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As the seventh season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I reflect on the inspiring transformation stories we shared, including recaps of my favorite moments. I also share updates on LTCWM and my goals for 2020, including a sneak peek into what we’re working on next through the end of the year. Catch up on all eight episodes from Season 7 here or at learntocodewith.me/podcast: S7E1: Making the Pivot from Pastor to Web Designer with Chris Misterek S7E2: How an English Professor Became a Front-End Web Developer with Bekah Hawrot Weigel S7E3: How a Former Squarespace Developer Helps New Coders Build Strong Technical Resumes with Rebecca Garcia S7E4: An Introduction to Vue.js with Developer and Author Erik Hanchett S7E5: How a Passion for Patients turned this Pharmacist into a Software Developer with Newvick Lee S7E6: An Unexpected Shift from Selling Beer to Coding Bootcamp with Caitlyn Greffly S7E7: From Glassblower to Software Developer using Free Coding Resources with Michael Pimentel S7E8: Building a Robotics Career and the Impact of Mentorship with Camille Eddy You can also check out the podcast on YouTube at learntocodewith.me/youtube. This was a new experiment for Season 7, so we hope you’ll check it out and subscribe.
As a young aspiring astronaut in high school, Camille Eddy started building websites to pay for her college housing. She’s a first-generation STEM student, and with support from key mentors, today, Camille is a Product Engineer at Bloc and an International Public Speaker. In this episode, you’ll learn… How Camille got into robotics How mentors have played a critical role in her career Why Camille believes it’s so important to advocate for women and Black employees in tech How Camille found internships through her network, and how each internship shaped her career ------------------ To learn more about Camille Eddy, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast. ------------------ Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.
With barely enough income to support his wife and child, not to mention a poor working environment for his physical and mental health, Michael Pimentel wanted to move on from being a glassblower. That’s why after 9 years in the film industry, Michael decided to pursue a career in tech by using free online resources to teach himself how to code. If you’re considering a transition to tech from a non-traditional background, Michael offers great advice about teaching himself to code while working a physically intense full-time job, and how his tech career has evolved over the last three years. To learn more about Michael Pimentel, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/podcast. ------------- Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.
Caitlyn Greffly used to travel around the country selling beer, but it got tiring. So in pursuit of a more sustainable way of living, Caitlyn started teaching herself to code. She ended up joining a bootcamp and quickly received a job offer before she even completed the program, less than 6 months later. In this episode, Caitlyn talks about… Applying to boot camps, and how she came back after getting rejected the first time Her experience learning with Thinkful Finding a job in the middle of the boot camp The benefits of reaching out to experts for tips and shadowing opportunities The changes she had to make with her work due to COVID-19 ------------------ To learn more about Caitlyn Greffly, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast.
Newvick Lee is a software developer at WealthBar, a Canadian fintech company. He’s also working on Habitmon, a chatbot that helps with building habits. But before all this, Newvick was a pharmacist who helped people with mental health issues. In this episode, you’ll learn… How Newvick made the transition from pharmacist to software engineer without a computer science degree The importance of working on side projects when you're learning to code The advice Newvick shares for anyone who wants to make a tech career transition. So if you’re thinking about a change into tech and have no formal degree, this interview is for you. To learn more about Newvick Lee, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast. ------------------ Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.
Erik is a senior software engineer at an insurance technology company in Reno, Nevada. He’s also a tech author, podcast co-host, blogger, and YouTuber. Even though Erik has a traditional computer science degree, his path wasn’t very traditional. He took a break from college after a couple of semesters, took a job in tech support for a few years, and then went back to finish his degree. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today: Erik’s journey to becoming a senior software engineer Why having a CS degree doesn’t mean you don’t have to teach yourself to code Why Erik recommends learning the Vue.js framework And more! To learn more about Erik Hanchett, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast. ------------------ OPEN NOW! It’s our biggest sale of the year: The 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox. This week only, you can get access to 33 different technical online courses and books. Together, these courses would cost you $4,206. However, for this week only, you can snag them for a fraction of the cost. Specifically you can get them for 94% off. This bundle is perfect for beginners and intermediate folks alike. Learn more at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020.
Rebecca Garcia is a Career Coach & Product Manager who helps women build fulfilling six-figure careers in tech. Previously she was a Program Manager at Microsoft, Developer at Squarespace, and is currently a Technical Product Manager. Named one of the 'Top Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry' by Glamour Magazine, and a 'Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion' from former U.S. President Barack Obama. In this episode, Rebecca shares her story before walking through tips to build your technical resume, even if you’re a new coder. She also offers advice on what to do with your resume during this pandemic. To learn more about Rebecca Garcia, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast. ----- The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale. When you invest in our 2020 bundle, you’ll get access to a collection of products that can help you level up your coding skills and break into the tech industry. Get notified when the sale opens up by signing up at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020.
Bekah Hawrot Weigel is a mother of four and a former part-time English teacher who redefined her life through coding. As she was giving birth to her fourth child, Bekah experienced trauma that left her with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Feeling lost at the time, Bekah finally took on her husband’s crazy suggestion to learn to code (as he had a few years ago). She found coding surprisingly therapeutic, and a few years later, she graduated from Flatiron School and now works as a front-end web developer. To learn more about Bekah, Laurence Bradford, or Learn to Code With Me, visit learntocodewith.me/podcast. ----- The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale. When you invest in our 2020 bundle, you’ll get access to a collection of products that can help you level up your coding skills and break into the tech industry. Get notified when the sale opens up by signing up at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020.
With a full-time job as a worship pastor, and as a single dad of three girls, Chris Misterek needed a job where he could earn money working from home. On a friend’s recommendation, he started looking into web design, and within 18 months he was able to double his income through Upwork before landing a job at technology company Showit.
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Host Laurence Bradford shares an update on Learn to Code with Me, including what’s new for Season 7 of the podcast. She also shares a few major updates on her life and business since Season 6 wrapped in October 2019, plus an exciting look at what’s to come in this 8-episode season of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast.
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SEO expert and digital marketing entrepreneur, Tommy Griffith, talks about the sacrifices it takes to make a side gig work, how to get your first customers, and when to leave your full-time job to go all-in on your project.
Clément Mihailescu learned to code and landed a job at Google in just 6 months. He shares how he did it, how to prepare for technical interviews, and what it’s like balancing a side gig with a full-time job.
Ina Yulo is the global manager for BrightTALK's FinTech community but her career began in advertising. She shares how she fell into tech, how FinTech is disrupting the finance world, and the most common mistake new businesses make.
Career Karma founder Ruben Harris talks in-depth about coding bootcamps, including their history, how to know if one is right for you, income share agreements, and the hybrid between bootcamps and traditional colleges.
Sheila FitzPatrick, who is considered one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws in over 160 countries, explains the basics of data privacy and what developers and small tech businesses need to know.
Is getting a college degree worth it if you want to be a software engineer? Mosh Hamedani discusses the best ways to teach yourself tech skills, and why college education may not be the best route for software engineering.
In this special anniversary episode, I’m interviewed by my friend and former colleague, Jess Catorc. I talk about how I started my career in an unrelated field, why I started learning to code, why I started LTCWM, and my experiences working in tech.
The Sprout Society founder Nicole Swartz discusses how you can start your own business, the important elements that make up a business plan, and some of the behind-the-scenes operations that go into starting a business.
Full-time software engineer and part-time YouTuber Forrest Knight shares his advice on choosing the best laptop to suit your needs, whether it’s for programming or also to do more demanding tasks like gaming.
Homeschooling mom of four and freelance web developer Sarah Greer explains what it’s like to freelance, how she landed her first clients, what she wishes she’d known when she first got started, and lots more.
Lenora Porter discusses how she hustled her way into tech and redefined what it means to be an artist in a world of technology. We also learn about her career journey, how she landed her first design job and so much more.
Sameer Syed works at Jigsaw, building technology to fight online censorship. He shares the steps he took to transition into tech from a totally unrelated field and gives advice on how others can do the same.
Laurence announces a short break and shares where you can follow her online in the meantime. She also shares the details of a free upcoming training called How To Close Your First Web Development Client In Under 90 Days.
Team Treehouse's Chief Product Officer Londa Quisling talks us through the different kinds of tech jobs found within organizations. We also chat about how coding skills can help people in a “middle skill job”, and how to future-proof yourself in the world of tech.
Eileen Ho became a software engineer at LinkedIn after working as a math teacher for almost a decade. She discusses the fears she had about her new career, common stereotypes about working in tech, and what to consider before pursuing a career in tech.
In this episode, I speak with Ashu Desai, the founder of Make School. We talk about his experience building his first app at 16, why he dropped out of college, and how to build a portfolio that stands out.
Android developer Elvis Chidera explains how he taught himself to code using a Nokia phone, how he got his first freelancing clients, and how he landed a job at an MIT startup. He also shares his favorite free tools for learning to code.
Mike Tombor has two kids, a fiance, a full-time job, and is also teaching himself how to code. In this episode, we discuss what it’s like learning to code while having so many other responsibilities, and how he finds the time to fit it all in.
David Yang is the co-founder and lead instructor at Fullstack Academy. We discuss David’s journey from software engineer to bootcamp founder, and the differences between attending a coding bootcamp and getting a college degree.
Vidya Srinivasan is an engineer, speaker, and singer. She works as Program Manager at Microsoft, as well as chairing conferences and panels, performing, lecturing, and so much more - all while defying the stereotypes as a new mom in tech.
Allan Leinwand is the chief technology officer at ServiceNow and is responsible for building and running the ServiceNow Enterprise Cloud. We talk about machine learning, how you can pursue a career in this field, and more.
Lillian Pierson is a freelance data scientist and founder of Big Data Gal and Data-Mania. We talk about working from home (or rather working remotely and traveling the world), building an online brand, and how she uses social media to land clients.
Bill Sourour, founder of DevMastery.com, has spent 20 years as a programmer, architect, and consultant. Bill discusses his transition from tech, to theater and stand-up comedy, and back into tech. He also outlines the skills you need to be a freelancer.
Bridget Kromhout spent 15 years as an operations engineer and now works at Microsoft as a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate. We discuss her career at Microsoft, the importance of extracurricular activities to boost your career, and more.
Fernando Hidalgo is a self-taught data scientist who went from being a teacher’s assistant to a data scientist in just one and a half years. We talk about how to get into data science, and how anybody can teach themselves advanced tech skills.
Josh Doody is a salary negotiation coach and the author of Fearless Salary Negotiation. We discuss strategies and tactics for getting paid what you're worth, the difference between negotiating a job offer and a promotion, and more.
In today’s episode I talk with Christine Chapman, a software engineer at Audible. We chat about what it’s like interviewing at Amazon, giving back to the community with your tech skills, and much more.
Neel Mehta is a senior at Harvard and a co-author of Swipe to Unlock: The Non-Coder's Guide to Technology and the Business Strategy Behind It. We talk about his internships at Microsoft and Khan Academy, interviewing at top tech companies, and more.
In today’s episode I talk with Alice Zhao, a senior data scientist at Metis. We talk about her background in analytics, the importance of storytelling in data science, and her advice for anyone who wants to get into data science.
In this second episode of Season 4, I talk with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, the CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment. We chat about what DevOps is, the skills a DevOps career requires, and how anyone can get started in DevOps.
Chris Wysopal is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Veracode, where he oversees technology strategy and information security. In our conversation, he talks about challenges and career options in the field of security.
Anant Agarwal is a professor at MIT, as well as the founder and CEO of edX - an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. We talk about how and why edX was started, trends in online learning, and Anant’s advice for high schoolers.
Laura Medalia is a software engineer and avid Instagram user. She majored in english, but taught herself code on the side. From college she got a job in a health tech startup. Laura shares how she crushes the coding stereotypes through her Instagram.
Yasmine Mustafa is the CEO and founder of ROAR for Good, a hardware company that provides women with technology to help keep them safe. In this interview she shares with us her journey into tech and how she led Girl Develop It into Philly.
Jamal O’Garro lost his job in finance and was unemployed for a year before he taught himself how to code and set up Code Crew. In this interview, Jamal shares some of the best resources available and how important it is to build a network of peers.
Alexandra Dickinson, the CEO and founder of Ask For It, shares her advice on the art of negotiation both in the workplace and at home. She shares some great tips on making more money from a new job or a raise.
Zac Otero dropped out of high school and worked at factories and other odd jobs before becoming a Salesforce admin. In this interview, Zac shares how he taught himself Salesforce and made the giant career switch.
Codeverse co-founder and CMO Katy Lynch tells us how she created Kidscript - a programming language for children. She also tell us about her mission to teach 1 billion kids how to code and offers advice for anyone starting a business.
Seema Gururaj is the Founder and CEO of Square Circle Inc., a platform that empowers women technologists to grow their profile as an expert. In this interview, Seema offers advice for women who want to get ahead in their tech career and build a reputation as a leader.
Janina Kutyn is an iOS developer who has lived in four countries around the world. In our conversation, she shares what it was like working at Apple, what led her start (and later end) her side hustle, Silicon Sweetheart, and much more.
Steven Harms, Dev Bootcamp's Director of Curriculum, describes how he first got into tech. He also shares how his career evolved from working as a software engineer to helping others become software engineers.
Sam Gimbel is Co-Founder and Head of Product at Clark, an app for tutors to manage all aspects of their businesses. Before starting Clark, Sam spent six years working as a PM in NYC at companies like Digital Ocean, DramaFever, and more.
Tracy Lee, co-founder at This Dot and a Google Developer Expert, describes how she first got into tech after running her own startups for 5+ years. In this interview, she shares advice on learning to code, speaking at events, and much more.