Since graduating in International Relations, Krista had been to many places abroad either studying, researching her thesis or teaching English to an immigrant community. With her interest in computers and being in the flow when facing problem-solving challenges, Krista realised how much she wanted to switch a career into the tech sector. This interview will give you some insight on how she prepared for job interviews, which strategies she used applying for Microsoft Leap Apprenticeship Program.
Thank you Jill for taking your time sharing your coding journey. Jill was introduced to code through storytelling using data during her PhD in Molecular Biology and how she found out about machine learning. Learning to code has given her more freedom to choose her own path and able her to learn from may different industries. Read on to see tips for the newbies too. Please introduce yourself Hi, I am Jill.
This week’s coding journey is from Stefanni who is my fellow indie hacker and a self-taught developer. Even though Stefanni faced many rejections from job hunting at the beginning, She kept reminding herself the reasons why she wants to be a developer. Read on for the full journey below! Please introduce yourself Thanks for having me, Namwa! I’m Stefanni. I’m from Brazil but I live in Vancouver, BC. I’ve been working with Rails for the past 4 years and I love being part of the Ruby community.
From social worker turned data analyst/engineer and this is Eric’s journey into the tech industry. Please introduce yourself My name is Eric Burden, I’m an IT Senior Principal Consultant for NTT DATA Services in the State Health Consulting group. I’m currently serving as a Technical Analyst on a state Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS). My main role is to shepherd the ETL process from the legacy system to a newly procured system, making sure to maintain (or hopefully improve) data quality in the process.
Since young Amaka has always had a passion for computers. Unable to convince her dad to study computer science, she studied Medical Lab Science instead. While preparing for her Master degree in Public Health, this time she finally convinced her dad to shift to a career in tech. Here is how her coding journey began. Please introduce yourself Hello, My name is Chiamaka. I currently work as a frontend developer in a SAAS company.
Douglas worked in the restaurant business for 15 years before changing his career in his 30s. He overcame Attention Deficit Disorder and learned coding with the motto “work towards the goal little by little I just accomplish it”. Read on to learn more how he shifted his career into the tech industry. Please introduce yourself My name is Douglas King. I am a Senior Research Programmer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
From a non-tech background, Telmo used to be a grape picker , a bartender and used to work in a warehouse. Learning to code changed his life in many ways and now he’s a team lead in Marley Spoon. Read on to know how he did it. Please introduce yourself Hey, I’m Telmo and I’ve been coding since 2007. I’m currently a Team Lead at Marley Spoon. What was your background before learning to code?
From a Barista to a Frontend Developer. Brenda is a self-taught developer without a CS Degree. She actually has a background in Classical Music. This is her coding journey how she made a career transition into tech. Please introduce yourself Hey I’m Brenda and I am a Junior Front End Developer at Square Enix. What was your background before learning to code? I actually studied Classical Music specialising in piano performance at the University of Manchester but ended up working in hospitality in my 20’s.
Another inspiring coding journey to be learnt from! Dan is a truly self-taught developer who taught himself to code. How can he spent only 20 pounds throughout 9 months to learn code, you’ll find out in this article. Read on! Please introduce yourself Hey! I’m Dan and I’m currently working at an insurtech startup here in London. The company is By Bits (part of By Miles) and we are a SAAS Insurance Platform.
Porfirio has grown up on a farm, a school dropout and ran his own not so successful grocery store. Trying to find what he loves doing and has the most interest in, it took him a long time to rekindle his passion in tech. This is an inspiring coding journey on how he found the company he wanted to work for, and how he made it from a junior software developer to a CTO.
Left school at 16, worked in a bakery and restaurants, here she is, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio. Please meet Valériane! If you love french bread and pâtisserie, you don’t want to miss this article! Read on! There is a recommendation of a nice bakery in France too! Please introduce yourself. Hello, I’m Valériane, I’m a French Developer Evangelist. A Developer Evangelist’s role is to raise awareness on it’s company tech products towards the developer community.
From a sound engineer who lost a job during the pandemic to a software developer. Mack worked in live events as a sound engineer who managed teams of engineers and complex sound systems for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Kanye West. He enjoyed what he did but when the pandemic hit the world, he reconsidered his career choice. Going through bootcamp has landed him a job as a software engineer after a month searching for jobs.
From curiosity in customising a blog, developed into an interest in coding. Shakima started out in Early childhood education as a Teacher’s Aide, then had to switch to a role in customer service. Out of frustration, she rekindled with her past interest and dived into the tech world since. I hope you enjoy the journey! Hi Shakima, please introduce yourself I’m Shakima and I’m the Senior Solutions Specialist at Refersion.
This week I got a chance to connect with Rich on Twitter. He moved the country, was a scaffolder and made his way into the tech industry. I hope you enjoy reading! Please introduce yourself Hi I’m Rich, I’m a tech writer on the docs team at Prisma. Before that I was a frontend developer and before that a scaffolder. You can read stuff I write at richardhaines.dev and catch me on Twitter
There’re many approaches to land your first job in tech, especially when you’re a newbie. Rather than just submitting a CV, Katherine showed her work ethic to employers. I hope this interview would give you an insight. Please introduce yourself Hi, I’m Katherine. I currently work as a Software Engineer at a startup working on building a mental health app. My role involves developing in React, Ruby on Rails, and Swift.
“There isn’t one way learning how to code. The most important thing is to find your way”. Christine, an art school dropout found her own way of learning with the motto of “just a little bit more”. This is an interview with Christine and I hope you enjoy reading. Please introduce yourself I’m currently working as a Senior Software Engineer and Tech Lead at Clubhouse.io, where we build project management software.
I got to interview a political analyst who resigned from her job and changed her career to a software engineer. Enjoy reading! Please introduce yourself Hi, I’m Jing, a political analyst turned software engineer. I resigned from my previous role in January 2020 and received my first job offer in July 2020. Now I am a software engineer at Klarna and part of a team that is working on a new feature for the Klarna app.
I’ve been followed Laura on Twitter and seen her coding journey from before she started a Bootcamp. One day I saw this tweet that she got a job. I thought wow! That was quick! Here is an interview with Laura how she did it. Enjoy! Please introduce yourself I’m Laura, in May 2020 (at the age of 29) I discovered programming and in August I decided to make the career switch, I attended the General Assembly Software Engineering course and was just appointed to a role in Developer Relations (DevRel) starting Monday 18th January 2021.
Linda changed her path from a computer engineering (focus on hardware) student to a self-taught frontend developer and hired during a pandemic. Please introduce yourself My name is Linda Ikechukwu. I’m a Frontend developer. I currently work at Omnibiz (which is a subsidiary of Tolaram Group) as a React Js frontend developer. My primary responsibility is to maintain and implement new UI features for the omnibiz dashboard application. It’s an all-in-one saas sales solution for manufacturers and distributors.
I had a chance to talk with a self-taught developer who learned to code for 9 months before getting a job in tech. Nadia Zhuk is now a Ruby Developer at Zendesk and an aspiring writer.Recently, she wrote a book about how to learn to code and build a programming career, Crossing the Rubycon. Background before switching a career in the tech sector Nadia was an English translator and a journalist before she found her new challenging career in coding at age 25.