Learn to Code With Me

by Laurence Bradford

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!

  

Latest Episodes

S5E2: 14 Different Tech Careers That Could Be Your Next Job

Team Treehouse's Chief Product Officer Londa Quisling talks us through the different kinds of tech jobs found within organizations. We also chat about how coding skills can help people in a “middle skill job”, and how to future-proof yourself in the world of tech.

See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website.


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Posted on 16 October 2018 | 11:00 am


S5E1: How to Decide if Tech is For You (And What to Do Next)

Eileen Ho became a software engineer at LinkedIn after working as a math teacher for almost a decade. She discusses the fears she had about her new career, common stereotypes about working in tech, and what to consider before pursuing a career in tech.

See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website.


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Posted on 9 October 2018 | 11:00 am


S5E0: Introducing Season 5 of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast

What’s changed at Learn to Code With Me since season 4 of the podcast and what’s coming up in season 5.


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Posted on 9 October 2018 | 10:30 am


S4E21: The End of Season 4

As the fourth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I share a few updates about the future of the podcast and Learn to Code With Me as a whole.

If you’re going to miss the show, here are a few things you can do:

  1. Sign up to get regular emails from me about exclusive discounts, my favorite tech tools, and my latest blog posts.
  2. Follow Learn to Code With Me on Facebook.
  3. Follow me on Twitter.
  4. Join my free Facebook group, Newbie Coder Warehouse.
  5. Leave a review of the show to let me know you'd like it back sooner rather than later!

Until next time...

 

 


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Posted on 20 March 2018 | 11:00 am


S4E20: Projects and Portfolios: a Hands-on Approach to Learning to Code With Ashu Desai

Ashu Desai is the founder of Make School, a computer science college in Silicon Valley that trains students for careers in software development.

After a childhood in Singapore and Hong Kong, Ashu moved to Silicon Valley at age 10, where he was bitten by the tech bug. He has been building apps since age 16 after getting involved in the computer science program at his high school and self-teaching coding languages.

Ashu attended college for a year, but didn't find the focus practical enough, and dropped out to build his own projects. This experience is also what inspired him to found Make School, a product-based approach to learning that focuses on teaching real-world skills.

In our conversation, Ashu talks about the importance of a practical education, how Make School works, and tips for getting a job once you're ready.


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Posted on 13 March 2018 | 11:00 am


S4E19: From Learning to Code on a Phone to Working for an MIT Startup With Elvis Chidera

Elvis Chidera is a software developer who grew up in a rural part of Nigeria and taught himself how to code on a Nokia phone.

When he was only 11 years old, Elvis became curious about how websites were built and wanted to download games on his Nokia phone. That curiosity led him to coding tutorials, and he began using a simple notepad app to code.

Eventually he was able to save up enough for a laptop and begin freelancing, but before that, he managed to develop microedition apps using only his phone and Java.

Today, at the age of 19, Elvis is an Android developer at dot Learn, an MIT startup that builds educational apps for students in emerging markets like Africa. He has also worked on over 50 apps which collectively have millions of downloads from the Google Play store.

In this episode, listen to Elvis's story, his experiences programming on a phone, what he's  been doing career-wise, and what the future holds.


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Posted on 6 March 2018 | 12:00 pm


S4E18: An Introduction to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency With Chris Castiglione

Chris Castiglione is the co-founder and CEO of One Month, a professor at Columbia University Business School, and a bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiast.

The classes Chris teaches focus on coding, digital literacy, and cryptocurrency. He also hosts a podcast and has written for several online publications, and is passionate about using education to inspire positive change in the world.

During his twenties, before founding One Month, Chris traveled the world working as a digital nomad, building websites and doing consulting. This is one of the things you'll hear him talk about in the episode!

When bitcoin and cryptocurrency caught his attention, he got excited about its potential. Now, he's teaching a course on it. Listen to the episode to hear Chris explain what crypto is, how he sees its future, what his course covers, and how to get involved.


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Posted on 27 February 2018 | 12:00 pm


S4E17: Learning to Code While Working Full Time With a Family With Michael Tombor

Mike Tombor is learning to code while working full time at a health insurance company. He also has two kids and a fiancé.

Mike’s goal is to become a full-stack web developer and designer. As he learns, he shares his journey in Medium blog posts and at community meetups to help others balance their own life demands with their goals.

Learning to code while working full time (and raising kids) is no easy feat. In our conversation, Mike shares how he balances work, coding, and family. He also explains what drew him to tech, tricks for staying motivated and managing your time wisely, and how to build a supportive community during your journey.


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Posted on 20 February 2018 | 5:00 pm


S4E16: Coding Bootcamp or College Degree? With David Yang

David Yang is the co-founder and lead instructor at Fullstack Academy, and has 17 years of programming experience.

The summer after graduating high school, David became the youngest software engineering intern to ever be accepted at Ernst and Young, and went on to earn bachelor's degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

Before founding Fullstack, he worked as a software engineer at Microsoft and Yahoo, among other companies, and taught at Columbia University as an adjunct professor.

In our conversation, we talk about whether a coding bootcamp or college degree is the best choice for aspiring techies. He tells his own story, including what led him to create Fullstack, and gives advice on how to prepare for coding bootcamps, succeed, and impress employers after graduation.


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Posted on 13 February 2018 | 12:00 pm