Frequently Asked Questions
What's your story?
It's a long one, so here are the highlights: I got my B.A. in Public Communications and became a journalist, moved to finance, got my MBA, and worked at companies like TD Ameritrade and Fidelity Investments, got bored of that, went to a coding bootcamp, did a LOT of networking, and now I'm on a mission to empower developer confidence by improving the software testing experience. I am passionate about supporting underrepresented people in tech and love teaching (I get that from my mom, but she works with second graders and has a MUCH harder job). Right now I spend a lot of time learning, working on projects, and trying to write and stream about tech when I can. For the long story, check me out on LinkedIn.
How did you handle the stress/workload of your boot camp?
Changing careers in my 30s was definitely a challenge, and came with a lot of imposter syndrome and anxiety. I worried that my previous experience wouldn’t translate or would be discounted, and that I’d be starting over from scratch. I also spent many nights worried I just wasn’t cut out for such a technical career. For me, having a support system was vital to getting through those feelings. I leaned on the teaching and support staff at my boot camp, my classmates, friends and family, and supporters in my local tech network and on Twitter. I sought out stories from other career-switchers or those without computer science backgrounds in tech to remind myself it was possible. I can’t stress enough how meaningful those stories were for me, which is why I wanted to share mine as well now that I’m on this side of it.
How did you find your first job after boot camp?
Nearly all my job opportunities came from networking -- both social networking and in-person. I wrote a blog post on how to make the most out of networking when on the job hunt.
How can I get involved with speaking?
Just ask! Many local and online meetups are in need of more speakers, and quite a few also provide mentorship to help if it's your first time. Check out the Women Who Code Front End track, we are looking for webinar speakers on a rolling basis, and it's where I gave my very first tech webinar.
Can you give me feedback on my project/resume/portfolio?
Unfortunately I don't have the capacity to offer individual reviews, and I hate over-promising and not being able to deliver 😞 I recommend checking out networks like Women Who Code if you are looking for career advice. There are a lot of amazing resources out there. You can also check out my talk on what I learned before getting my first job in tech.
Who drew that cool picture on your website?
The very awesome @mirlu_exe, she's available for comissions on Twitter.