, send Eriol Japanese candy, practice Japanese with Eriol on Slack, and join our book club 🙂 } I love to read. I do it every day without fail. I am also notorious for starting books, not finishing them and moving on to another. I have about 30+ books on the go at any given time. I’d not long joined the busy and supportive community of She Nomads when a book club was organized. I had been looking for a community to join that shared my values, interest in tech and supported other going ‘Digital Nomad’ and She Nomads was this! At first, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the readings and the chapter discussions, but I was determined and excited to have a community of people that wanted to talk about topics…

5 Ways to Become a Strong Junior Developer

“What language should I learn?” “Should I figure out how to write tests?” “What programming book should I buy?” ​ These are questions that used to appear in my inbox and Twitter mentions on a daily basis. I used to respond with a series of follow-up questions like “why do you want to learn?” or “what do you want to build?” The answers varied, but the result is typically the same. The person who reached out would say thank you and occasionally update me with their process. My inbox was getting difficult to keep up with, so I started inviting people to chat with me on Slack.  { BTW if you need an invite, sign up for our newsletter, or msg me on Instagram } Slack made it easier to answer questions in bulk at my convenience.  It also meant that fewer questions were being asked.  People could hop into channels…