Getting In: Transitioning Into a Career in Tech

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August 05, 2017

Getting In: Transitioning Into a Career in Tech

Things you should know as you explore getting into tech:
Understanding how you learn best, exploring career options, and resources for learning.

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Cecy C.

August 05, 2017
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  1. Getting in TRANSITIONING INTO A CAREER IN TECH

  2. Cecy Correa Chapter Leader, Girl Develop It, Austin I help

    people get into tech!
  3. To start your career in tech, you must ask yourself

    a few guiding questions...
  4. 1. Why do you want to work in tech?

  5. You like the work!

  6. For the money?

  7. Do it for the right reasons

  8. 2. How do you think?

  9. How do you think? • There is only one right

    answer • Want instructions in repeatable steps • Never stray from instructions • Failing is not an option • There are many answers • Like to experiment • Deviate from instructions • Failure is part of learning
  10. How do you think? FIXED MINDSET • There is only

    one right answer • Want instructions in repeatable steps • Never stray from instructions • Failing is not an option GROWTH MINDSET • There are many answers • Like to experiment • Deviate from instructions • Failure is part of learning
  11. Growth mindset? Awesome! You’ll have an easier time learning!

  12. Fixed mindset? You’ll have to fix how you think

  13. Fixing a fixed mindset 1. Stop thinking in terms of

    pass / fail, right / wrong
  14. Fixing a fixed mindset 2. Eliminate negative self-talk

  15. Fixing a fixed mindset 3. Value learning over being right

  16. 3. What are you good at?

  17. Like puzzles, data, algorithms, just building things BACKEND DEVELOPER

  18. Like interactivity, animation, making things pretty FRONTEND DEVELOPER

  19. Like color theory, typography, grids, layouts UI DESIGNER

  20. Have people skills, good at organizing, looking at big picture

    PRODUCT MANAGER
  21. Like breaking things QA ENGINEER

  22. Really good at explaining highly technical concepts TECHNICAL WRITER

  23. 4. How do you learn?

  24. Self-teaching No guidance Can get yourself unstuck on your own

  25. Books! • Michael Hartl “Rails Tutorial” — railstutorial.org • Why’s

    Poignant Guide to Ruby — poignant.guide • Eloquent Javascript — eloquentjavascript.net • Node School — nodeschool.io • ANYTHING BY NO STARCH PRESS — nostarchpress.com
  26. Self-paced, Online, No guidance Okay with learning from videos with

    no mentorship
  27. Online videos! • Code School — codeschool.com • Pluralsight —

    pluralsight.com • Udemy — udemy.com • Codeplace — codeplace.com
  28. Self-paced, Online, Mentorship Okay with learning from videos but want

    mentorship
  29. Videos + mentorship! • Thinkful — thinkful.com

  30. Traditional learning Want to learn in a class environment, ask

    questions
  31. Specialized schools • Austin Coding Academy (JS, .NET) — austincodingacademy.com

    • Galvanize (Data Science) — galvanize.com
  32. Generalist / full-stack schools • General Assembly — generalassemb.ly •

    Galvanize — galvanize.com
  33. Out of State Schools • Turing School of Software Design

    — turing.io • Ada Developers Academy — adadevelopersacademy.org
  34. Thank you! @cecycorrea cecycorrea.com github.com/cecyc cecy@girldevelopit.com