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May 12: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 58

Happy Tuesday, wonderful humans! Here’s another issue of Women in Tech Weekly – and with so many incredible celebrations and resources ❤️

Don’t forget to share your story for the next one. Make sure to check out the submission form at the bottom of the post 🙂

Featured Woman 👩‍💻

Alex and LGTBQ+ in Tech Newsletter

Alex is such a wonderful soul and a multi-passionate person! Following her interests and seeing her ideas through is what has got her into iOS Development to begin with – which is such an awesome example of how one can get into tech! She is self-taught, badass and all about community, running the first LGBTQ+ in Tech newsletter.

Celebrations 🥂🎉

Iman started learning AI and spreading tech knowledge on her Instagram!

In her own words:

“Hallo! I am Iman Mohi, 19, I am pursuing undergrad in computer science. When I was planning to get into CSE, I was suffering from a lack of counselling and mentoring. Basic questions like Which programming language to start with? Were problematic for me but it felt embarrassing to ask such a question which I now realise is fine to ask. So I recently started to answer basic questions like these on my Instagram handle and I am thinking of starting a YouTube channel as well. I am happy I finally started this.”

It’s Kimi’s birthday!

In her own words:

“Happy Birthday To Myself!!!

Thanks a lot, God for giving me another year of life! The most wonderful truth is, I’m not getting old, I’m just becoming experienced. Due to lockdown many people, friends are not here with me but so what quarantine can’t stop me. And I am celebrating my birthday with my family and friends too. With the help of tech tools, it’s easy to catch them and celebrate my day!!!”

A post shared by Kimi: UI/UX | Digital Marketer (@kimtechuiux) on May 9, 2020 at 9:46pm PDT

Meg celebrated her birthday!

Happy Birthday, you absolute badass and ray of sunshine!! May this year bring you lots of adventures and takes you to new heights ❤️

A post shared by Meg || Android Dev (@adressyengineer) on May 7, 2020 at 8:52am PDT

Eden had her 3rd year anniversary at work!

Congratulations, Eden!! Hard work always pays off and you’re the best example of it. Keep on killing it girl 🥰

My 3 year anniversary at work is coming up this week 😱🤯. Looking back, here are some lessons I wish I had learned sooner: 1️⃣ Ask for help When I first started, there was so much I didn’t know. I was afraid of asking questions or asking for help. I later learned how to ask smart questions and realized that not asking for 1 min of help that could save me hours, was a waste of time for everyone, not just me. 2️⃣ Don’t say “yes” to everything I tried to be too much of a team player at first and just took on any task anyone needed done. This caused me to do a ton of context switching, and lose focus. (Not to mention burn out…). Helping out your team is great, but knowing your limits and saying “no” is also important. 3️⃣ Take breaks I was afraid that if people saw me not working, for even a second, they’d think I’m lazy and slacking off. So I never took breaks. Never went on to Facebook or anything. Barely ever checked my phone (my friends/family can attest to that 😅). Not taking breaks caused me to miss out on bonding time with coworkers and not let my brain rest and come back to things with a fresh pair of eyes which can make a huge difference. 4️⃣ Don’t constantly try to prove yourself Maybe for others this is a healthy motivator. I took it to the nth degree and it was unhealthy and exhausting for me. 5️⃣ Communicate your successes You’ll make a lot of mistakes when you’re first starting out. Good! That means you’re trying new things and that’s how you learn. But don’t let you be the only one who knows about your successes. I didn’t want to brag about things or be annoying, but then I learned that if I didn’t share my successes, people wouldn’t know they happened. And then all of that progress and growth goes unnoticed 😔 There’s so many other things I’ve learned over the past 3 years. Wow. What are some lessons you’ve learned in the first few years of your job/career? Any career! Not just dev 🤗

A post shared by Eden Adler | Software Engineer (@edenadler) on May 5, 2020 at 6:07am PDT

Jade graduated with a CS degree!

Congratulations, Jade! What an exciting milestone, I hope you are feeling energized and ready for what’s to come – we all can’t wait to see what future has in store for you 🥰

A post shared by 🇬🇾 (@jade_asante_) on May 7, 2020 at 5:39pm PDT

Yess, La Reina del Cyber! So excited to see all of the amazing content you end up creating 😍

A post shared by 👑 la reina del cyber 👑 (@seveca) on May 2, 2020 at 9:08pm PDT

Resources 👩‍💻

In 2018, 4.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs were women. The year before, women made up 22.2% of Fortune 500 board members. It was also determined as of October 2017 that 9% of venture capital deals were led by female partners. 25% of these deals related to software, 22% of them were associated with the internet, 15% were linked to telecoms, and 12% were tied to health care.

Andrea says:

“It shows a different perspective to the field of AI. Understanding the idea of how merging existing tools can generate more value to a company than just trying to build something from scratch. Shows the trade-off between execution time and generated value.”

Check my stories and my bio to gain access to the GitHub link where I explain how I did it and how you can reproduce this! 💥 This is the project I have been working on today! I think it's pretty cool and a fun way to create something unique, what do you think?! I am actually very proud of this idea and I think it can actually bring a lot of value in the future. Try it out and leave a comment below if you liked it and if you would have framed the problem in a different way. Cheers and have a nice weekend🌟 #code #programming #developer #coding #nerdlife #programmer #dreambig #codingmemes #womenintech #softwaredeveloper #girlswhocode #devlife #cute #artificialintelligence #stemgirls #stemeducation #computervision #womeninstem #deeplearning #womeninai #peoplewhocode #model #datascientist #neuralnetworks #datascience #workhardanywhere #codinglife #yolo #machinelearning

A post shared by Machine Learning Engineer (@ai.coding) on May 1, 2020 at 10:41am PDT

Learning a new skill from scratch on your own can be daunting and overwhelming and Nicole has started a wonderful series on the topic. Highly recommended for anyone who is teaching themselves to code 🙂

A post shared by Creative Techie | Freelancer (@nicole.young) on May 6, 2020 at 2:18pm PDT

Awesome ideas of projects to build if you’re looking to practice your Front End skills!

A post shared by CODE♡CRUMBS | Dev & Biz Owner (@codecrumbs) on May 6, 2020 at 2:57pm PDT

There are tons of career opportunities in tech, with new ones being added every day -which is awesome! However, it can be a bit overwhelming when making a decision about which path to choose: in terms of education and professionally. The same goes for those trying to make a career switch – how do you make that important decision?

Let me share my framework for this!

We need to be more intentional when it comes to maintaining our mental health – and especially now, during these uncertain times that may ignite fear and anxiety. So I want to share what works for me – so that you can also implement those practices.

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you’d like to share something for next week’s issue, here’s the submission form!! Bookmark that and add anything you’d like to share in there 🙂

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