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Fifth week at Makers 

Week five arrived @ MA and is still on with different challenges and tasks to cover. First, we hit JavaScript & Jasmine and we hit it hard with diving into testing and redoing previous projects in the context of JS. I mean on Monday I was still deep in my chitter challenge and Ruby&Sinatra&Rspec and then Tuesday suddenly, go do fizzbuzz and a thermostat app with some weather API in JS. KTHXBYE! Quite surprising however that it was so much easier to swap and get used to it. It is scary how much your brain just gets used to absorb huge amounts of information in such a short time,  understand concepts,  the differences, and syntax.  But then again I love studying so this is not really a complaint! 😀 The 30 days of Vanilla JS challenge is on as well and it is absolutely my holiday plan to work on that. As it is to refactor all my previous repos and finish whichever challenge was not finished before. On the other hand, despite having a fun and only at times challenging week regarding code, I had to realize that even in London even at Makers some guys still think like it’s 1950 and women should just suck it up and not expect the same as men, like you know, do as your biology determines, whatever the heck that means for them, as they just wanted to let me know how much less I am. When I brought this topic to Codebar people and others it was so refreshing and reassuring to hear that most recruiters would indeed not hire such narrow-minded guys, in fact, they kinda prefer to hire women anyway, so there is that. (Go girls!). Quite frankly this sexism rubbish was building up for weeks, and always the same 2-3 people, so I had to do something. The amazing thing at Makers is that these issues were listened to, taken very seriously and now actions are being prepared and I am super looking forward to see how far we go with this. I mean I am involved in planning, they do want to know my insights, ideas how to tackle bullshit like this, and I am so ready for this. Even though I am just halfway there, It is such an important issue to change the tech scene (probably any scene if you ask me) and have more and more of an environment where people are respectful, tolerant,  supportive and partaking in gender equality and diversity issues. Because you know, this should be normal, not something we should still fight about and explain why we want the same options, treatment and rewards. However, I am quite aware of that this will annoy some, many, a lot who are in very privileged positions and make them feel, we are taking something from them, which is not the case, but as long as there are people thinking this way, we have to keep fighting. Meeting and talking to so many great people this week, who absolutely support this case made me feel so much better and in fact stronger.  If you ask me, a year ago not only could I not imagine to be able to code every day, all day, and be appreciated for this, but I also I could not imagine that I can just speak up, people listen to me, agree with me, I am not humiliated or punished for this, and things happen afterward. I think I am still living the dream and probably for a very long time, this feeling will stay with me. I think I am home finally.

How to land your first Software Developer job

Last night the kind and helpful Codebar with the collaboration of Lostmy.name provided an awesome 2 hr session on how to tackle common problems when somebody outside/inside of the tech industry plans to get their first graduate/ junior developer role. Apart from how helpful they were and how cool and trendy the whole office is, we learnt a lot (and the pizza and corona!!). Everyone was giving great ideas and I personally loved the individual stories. As myself some ppl came from totally different backgrounds and it felt super encouraging to hear it is possible to make it. Especially when one does not have money for a bootcamp, or struggles to convince ppl that coding is possible without a school:(

Summary:

  • Definitely work on your CV, have some summary, some lines about your projects, list your achievements, use a short but expressive design
  • Don’t exceed 2 pages and make sure you have a nice and tailored cover letter
  • An interview can take even a day, it has usually 3-4 bigger parts (phone interview, technical test/take home test/ personal interview / spending a few hours with the team etc, whiteboard exercise)
  • They want you to communicate, talk through the process
  • They don’t want perfect skills but a team player
  • Be eager to learn
  • Be curious and committed to the company’s goals and philosophy
  • Don’t be shy to ask
  • Or say you don’t know but you’ll look it up
  • Keep trying as it takes a while
  • Don’t give up! 🙂

 

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Codebar <3

I just came home from my weekly (in this case the second this week) Codebar  meeting and I just need to write it down, put this into words that how amazing this community is, how great these people and companies are. Every Wednesday in the last two-three months I was at a Codebar meeting, learning loads really, all for free, meeting absolutely amazing and super smart, motivated people. Made so many friends!! On top of how great Codebar tutorials are and how much you can actually pick up based on working with a tutor, the whole thing is just superb.  See music down to try to express this vaguely.

For those who never heard of Codebar, this is an interactive and supportive environment in the frame of a weekly workshop, where coaches and students meet and learn together. Every time you can bring your code problem (and laptop!) and a coach will be assigned to you and maybe one other student, who might work on the same issue, and you can ask and ask and learn a lot. Since it is a non-profit organisation, everyone really really appreciates all the efforts, help and support, and people are super nice and keen to help. I once asked a coach, why helping and teaching for free. The answer was because code is cool and it is awesome to talk about it and discuss it, especially when you meet so many keen students.

Codebar in their own words: “Our goal is to enable underrepresented groups to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities. To achieve this, we run free weekly workshops, regular events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible.”

So back to the evening that left me so full of happy emotions… The feels of figuring a code out on your own (just started Ruby literally last night so I have a chance to be a Makers student, and already wrote a few useful lines (thanks Conor!) shows how addictive this is.

So, I literally can’t wait till next time!

And to express even more; here is a song I listened to obsessively a few years ago (and I am still in deep love with), there is just something uplifting and absolutely beautiful about these Wednesdays (and Tuesdays!)!

https://youtu.be/sCzJQRVbWtE

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