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!

  

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The End of Season 7

As the seventh season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I reflect on the inspiring transformation stories we shared, including recaps of my favorite moments.

I also share updates on LTCWM and my goals for 2020, including a sneak peek into what we’re working on next through the end of the year.

Catch up on all eight episodes from Season 7 here or at learntocodewith.me/podcast:

You can also check out the podcast on YouTube at learntocodewith.me/youtube. This was a new experiment for Season 7, so we hope you’ll check it out and subscribe.


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Posted on 28 July 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E8: Building a Robotics Career and the Impact of Mentorship with Camille Eddy

As a young aspiring astronaut in high school, Camille Eddy started building websites to pay for her college housing. She’s a first-generation STEM student, and with support from key mentors, today, Camille is a Product Engineer at Bloc and an International Public Speaker.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How Camille got into robotics
  • How mentors have played a critical role in her career
  • Why Camille believes it’s so important to advocate for women and Black employees in tech
  • How Camille found internships through her network, and how each internship shaped her career

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To learn more about Camille Eddy, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/podcast.

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Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.


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Posted on 21 July 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E7: From Glassblower to Software Developer using Free Coding Resources with Michael Pimentel

With barely enough income to support his wife and child, not to mention a poor working environment for his physical and mental health, Michael Pimentel wanted to move on from being a glassblower.

That’s why after 9 years in the film industry, Michael decided to pursue a career in tech by using free online resources to teach himself how to code. 

If you’re considering a transition to tech from a non-traditional background, Michael offers great advice about teaching himself to code while working a physically intense full-time job, and how his tech career has evolved over the last three years.

To learn more about Michael Pimentel, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/podcast.

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Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.


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Posted on 14 July 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E6: An Unexpected Shift from Selling Beer to Coding Bootcamp with Caitlyn Greffly

Caitlyn Greffly used to travel around the country selling beer, but it got tiring. So in pursuit of a more sustainable way of living, Caitlyn started teaching herself to code. She ended up joining a bootcamp and quickly received a job offer before she even completed the program, less than 6 months later.

In this episode, Caitlyn talks about…

  • Applying to boot camps, and how she came back after getting rejected the first time
  • Her experience learning with Thinkful
  • Finding a job in the middle of the boot camp
  • The benefits of reaching out to experts for tips and shadowing opportunities
  • The changes she had to make with her work due to COVID-19

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To learn more about Caitlyn Greffly, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast.


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Posted on 7 July 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E5: How a Passion for Patients turned this Pharmacist into a Software Developer with Newvick Lee

Newvick Lee is a software developer at WealthBar, a Canadian fintech company. He’s also working on Habitmon, a chatbot that helps with building habits. But before all this, Newvick was a pharmacist who helped people with mental health issues. 

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How Newvick made the transition from pharmacist to software engineer without a computer science degree
  • The importance of working on side projects when you're learning to code
  • The advice Newvick shares for anyone who wants to make a tech career transition. So if you’re thinking about a change into tech and have no formal degree, this interview is for you.

To learn more about Newvick Lee, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast.

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Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.


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Posted on 30 June 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E4: An Introduction to Vue.js with Developer and Author Erik Hanchett

Erik is a senior software engineer at an insurance technology company in Reno, Nevada. He’s also a tech author, podcast co-host, blogger, and YouTuber. 

Even though Erik has a traditional computer science degree, his path wasn’t very traditional. He took a break from college after a couple of semesters, took a job in tech support for a few years, and then went back to finish his degree.

And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today: 

  • Erik’s journey to becoming a senior software engineer
  • Why having a CS degree doesn’t mean you don’t have to teach yourself to code
  • Why Erik recommends learning the Vue.js framework
  • And more!

To learn more about Erik Hanchett, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast.

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This week only, you can get access to 33 different technical online courses and books. Together, these courses would cost you $4,206. However, for this week only, you can snag them for a fraction of the cost. Specifically you can get them for 94% off. 

This bundle is perfect for beginners and intermediate folks alike. Learn more at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020.


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Posted on 23 June 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E3: How a Former Squarespace Developer Helps New Coders Build Strong Technical Resumes with Rebecca Garcia

Rebecca Garcia is a Career Coach & Product Manager who helps women build fulfilling six-figure careers in tech.

Previously she was a Program Manager at Microsoft, Developer at Squarespace, and is currently a Technical Product Manager. Named one of the 'Top Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry' by Glamour Magazine, and a 'Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion' from former U.S. President Barack Obama.

In this episode, Rebecca shares her story before walking through tips to build your technical resume, even if you’re a new coder. She also offers advice on what to do with your resume during this pandemic.

To learn more about Rebecca Garcia, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit https://learntocodewith.me/podcast.

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The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale. When you invest in our 2020 bundle, you’ll get access to a collection of products that can help you level up your coding skills and break into the tech industry. 

Get notified when the sale opens up by signing up at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020


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Posted on 16 June 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E2: How an English Professor Became a Front-End Web Developer with Bekah Hawrot Weigel

Bekah Hawrot Weigel is a mother of four and a former part-time English teacher who redefined her life through coding. As she was giving birth to her fourth child, Bekah experienced trauma that left her with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Feeling lost at the time, Bekah finally took on her husband’s crazy suggestion to learn to code (as he had a few years ago). She found coding surprisingly therapeutic, and a few years later, she graduated from Flatiron School and now works as a front-end web developer.

To learn more about Bekah, Laurence Bradford, or Learn to Code With Me, visit learntocodewith.me/podcast.

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The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale. When you invest in our 2020 bundle, you’ll get access to a collection of products that can help you level up your coding skills and break into the tech industry.
Get notified when the sale opens up by signing up at learntocodewith.me/toolbox2020.


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Posted on 9 June 2020 | 11:00 am


S7E1: Making the Pivot from Pastor to Web Designer with Chris Misterek

With a full-time job as a worship pastor and as a single dad of three girls, Chris Misterek couldn’t afford to take any job that required him to be away from home. So on a friend’s recommendation, he started looking into web design, took courses, and even started building websites for his friends’ businesses or blogs.

He eventually found his way to Showit, a family-oriented tech company, and in this episode, Chris talks about his transition from being a pastor to a web designer, time management strategies, the importance of having a variety of skills, and the role of Upwork in the development of his career.

Learn more about Chris, host Laurence Bradford, and everything we discussed in this episode at learntocodewith.me/podcast.

Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at learntocodewith.me/cake.


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Posted on 2 June 2020 | 11:00 am