Glowing in Tech

Glowing in Tech

Looking to gain practical insights into the world of tech? Join us on "Glowing in Tech," a weekly podcast featuring two Black women software engineers who chat with inspiring guests from the tech industry.  From data science to cybersecurity and robotics to software development, we cover a wide range of technical topics and ask the tough questions. Each episode delves deep into a different technical career, providing listeners with an inside look at what it's really like to work in that field. Glowing in Tech aims to create a safe, empowering and fun space that makes the tech industry feel more inclusive and accessible. Whether you're just starting out. been in the industry a while or looking to make a change, our podcast offers valuable insights and advice for all. Check out our website for show notes, resources and more information: www.glowingintech.com read less
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Impact of AI in Software and tech jobs, navigating bad work relationships + how to upskill in your role: Hosanna Ali Part 2
25-07-2023
Impact of AI in Software and tech jobs, navigating bad work relationships + how to upskill in your role: Hosanna Ali Part 2
In today's episode, we continue to talk with Hosanna about TheTechCornr is having on inspiring Women and the industry at large. Hosanna also tells us about the most challenging times in her career and the tips she has for women starting out in the tech industry. HIGHLIGHTS 00:00:00 Introduction 00:00:13 Hosanna’s tips, how to survive a team member that you're just not clicking with. 00:06:00 Tech Tea 00:10:00 Fear mongering in tech “ it does scare people” 00:11:11 “Give the people some hope!” Clickbait and the media 00:12:27 Learning about tech, the do’s and don'ts 00:13:10 What interests me most about tech 00:18:42 Upskilling, studying never stops! 00:20:37 How do I know I want a tech job? Avoid job descriptions! Glowing in Tech is a weekly podcast between two black women software engineers, exploring how to thrive whilst navigating the tech space and encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to level up in their careers. Hosted by our award-winning co-founders Jessie Auguste, a backend software engineer at CybSafe, and Amber Shad, a frontend software engineer, also at CybSafe. Hosanna Hali, is a Microsoft Azure expert who also launched theTechCornr platform with a goal of empowering and encouraging women to enter a career in tech. In today's episode, we continue to talk with Hosanna about the impact TheTechCornr is having on inspiring women and the industry at large. Hosanna also tells us about the most challenging times in her career and the tips she has for women starting out in the tech industry. Subscribe to The Glowing in Tech Podcast which drops weekly wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Tech Cornr: Building a Multifaceted career beyond coding. Microsoft Azure application process, navigating your career from tech's big sister: Hosanna part 1
18-07-2023
The Tech Cornr: Building a Multifaceted career beyond coding. Microsoft Azure application process, navigating your career from tech's big sister: Hosanna part 1
In this episode of Glowing in Tech, host Amber and Jessie are joined by Hosanna, an Azure specialist at Microsoft and the founder of TheTechCornr. Hosanna shares her journey into the tech industry and discusses the importance of increasing diversity in the field. She also talks about her platform and how it aims to inspire and educate women about opportunities in tech. Tune in to hear Hosanna's story and her impact on others in the industry. During the pandemic, Hosanna launched theTechCornr platform with the goal of empowering women to pursue careers in the tech industry. With a strong passion for diversity and inclusion, the speaker had actively participated in panels and discussions on the topic. Hosanna aims to showcase not only tech-related topics but also other aspects of her life, such as her wedding and their home, in order to build a community of multifaceted women. She's intending to release an ebook in the near future, focusing on starting a successful career. While the ebook will contain tech-focused content, it will also cover broader subjects beyond technical skills, including office politics, appropriate attire, effective communication with managers, and other essential skills for professional women. [00:01:00] Tech industry offers diverse opportunities. [00:05:11] Tech career path: programming to client-facing roles. [00:09:29] Longevity at Microsoft despite challenges. [00:07:09] Notorious tech company application process. [00:09:54] Staying at one company. [00:12:14] New technologies and learning. [00:13:15] Learning through application is key. [00:15:56] Changing roles and career growth. [00:19:52] Building a multifaceted community. [00:20:45] Transitioning to in-person work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Recognising + addressing burnout, mental health + how to maintain creativity: Candida Part 2
11-07-2023
Recognising + addressing burnout, mental health + how to maintain creativity: Candida Part 2
In this episode, the Candida discusses her personal journey of recognising and addressing burnout and the importance of mental health. She recalls attending a talk on mental health and burnout given by a speaker who visited their organisation. This talk served as a wake-up call for Candida, as she realised they were exhibiting several signs of burnout, such as withdrawing at work, neglecting their appearance, operating on autopilot, and feeling down and upset. Following the talk, the Candida had a coaching session with the speaker who gave the talk. The coach noticed a significant change in the speaker's energy after the session, highlighting how burnout was negatively impacting their overall well-being and work performance. Candida acknowledges that recognising and acknowledging burnout can take time, but they have become better at identifying the signals for themselves. However, it was the mental health and burnout talk that truly helped them realise that their experiences were not normal and that they needed to take time off to address their burnout. Throughout the episode, the importance of embracing creativity in daily life is highlighted. We discuss how creativity extends beyond traditional artistic pursuits and can be found in problem-solving, innovative thinking, and approaching different situations. We emphasise that tapping into creativity can bring joy and fulfilment, and it doesn't always have to be tied to generating income or pursuing a creative career. Instead, they encourage listeners to explore and embrace creativity through hobbies, personal projects, and allowing space for creative thinking in everyday life. The episode also addresses the impact of self-doubt and societal expectations on individuals who identify as creatives. The conversation emphasises the courage and strength required to pursue a creative path, especially when it goes against the expectations of family, friends, and society.  Overall, the episode underscores the significance of recognizing and embracing creativity in daily life. It suggests that by doing so, individuals can experience improved mental health, increased satisfaction, and a greater sense of fulfillment. Candida also addresses the pressure that can arise from turning creative outlets into a career. They caution against placing the burden of income generation or resource reliance on creative activities, as it can diminish the joy derived from them. Instead, they advocate for tapping into creativity for the sake of enjoyment and personal fulfillment. Additionally, the Candida delves into the impact of self-doubt on creatives. They acknowledge that societal expectations and judgments can lead many creatives to feel inadequate. They stress the significance of reframing these thoughts and beliefs, and finding the courage and strength to pursue creative endeavors that may defy societal norms. The speaker suggests that self-doubt is an energy that needs to be continually tapped into, and taking breaks from creativity can result in denying a part of oneself. They emphasize the importance of living authentically and aligning with personal values, as denying creativity and not living true to oneself can have emotional consequences. TIMESTAMPS [00:00:00] Introduction [00:01:42] Allowing myself to enjoy work.  [00:05:29] Keeping the curiosity alive.  [00:09:43] What's the tech tea?  [00:13:19] Hybrid working and bias.  [00:17:40] Language and Ambition.  [00:18:07] Different interpretations of ambition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Navigating Bias & Discrimination in Tech Industry, Fighting Imposter Syndrome + Building Resilience: Stephanie Itimi - Part Two
20-06-2023
Navigating Bias & Discrimination in Tech Industry, Fighting Imposter Syndrome + Building Resilience: Stephanie Itimi - Part Two
Cybersecurity expert Stephanie Itimi shares her biggest career challenge as a woman in tech. She describes how microaggressions from her manager undermined her confidence and how she used peer reviews to advocate for her work. She emphasises the importance of having a support network and self-awareness to combat imposter syndrome. In this episode, we highlight the significance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. They argue that creating a fair and equitable workplace requires a focus on inclusion, not just diversity. We suggest that companies need to shift their perspective on diversity and inclusion from being a fancy word to an essential everyday practice. We also discuss the issue of tokenization and the importance of incorporating inclusive practices, psychological safety, and retaining diverse talent. We emphasize the need for companies to understand their culture and work towards accommodating and thriving with diverse talent. Overall, the episode emphasizes the need for companies to prioritize diversity and inclusion to create a fair and equitable workplace for everyone. We discuss the importance of company culture, especially when a company is scaling. They note that many companies prioritize profits and growth without considering the impact on their culture. This can lead to a lack of understanding and clarity around the company culture. We suggest that this is where the risk lies, as a company's culture can become diluted or lost as it grows. They also highlight the role of mid-managers in cultivating and maintaining a company's culture and suggest that a culture audit can be useful in identifying areas for improvement. Overall, we emphasize the need for companies to prioritize their culture and actively work to maintain it as they scale. TIMESTAMPS 00:00:00 Introduction [00:00:37] Microaggressions in the workplace.  [00:03:29] Surviving in tech.  [00:06:37] Self-confidence in the workplace.  [00:09:47] Importance of psychological safety.  [00:13:36] Diversity and Inclusion in Tech.  [00:16:08] Workplace equity and inclusion.  [00:19:45] Diversity and inclusion in companies.  [00:22:26] Company Culture at Scale.  [00:25:50] D&I work should never be free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to get into Cyber Security? Certifications, Roles and Advice: Stephanie Itimi, CEO Seidea part 1
13-06-2023
How to get into Cyber Security? Certifications, Roles and Advice: Stephanie Itimi, CEO Seidea part 1
In this episode of Glowing in Tech, Stephanie Itimi, founder of Seidea and cybersecurity expert, talks with Amber and Jessie about her background in cyber intelligence and her work helping minority women break into cybersecurity careers. She provides insights into the different aspects of cybersecurity, including protecting critical data and systems and physical and technical security. Additionally, she discusses her current research on cybersecurity and physical security for domestic workers in Nigeria and the importance of addressing unfair data collection and surveillance practices. The episode highlights the importance of involving everyone in a company in security to improve overall security. This can be achieved through brainstorming sessions and encouraging team members to share their thoughts on the security policy and framework. By involving everyone, it becomes everyone's responsibility to prioritize security, not just the security team's. The episode acknowledges that not everyone is naturally security aware, but involving everyone in security culture and awareness can make them more security conscious. It is also important to stay informed about the latest threats and tactics by keeping up with information security magazines, cybersecurity ventures, and ICO reports. The episode addresses the issue of a lack of talent in cybersecurity but also emphasizes that talent can be developed through skills training, partnerships, and work experience. Stephanie aims to bridge the gap between those who are new to the industry and those who are already in the industry, and to help them thrive and break barriers to get into CISO or CSO positions. Steph runs a successful business that focuses on getting marginalized women into cybersecurity and encouraging them to level up in their careers. The episode stresses that cybersecurity is an open industry for anyone, and it is important to understand the ecosystem and the acronyms. The lack of diversity in the industry is also discussed, with only 20% of the sector being women worldwide, and 80% being men. Steph believes that it is important for women of color and marginalized people to be more involved in cybersecurity to protect the most vulnerable online. The episode emphasizes that building a secure web application is a complex task that requires constant updating to stay ahead of attackers. The threat landscape is constantly changing, and attackers are always finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in web applications. Therefore, developers must stay updated on the latest security threats and vulnerabilities through various resources such as conferences, networking, research, and open source. Additionally, the speaker stresses the importance of involving everyone in the organization in security culture and awareness, not just the security team. Building a secure web application requires a collective effort from everyone involved in the development process. [00:00:00]Introduction - Who is Stephanie Itimi? [00:01:06] Smart cities and domestic workers [00:03:41] Business Continuity in Cyber Security [00:06:49] Cybersecurity certification overview [00:10:03] Cybersecurity as an open industry [00:13:01] Business side of cybersecurity [00:16:57] Learning about new cyber attacks [00:19:24] Importance of Security Culture 00:23:59] Remote working security risks [00:26:18] Cybersecurity psychology [00:29:46] Uber's Two Factor Authentication Attack. 00:32:37] Cybersecurity and Diversity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trusting Colleagues at Work? Balancing Company Mission + Personal Goals: Simo Tchokni - Part 2
06-06-2023
Trusting Colleagues at Work? Balancing Company Mission + Personal Goals: Simo Tchokni - Part 2
Simo shares the career challenges he has faced as a software engineer at Google and Memrise. We cover: The Politics of Tech: Engineering Perspectives, The Tricky Balance of Engineering and Product Management, When Leadership Deprioritizes Your Work, The Struggle of Feeling Like a Tool in Tech, Agency and Input in Engineering: Finding the Balance, The Importance of Understanding Customer Problems in Tech, Engineering Preferences: Clear Definitions or Input on Building?   She discusses the difficulties of decision-making within a company and how it can affect an engineer's work. Simo explains the feeling of uncertainty when priorities change and decisions are made without a clear understanding of the reasoning behind them. Finally, he introduces the "tech tea" segment where he will be discussing a controversial topic in the tech industry. [00:00:00] Introduction [00:00:46] Decision making in tech.  [00:04:45] Growth and onboarding strategy.  [00:08:31] User experience for engineers.  [00:12:08] Overhyped tech culture.  [00:15:06] Passion for company mission.  [00:18:12] Workplace dynamics.  [00:22:31] Fun virtual meeting features. Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowi... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Robotics Engineering, creative technologist & winning engineering awards, Eneni Abban: Part 1
16-05-2023
Robotics Engineering, creative technologist & winning engineering awards, Eneni Abban: Part 1
In this episode of Glowing in Tech, hosts Amber and Jessie interview Eneni Abban aka The Techover, a robotics engineer and creative technologist who also runs a company that hosts anime events. Eneni shares that her interest in robotics began at a young age when she would take electronics apart to see how they worked. Despite studying post-graduate data science, Eneni continues to pursue her passion for robotics. The hosts discuss her unique skill set and how she manages to juggle various projects. TIMESTAMPS [00:00:00] Introduction [00:01:49] Black Doll sparks curiosity.  [00:05:59] Choosing a university and major.  [00:08:31] Being a minority in engineering.  [00:10:18] Stereotypes in Engineering.  [00:13:41] Women in engineering awards.  [00:15:37] Women in engineering advocacy.  [00:21:25] Struggling in an internship.  [00:25:00] Building a community through Instagram.  [00:27:45] Unrealistic beauty standards on social media.  [00:29:07] Lack of support and isolation.  [00:32:21] Management in tech industry. Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowi... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Effective demos at work, personal growth, instant gratification : Keseana Robinson: Part 2
09-05-2023
Effective demos at work, personal growth, instant gratification : Keseana Robinson: Part 2
On this episode of Glowing in Tech, we welcomed back Keseana Robinson, a SalesForce solutions engineer. She started at SalesForce in September 2020 as part of their apprenticeship program. Her role includes working closely with clients to develop tailored solutions and showcasing the capabilities of the company’s cloud product portfolio. She has particular focus as a Boldforce Philanthropic Lead, working with not-for-profits across the region. Keseana shares her top tips in demoing and how she has been able to keep her cool and maintain her composure in demos and bouncing back when things go wrong. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone is Keseana’s number one priority in tech as well as thriving in a good work environment with a collaborative, supportive workplace. Glowing in Tech is sponsored by Makers, creating a new generation of tech talent who are skilled and ready for the changing world of work. HIGHLIGHTS Tips for making sure a demo runs smoothly (00:00:55) Breathe, step back, and go again (00:03:45) Take advantage of a collaborative work environment (00:05:05) A smile makes all the difference (00:06:20) Those days where “nothings works” (00:07:09) You can fail and be vulnerable (00:08:40) 50% of Gen Z expects a promotion every 18 months (00:09:23) No more burnout, play the long game (00:11:13) Setting realistic expectations (00:12:24) Context and competing with yourself (00:14:20) “We’re not all starting from the same place” (00:16:48) Constant learning and self-development (00:18:00) The Hosts Jessie Auguste:  LinkedIn | Twitter Amber Shand:  LinkedIn | Twitter   The Guest Keseana Robinson: LinkedIn  COMPANIES Glowing in Tech (link) (00:00:26) Makers [Link] SalesForce (link) (00:00:43) CybSafe (link)  USEFUL LINKS Subscribe and join our community (link) Follow our LinkedIn page (link) In this episode, Keseana, Jessie and Amber discuss the importance of focusing on personal growth and small wins rather than solely on promotions and external gratification. They also touch on the concept of title inflation and the need to set realistic expectations in the tech industry. Keseana recommends resources such as LinkedIn, YouTube, and organizations like [Generation.org](http://generation.org/) and Ada College for young people looking to upskill and succeed in their careers. Keseana Robinson, a Solutions Engineer at Salesforce, discusses the importance of taking a step back, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, and being in a good work environment to succeed.  In the career challenge section, she shares her ultimate guide on how to do great demos in the workplace and spills her tech tea on the problem of instant gratification in society and the importance of focusing on personal growth and recognising small wins in your career.  Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowi... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
​Salesforce engineer, work/life balance, overcoming corporate barriers - Keseana Robinson: Part 1
02-05-2023
​Salesforce engineer, work/life balance, overcoming corporate barriers - Keseana Robinson: Part 1
Keseana shares her experience juggling her role as a Salesforce solution engineer with her degree apprenticeship. She initially struggled with balancing her workload and maintaining her work-life balance, but she learned to work smarter, not harder. She advises that it's important to communicate with your cohort and manager about any challenges you may face and to recognize that the outcome of the process is not always as important as the process itself. In this episode, Keseana discusses the challenges of being a solutions engineer, including the need to engage with clients, present demos, and maintain composure when things go wrong. She also emphasizes the importance of seeking out mentorship and finding the right fit for your career path. Keseana recommends researching the role and seeking out opportunities to present and engage with clients to determine if it's the right fit for you. Keseana also highlights the importance of soft skills in the tech industry, particularly when it comes to peer programming and working with others. She emphasizes the need to listen to other people and collaborate with them in order to succeed. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights into the world of solution engineering and the challenges and rewards that come with it. It also emphasizes the importance of finding the right balance between work and life and the value of soft skills in the tech industry. View our resources, show notes and more on our website: glowingintech.com Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mentorship, entrepreneurship, how to get into leadership - Renee Hunt: Part 2
25-04-2023
Mentorship, entrepreneurship, how to get into leadership - Renee Hunt: Part 2
Renee Hunt discusses the importance of tech in business leadership and the need for more opportunities for tech professionals to move into leadership roles. She also emphasizes the value of a broad skill set and the need for patience and grace in learning. Hunt also shares her plans to start a podcast and write a book. The podcast also includes community comments on previous episodes, including discussions on unconscious bias and the power of introverted communication. Throughout the conversation, Hunt talks about the importance of a diverse workforce and how having people with different backgrounds and skills brings a unique perspective to problem-solving in the tech industry. She also shares her experience of being a woman of color in the tech industry and how she faced challenges due to unconscious bias. Hunt advises early career devs to be the best engineers they can be and acquire a wide range of skills, making them more employable and valuable in the industry. She encourages tech professionals to consider leadership roles and move beyond their technical expertise to develop other skills necessary for leadership. Towards the end of the podcast, Hunt discusses her plans to start a podcast and write a book, and how she wants to use these platforms to share her experiences and insights with others in the tech industry. The podcast episode also includes community comments on previous episodes, including discussions on unconscious bias and the power of introverted communication. Renee has over 30 years of experience in technology, starting her career in the US Army Signal Corp, then moving into the private sector after getting her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Compare the Market, the UK’s leading Price Comparison company.  View our resources, show notes and more on our website: glowingintech.com Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Accidental CTO, FinTech for good, being headhunted Renee Hunt: Part 1
18-04-2023
Accidental CTO, FinTech for good, being headhunted Renee Hunt: Part 1
In this episode of the Glowing in Tech podcast, we are joined by Renee Hunt and she talks to us about accidentally becoming a CTO, using FinTech for good, moving to the UK from DC, and much more.  Renee Hunt discusses her approach to leadership and hiring, as well as her experiences being headhunted for CTO roles. She also touches on the differences in work culture and pay between the US and the UK. Hunt challenges stereotypes of female leadership and emphasizes the importance of operating in the future as a leader. Renee has over 30 years of experience in technology, starting her career in the US Army Signal Corp, then moving into the private sector after getting her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Compare the Market, the UK’s leading Price Comparison company.  Time stamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:44 Being a CTO is Surprising. 03:48 Fintech for good. 07:22 Chasing job titles. 11:25 Non-traditional CTO career paths. 15:53 Non-engineers in tech leadership. 19:03 Work-life balance and mental health. 21:56 Female leadership in technology. View our resources, show notes and more on our website: glowingintech.com Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When to move companies in tech, Self-promotion + Moving from Kenya to the UK: Nelly Kiboi - Part 2
11-04-2023
When to move companies in tech, Self-promotion + Moving from Kenya to the UK: Nelly Kiboi - Part 2
In this episode of the Glowing in Tech podcast, Nelly talks about her career challenge which was about moving from Kenya to work in Burgess Hill as a Software Engineer and her tech tea on how learning something new is underrated! Nelly Kiboi is a service engineer at Microsoft who leverages her passion for emerging technologies to drive equality and accessibility.  Originally from Kenya, Nelly relocated to the UK in 2016, and now helps independent software vendors and startups maximise their Azure experience.  Before joining Microsoft, Nelly was a software engineer at American Express where she played a key role in enhancing developer experience and contributing to the company's open-source product development platform, One Amex.  Nelly is committed to empowering the next generation of women in tech, and has created and led coding classes, contributed to groups that educate and encourage young women to build careers in tech. Her impact was acknowledged in 2021 when she received the esteemed FDM everywoman in Technology Software Engineer Award. View our resources, show notes and more on our website: https://glowingintech.com Subscribe to our weekly newsletter of resources: https://glowingintech.substack.com/ Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Discovering Open source, working @ Microsoft + learning on the job: Nelly Kiboi - Part 1
04-04-2023
Discovering Open source, working @ Microsoft + learning on the job: Nelly Kiboi - Part 1
In this episode, Nelly Kiboi discusses her experience discovering open source and working at Microsoft, as well as the importance of contributing to open source projects. She also talks about her transition to a new country and building confidence in herself through small steps and finding supportive communities. Nelly emphasizes that contributing to open source can take many forms, not just source code contributions. One can create lists, share fun projects, and even sponsor other contributors. She believes that open source work can help individuals stand out in job applications and improve their chances of landing a role. Nelly is committed to empowering the next generation of women in tech, and has created and led coding classes, contributed to groups that educate and encourage young women to build careers in tech. Her impact was acknowledged in 2021 when she received the esteemed FDM everywoman in Technology Software Engineer Award. View our resources, show notes and more on our website: https://glowingintech.com Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From office pet to threat, Tech newbie + the struggles of career switching: Adrienne Galloway
28-03-2023
From office pet to threat, Tech newbie + the struggles of career switching: Adrienne Galloway
Adrienne has been a Software Engineer for just under a year and currently works for a London-based software consultancy specialising in cloud-native technologies.  She began her career in corporate Public Relations, working with some of the UK’s most well known FTSE 100 companies. Not long after that she transitioned into technology and lifestyle PR at a boutique London PR agency where her clients included everything from dating apps to a high-speed air mobility company and venture capital firms.  After experimenting with coding during the pandemic, she secured a scholarship with Coding Black Females and Makers coding bootcamp in summer 2021 and started her first role in April 2022.  In this episode of the Glowing in Tech podcast, Adrienne shares her career challenge which is all about the process of switching careers in the first place and spills her tech tea on the "office pet to office threat" scenario.  Be sure to catch up on part 1 of her episode where she gives us the insight into the process to gain a scholarship through Makers, leaning into community when learning how to code and shares her industry insight all about cloud native transformation. View our resources, show notes and more on our website: glowingintech.com Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Public Relations to Software Engineer, Bootcamp scholarships & cloud native transformation: Adrienne Galloway - Part 1
21-03-2023
Public Relations to Software Engineer, Bootcamp scholarships & cloud native transformation: Adrienne Galloway - Part 1
Adrienne has been a Software Engineer for just under a year and currently works for a London-based software consultancy specialising in cloud-native technologies.  She began her career in corporate Public Relations, working with some of the UK’s most well known FTSE 100 companies. Not long after that she transitioned into technology and lifestyle PR at a boutique London PR agency where her clients included everything from dating apps to a high-speed air mobility company and venture capital firms.  After experimenting with coding during the pandemic, she secured a scholarship with Coding Black Females and Makers coding bootcamp in summer 2021 and started her first role in April 2022.  In this episode of the Glowing in Tech podcast, Adrienne walks us through how she transitioned from working in PR to learning how to code and landing a scholarship with Makers that bagged her a role as a Software Engineer.  She gives us the insight into the process to gain a scholarship through Makers, leaning into community when learning how to code and shares her industry insight all about cloud native transformation. View our resources, show notes and more on our website: glowingintech.com Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out our sponsors, Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michaela Gasteratou - Part 1: Pandemic career switch, leaving software consultancy, retraining from frontend to fullstack engineer, documentation + accessibility
07-03-2023
Michaela Gasteratou - Part 1: Pandemic career switch, leaving software consultancy, retraining from frontend to fullstack engineer, documentation + accessibility
Michaela is a full stack software engineer currently working at a cyber security startup. She switched her career in 2020 and hasn't looked back since! In her spare time, she teaches React to people who want to learn the library or folks looking to change their career to tech.  This episode of the podcast discusses the importance of learning tutorials and frameworks, even if you feel like you don't have the time. The guest argues that it's important to take the time to learn these things, even if it means doing a tutorial at work, because it will pay off in the long run. Amber and Jessie agree and add that sometimes the documentation for these things can be difficult to understand, so it's helpful to have someone to walk you through it. Michaela speaks about changing careers during the pandemic, working on accessibility in her role, and SWE job applications without having a computer science degree. - The importance of learning new frameworks and technologies, even if you feel like you don't have the time - The importance of being able to read and take notes from documentation when transitioning from front end to back end coding - Michaela's journey into the tech industry, beginning with her engineering background and then moving into software Stay up to date by following us on our socials:  LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/company/glowing-in-tech Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glowingintech Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/glowingintech TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@glowingintech Work with us: https://forms.gle/eLMUST2puKzuA25c7 Check out Makers and follow them on socials: Website: https://www.makers.tech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makersacademy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/makersacademy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices