In today’s episode, I have a lively conversation with Saron Yitbarek. Saron is the founder of CodeNewbie and host of the CodeNewbie Podcast. An international online community and weekly podcast designed to support people learning to code. She's published in many corners of the web, is a regular guest speaker, and is hosting the upcoming codeland conference. Codeland is an interactive, two-day conference filled with talks, panels, and workshops with the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. It's taking place in just a few weeks, May 4 & 5, 2018.
Tickets are still available and it’ll be an excellent opportunity for you to learn and connect with many others in similar parts of their coding journey as you.
Learn more and register you or your organization to attend at Codelandconf.com.
Topics we discuss today:
- Coding is really hard, yet truly rewarding
- Coding allows many individuals to positively impact the world
- Challenges people face when learning to code and how to persevere
- Norms to expect when you become a coder
- How to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of code
- 4-year degrees are outdated. You're better off learning to code online
- Coding is a transferable skill. You can use it in basically any industry you want
- Realize what your unique skills are and highlight them to stand out from the crowd
- Awesome ways that people are using coding to do good in the world
- Coding isn't dull. It empowers you to digitize whatever you're passionate about
- Ways to give back with code: non-profits and https://www.codeforamerica.org/
- Challenges faced while working from home
- The benefits of attending conferences and how to stay in touch with what's going on
- Advice on time management and prioritizing what's most important to you
- “If you want to be more productive, you have to make time to be productive.” Reflection and realignment are huge.
- A recent moment when Saron had a ton of fun while coding.