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The Learn to Code With Me podcast, created by Laurence Bradford, is for aspiring techies and self-taught coders looking to transition into the tech industry. Want actionable insights on how you can get paid for your coding skills? Then you're in the right place!
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Danny Thompson was at a crossroads. He had to decide between staying at his job as a gas station fry cook or making a drastic career shift. And after learning to code as a hobby, Danny now works full-time at Google in Developer Relations.  In this episode, Danny talks about his job search strategy and how he landed his first job in tech. He also shares the value of meaningful relationships in your career, how anyone at any age and background can learn how to code, and his best advice if you’re considering a career change. To learn more about Danny Thompson, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/s8e2. Thank you to our sponsor this season, Linode. Host your app, website, or service on the cloud from just $5 a month, plus get $100 in credit when you create a new account at linode.com/learntocode.
In today’s episode, Phoebe Voong-Fadel talks about how she structured her days and found time to code as a stay-at-home mom, when she felt ready to start freelancing, tips for job hunting as a self-taught developer, advice for parents who want to learn to code, and more! To learn more about Phoebe Voong-Fadel, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/s8e1. Thank you to our sponsor this season, Linode. Host your app, website, or service on the cloud from just $5 a month, plus get $100 in credit when you create a new account at linode.com/learntocode.
Host Laurence Bradford shares an update on Learn to Code With Me, including what’s new for Season 8 of the podcast. She also shares a few major updates on her life and business since Season 7 wrapped in July 2020, plus an exciting look at what’s to come in this 8-episode season of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast.  Thank you to our sponsor this season, Linode. Host your app, website, or service on the cloud from just $5 a month, plus get $100 in credit when you create a new account at linode.com/learntocode.
With a full-time job as a worship pastor and as a single dad of three girls, Chris Misterek couldn’t afford to take any job that required him to be away from home. So on a friend’s recommendation, he started looking into web design, took courses, and even started building websites for his friends’ businesses or blogs. He eventually found his way to Showit, a family-oriented tech company, and in this episode, Chris talks about his transition from being a pastor to a web designer, time management strategies, the importance of having a variety of skills, and the role of Upwork in the development of his career. Learn more about Chris, host Laurence Bradford, and everything we discussed in this episode at 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.
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. Special Announcement: The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale.  This year, you can save over $3,700 in premium tech and coding courses. Here’s the catch though - the sale is only 5 days long. This year it’s happening from Monday, June 22nd - Friday, June 26th.  Be the first to hear when the sale goes live by signing up for notifications at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020 Additional Links mentioned: We’re now on YouTube! Check out Episode 1 (already live) at learntocodewith.me/youtube. Join our email list at learntocodewith.me to get our Top 10 tips to teach yourself how to code and stay updated on the Toolkit announcements and additional coding resources. Our Pandemic Wedding: Instagram Post 1, Instagram Post 2, Full Email
Entrepreneur, content creator and educator Masha Zvereva talks about influencer marketing, how to create your own tech career, and why she founded her business, Coding Blonde. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful
The End of Season 6

The End of Season 6

2019-10-1607:59

As the sixth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast comes to an end, I share a few updates about what’s coming up over the next few months.
Tommy Griffith has been doing search engine optimization for more than 10 years. He was previously managed SEO at PayPal and Airbnb, and now runs ClickMinded, a digital marketing training platform for marketers and entrepreneurs. Tommy started ClickMinded as a side project while working full-time at Airbnb. He grew it until it started generating more revenue than his annual salary. Two years ago, he quit Airbnb to go full-time on it and ran into a number of problems in trying to grow the business from there. In this episode, we discuss… The sacrifices it takes to make a side gig work How to get the first customers for your side gig The right time to leave your full-time job to go all-in on your side gig Learn more about Tommy and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Want to land your own technical side gig? Sign up for my free online training, "The Simple 4-Part Framework for Landing Technical Side Gigs". 
Safia Abdalla is an open source developer, writer, and a software engineer at Microsoft and she also co-hosts the BookBytes podcast, a fortnightly book club for developers. She’s passionate about bringing people together to build great things and using storytelling to share knowledge. In this episode, we discuss… How to get into open source development What makes a good open source project to start with Whether open source contributions can help you get a job How to transition from contributor to maintainer Learn more about Safia and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website.
Jenn Clevenger is Etsy's Data Engineering Director. In this role, she leads engineering teams in charge of Big Data platforms, Business insights infrastructure and Data Integrations. These teams provide data products and services to internal stakeholders including Analytics, Data Science, Product and Marketing organizations at Etsy. In this episode, we discuss… Job-hunting/career-building when pregnant What a day in the life of a data engineering director looks like How to create an inclusive workplace and culture How to identify inclusive companies when job-hunting Learn more about Jenn and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website.
Clément Mihailescu enrolled in a coding bootcamp without ever having written a single line of code. Less than six months later, he secured a job at Google as a software engineer. His experience applying for jobs also inspired him to start a side business, helping others practice for the technical interview.  In this episode, we discuss… How to land a job at a top tech company What it’s like working at Google How to prepare for a coding interview What it’s like balancing a side gig and a full-time job Update (Nov 2019): Laurence mentions in the episode that you can get 30% off AlgoExpert. This has since been reduced to 15%. Learn more about Clément and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website.
Ina Yulo is the global manager for BrightTALK's FinTech and Women in Business communities. She also advises companies including tech giants and large banks on content marketing. She’s on the Women in FinTech Power List, was named a WeAreTheCity Rising Star for 2018, and is both a speaker and a mentor for business owners.  In this episode, we discuss… Current innovations in FinTech What kinds of jobs are available and what level of tech skills you might need Ina’s advice for startup founders and women in business Learn more about Ina and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website.
It can be tough to know if a coding bootcamp is the right investment for you. Before you make that decision, you should weigh all the factors involved and evaluate them in the context of your personality and goals. Here to help explain how to do this is Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma, where is empowers people to make their most important career decisions—the first being which coding boot camp is best for them. In this episode, we discuss… The history of bootcamps How to know whether attending a bootcamp is the right decision for you What happens if you decide you don’t want a job in tech afterwards How income-share agreements are making bootcamps more financially accessible than ever Learn more about Ruben and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Flatiron School and dotTech Domains.
If you want to work in tech or run your own business, chances are high that you’ll be working with data at some point. That means you need to know about data privacy, and it’s hard to find someone more knowledgeable and experienced than Sheila FitzPatrick. Sheila is the founder and president of FitzPatrick & Associates, a strategic global data privacy and protection compliance consulting firm. In this episode, we discuss… What developers/tech professionals need to know to make sure that their work follows best practices for data collection and privacy The differences between privacy and security What counts as personal data, and why it’s important to be completely clear on what data you’re collecting and why Learn more about Sheila and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Flatiron School and dotTech Domains.
Logan Tran made his tech transition from the music industry about five and a half years ago. He began by self-teaching and building his own projects. He was soon introduced to DevOps through his work and decided to pursue the specialty. Now, he’s in his second DevOps Engineer role at NextCapital. In this episode, we discuss… What DevOps entails, from the culture to the technology to the job market How Logan went from the music industry to tech without a college degree Why working remotely isn’t all beaches & sunshine Advice on deciding between self-teaching or traditional education Learn more about Logan and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Flatiron School and dotTech Domains.
Christina Gorton is a self-taught creative coder and instructor who works remotely from Costa Rica. She was a stay-at-home mom for 5 years before transitioning into tech, and she landed a junior developer job after just 9 months of learning to code. In this episode, we discuss... How to make time to learn to code as a mom What it’s like to work remotely What creative coding is all about Learn more about Christina and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Flatiron School and TECH Domains.
"Hacking" isn’t always a bad word in the tech space anymore, thanks to the growing popularity of "ethical hacking" and events like "hackathons". Senior software developer Gwendolyn Faraday loves the power of hackathons to bring beginners together and let them sharpen their skills in a fun and supportive environment, and she now hosts her own hackathons for beginners. In the episode, Gwen discusses... Why hackathons were so important for her own learning journey How to prepare for a hackathon and other hackathon tips What to do if you’re going to a hackathon alone, instead of with a team Learn more about Gwen and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Flatiron School and .TECH Domains.
Recent tech graduate Marie Armstrong discusses how to stand out to employers if you’re not a straight-A student, and the importance of personal branding to get your name heard. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful
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. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful
Kyle Prinsloo, founder of studywebdevelopment.com, shares advice on finding your freelance niche, how to start your full-time freelance career, and how to market yourself online. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful
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Mark D'Souza

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Jul 10th
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Jun 18th
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Ashutosh Kumar

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Apr 9th
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Shea Watson

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Guadalupe Rivera

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Guadalupe Rivera

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Oct 24th
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m_movahedi

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