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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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Dec 26, 2017

Fernando Hidalgo is a self-taught data scientist who went from being a teacher’s assistant to a data scientist in just one-and-a-half years.

After studying economics in school, Fernando held a variety of jobs, unsure of what he wanted to do. One day, he started researching data science, and it captured his interest. Using trial and error, a bunch of online platforms, and a data science bootcamp, Fernando completely transformed his career path.

Now, Fernando works as a data scientist at Discovery Communications, and in his spare time helps others hack their careers at fernandodata.com.

In the episode, we talk about how Fernando started from zero to teach himself data science, what resources he used, what technologies aspiring data scientists should learn, and his tips for marketing yourself to employers or clients.

Dec 19, 2017

Josh Doody is a salary negotiation coach and author who helps software developers receive more job offers and negotiate higher salaries.

In addition to helping clients one-on-one, Josh wrote the book Fearless Salary Negotiation, which includes his best strategies and tactics for getting paid what you're worth. The principles in this book can be used by anyone, not just software developers!

Our conversation covers how Josh got inspired to pursue the art of negotiation, how to stand out during the interview and hiring process, some of his top salary negotiation strategies, and how to get promoted at your current company.

 

Dec 12, 2017

By day, Christine Chapman works as a software engineer at Audible, where she's been ever since leaving her previous role as a full-stack Android developer at Amazon. But her love of tech doesn't stop when she leaves the office: Christine is also passionate about giving back and spreading computer science literacy to her community.

Some of Christine's favorite organizations to get involved with are ones that make an effort to increase diversity in the tech world, like Black Girls Code, Girl Develop It, and Women’s Coding Collective. She teaches courses for Girl Develop It and volunteers at Uplift, a nonprofit dedicated to combating sexual violence online.

In our conversation, Christine talks about her early experiences studying computer science and interning in competitive programs, gives advice for a job at a company like Amazon, and encourages us all to volunteer outside our day jobs, with actionable tips for getting involved.

Dec 5, 2017

Neel Mehta is a co-author of "Swipe to Unlock: The Non-Coder's Guide to Technology and the Business Strategy Behind It." At time of this interview Neel is a senior at Harvard, studying computer science, and has held internships at Microsoft, Khan Academy, and the U.S. census bureau.

One of Neel's greatest passions is using technology for social good. He started by launching an education app with a quarter-million users while he was still in high school. More recently, he founded a civic technology nonprofit, Coding it Forward, empowering young coders to use their talents for good.

In our discussion, Neel shares what drew him to technology at a young age, how he landed his competitive internships in college, why it's important to understand technology even for professionals not in tech roles, and more.

Nov 28, 2017

Ben Collins is a spreadsheet developer, data consultant, and data analytics instructor. He blogs and creates courses at BenLCollins.com, focusing on how to work with data using Google Sheets, Apps Script, and Data Studio.

Ben has taught workshops on data analysis, as well as doing freelance and consulting work. Prior to striking out on his own, he spent seven years as a forensic accountant focusing on data analysis.

In this episode, we talk about what a data analyst does, how Ben taught himself how to code, why demand is high for data professionals right now, the tools a data analyst uses, and the first steps to take if you want to get started in the field.

If you want to step up your spreadsheet game, you can get 20% off Ben's Google Sheets Training Bundle using my affiliate/commission link at LearntoCodeWith.Me/sheets. Going through this link will automatically apply the 20% discount on this course and send a few bucks my way at no extra cost to you.

Nov 21, 2017

In just one year, Madison Kanna transitioned careers from fashion model to software engineer. She is now a fullstack developer at Conversio, and in her spare time blogs about development and life at MadisonKanna.com. Madison has also created a Udemy course, JavaScript For Beginners.

Listen to the episode for the story of Madison's journey from homeschooler to college dropout to fashion model to frontend and then fullstack developer. Along the way, she shares thoughts on productivity, working remotely, pursuing your passions, landing that first job, learning by teaching, and more.

Nov 14, 2017

In today’s episode I talk with Alice Zhao, a senior data scientist at Metis. We talk about her background in analytics, the importance of storytelling in data science, and her advice for anyone who wants to get into data science.

Nov 7, 2017

In this second episode of Season 4, I talk with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, the CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment. We chat about what DevOps is, the skills a DevOps career requires, and how anyone can get started in DevOps.

Oct 31, 2017

Mark Price is a mobile app developer and the CEO of Devslopes. He shares how he got into app development, what makes a successful app, and how he started teaching online.

Oct 31, 2017

Welcome to season 4 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast. In this episode, I tell you what you can expect from this season, who I’ll be talking to, and how you can keep in touch.

Aug 8, 2017

Chris Wysopal is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Veracode, where he oversees technology strategy and information security. In our conversation, he talks about challenges and career options in the field of security.

Aug 1, 2017

Anant Agarwal is a professor at MIT, as well as the founder and CEO of edX - an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. We talk about how and why edX was started, trends in online learning, and Anant’s advice for high schoolers.

Jul 25, 2017

Laura Medalia is a software engineer and avid Instagram user. She majored in english, but taught herself code on the side. From college she got a job in a health tech startup. Laura shares how she crushes the coding stereotypes through her Instagram.

Jul 18, 2017

Matt Lane - the co-founder and lead instructor at Rithm School - shares how he created a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. He also gives us some great interview tips.

Jul 11, 2017

Yasmine Mustafa is the CEO and founder of ROAR for Good, a hardware company that provides women with technology to help keep them safe. In this interview she shares with us her journey into tech and how she led Girl Develop It into Philly.

Jul 4, 2017

Jamal O’Garro lost his job in finance and was unemployed for a year before he taught himself how to code and set up Code Crew. In this interview, Jamal shares some of the best resources available and how important it is to build a network of peers.

Jun 27, 2017

Alexandra Dickinson, the CEO and founder of Ask For It, shares her advice on the art of negotiation both in the workplace and at home. She shares some great tips on making more money from a new job or a raise.

Jun 20, 2017

Zac Otero dropped out of high school and worked at factories and other odd jobs before becoming a Salesforce admin. In this interview, Zac shares how he taught himself Salesforce and made the giant career switch.

Jun 13, 2017

Codeverse co-founder and CMO Katy Lynch tells us how she created Kidscript - a programming language for children. She also tell us about her mission to teach 1 billion kids how to code and offers advice for anyone starting a business.

Jun 6, 2017

Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at Indeed.com, discusses tech job trends, the value of coding bootcamps, and shares advice for people looking to switch into a tech career later in life.

May 30, 2017

Lucidchart co-founder and CTO Ben Dilts shares how he started and scaled Lucidchart, a diagramming tool for visual communication. Ben also gives advice for those learning how to code.

May 23, 2017

Seema Gururaj is the Founder and CEO of Square Circle Inc., a platform that empowers women technologists to grow their profile as an expert. In this interview, Seema offers advice for women who want to get ahead in their tech career and build a reputation as a leader.

May 16, 2017

Janina Kutyn is an iOS developer who has lived in four countries around the world. In our conversation, she shares what it was like working at Apple, what led her start (and later end) her side hustle, Silicon Sweetheart, and much more.

May 9, 2017

Alexander Kallaway explains how he taught himself how to code and what led him to start the #100daysofcode movement. He also shares advice for fellow beginners feeling stuck as they learn to code.

May 2, 2017

Christie Pitts shares how she worked her way up at Verizon from store manager to venture development manager. Christie also offers advice for those looking to get started in venture capital.

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