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.

Learn about Alex’s story here!

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.”

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𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡? I came across this question a couple of times from beginners in the programming world. There are different answers to this question depending upon your specific interests in the programming arena. Rather than asking, Which programming language to pick first, You should be asking, 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞? If it is “front-end development”, then as an obvious answer you should pick HTML & CSS first and then JavaScript. .. If your interests lies in “back-end development”, then you should start with at least one server side programming language PHP, Python or Ruby (I’d suggest you “Python” in case if you’re a beginner as it is easy to comprehend). PS : I believe in community learning. Always up for discussions. 💻 . . . @codingdays @girlswhocode @womenwhocode @womenintech @developerspace #coding #codinglife #github #html #css #js #womenintech #womenwhocode #codergirl #engineering #softwareengineer #softwaredeveloper #computerscience #programming #womenempowerment #india #indiancodergirls #girlpower #feminist #muslimah #makeinindia #visualstudio #passion #softwaredevelopment #quarantine #lockdown #covid #siliconvalley #ghalib developerspace

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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!!!”

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 ❤️

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 🥰

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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 🤗

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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 🥰

Stephanie started a YouTube channel!

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

Resources 👩‍💻

Leading with Courage: Women Leaders in the U.S. and Around the World

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.

YOLT – the power of combining two AI systems – created and shared by Andrea

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.”

Self Taught Problems – created by Nicole

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 🙂

Projects to Level Up Your Front End Skills – created by Margo

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

Career and Education Decisions – How to Make the Right Choice? – created and shared by me 🙂

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!

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Self Isolation – Part 2 – created and shared by me 🙂

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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