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Issue #26 - April 17, 2019
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Hi everyone. Hope your weekend is going fine. As of Wednesday, Juniors in Tech has 2,000 subscribers from around the world! Thanks for letting me into your inbox every week, and for sharing the newsletter with other people. 

Also, thank you for your emails, tweets, and DMs of encouragement. I feel a lot better this week. I've been eating and sleeping better, as well as exercising, and I think that has helped with my mood a lot.

By the way, since most of you are looking for jobs, I'm putting together a survey for hiring managers and others involved in hiring. What should I ask companies about hiring juniors in tech? Reply to this thread on Twitter, or reply to this email. 
Check out the #HelpMeLearn hashtag on Twitter. If you need a book that will help you grow personally or professionally, but can't afford it, tweet about it (following the instructions), and hopefully someone can help you out. If you can afford to, help someone out by looking through the hashtag and finding someone to support. Hundreds of books have been given away so far. 

If you request a book through #HelpMeLearn, use the #juniorsintech hashtag too. I'll help a few of you get books using funds from the Patreon.  
 
Housekeeping: 
  • Is your employer hiring for junior to mid-level positions? Cool. Tell them about posting to our job board and newsletter, or have them get in touch with me. 
  • Do you have a referral link? You can post that too
  • Several people have asked if they could help out with the newsletter or related projects like the possible podcast. But it wouldn't feel right for me to have someone help unless I could pay them, and of course right now I can't. If Juniors in Tech ever gets to a point where I can pay one of you to help me out, I'll let you all know!
 
What's on my mind this week: 
  • Do "good" tech companies exist? Recent layoffs (among other things) made me tweet this last week. Are the "good" companies that are supposedly good places to work at, really that great? Or are they just hiding all the things they do wrong? Maybe I'm just a little too cynical. Idk. 
  • Am I starting to dislike coding, or do I just need something to change? I've been thinking about this a lot. I'm starting to realize that coding doesn't interest me as much as it did when I was learning and going through bootcamp. I think I do still like coding, but maybe I just don't like coding in the context of developer interviews, or the things I have worked on in the past. Has anyone else felt like this?
Read
Things to read on the commute. 
I became a software engineer in my late 30s while nursing a newborn. AMA | Arit Amana
"I'm here to advise, support and cheer on anyone with a non-traditional background, or non-typical profile, who dreams of being a professional programmer. Ask away!"

How to think differently about doing good as a creative person | Omayeli Arenyeka 
"A guide to avoiding "creative savior complex" when working on social impact projects."

If you can use a fork, you're "technical" | April Wensel
"“Technical” is not a useful adjective to describe human beings. Here’s why."
Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
How to tell a good data scientist job from a bad one | Kayla Matthews
"Here are six characteristics which set good data scientist jobs apart form the bad ones."

A list of companies that mentor juniors in tech | @suecodes
A list of companies to work for if you're a junior, or if you want to mentor juniors.

Coding Interview University | @jwasham
Resources to help you study for coding interviews. "This is my multi-month study plan for going from web developer (self-taught, no CS degree) to software engineer for a large company."

How to prepare for a UX interview: tips from a hiring manager | Turo López Sanabria
"Over the past few years, I’ve run more than 100 interviews, met great designers from all over the globe working for different types of companies, taken hundreds of notes and gathered valuable insights on how to do interviews."

How I became a junior software engineer in 100 days | Jennifer Opal
"I, particularly, think that it’s important for me to share my story as there are not very many stories from black men & women in technology."

20 common data scientist interview questions | Paysa
"Here are 20 common questions you might come across when interviewing with top tech companies."
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
Why are coding standards important? | George Hanson
"But why are these standards important? I mean if it works isn’t that the main thing? Why do I have to follow these strict rules that tell me how I should code!?"

10 data science and machine learning courses for beginners | @javinpaul
Even if you don't plan on becoming a data scientist or ML engineer, these are great skills to have.

What's a design system, and why you need one | Tomek Poniatowicz
"Looking for a way of improving your design-development workflow? You need a design system! Why? Because it will help you work better, much faster & will take your team collaboration to the next level!"

What's a Progressive Web App, and why should designers care? | Stanisław Świątkiewicz & Tom Karwatka
"Progressive web apps, or PWAs, are the next generation of Javascript-based web technologies."

Awesome Coding Camps | @theodesp
"A curated list of awesome coding bootcamps and websites to help you boost your career in programming."
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Office hours with Ali Spittel | Virtual
Check this out if you have questions about coding, blogging, or working in tech. "I'm doing office hours in order to meet new people and hopefully help some people out!" There are small group sessions and 1 on 1s available.

Lambda School x Paystack Africa Pilot | Virtual
How awesome is this! Students from Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa can now apply to Lambda School. "After the program, you'll have the chance to be hired by Paystack, and we're also happy to introduce you to the many Paystack merchants (including some of the best companies in Nigeria) who're looking for development talent."

Google Africa Certifications Scholarships
"Building upon our pledge to provide mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world class apps, today we are pleased to announce the next round of Google Africa Certification Scholarships aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies."

Black and Brown Founders Bootstrapping Bootcamp | Virtual
"Don’t waste precious time and money making all the classic mistakes as a first-time founder. Work with us and build your prototype, launch, and start collecting coins in 6 weeks. Enrollment ends on April 26th. Class begins May 1st."

#NBsInTechZine by Kara Carrell
Kara is looking for Black or Indigenous non-binary people in tech to be featured in this zine. See the tweet for more details, and you can read more info about he project here
Jobs
Gotta pay the rent. 

Here's some inspiration for you. Haley applied to a senior job as a junior, and got the job! I'm not saying that you should just apply to a ton of senior positions and expect the same results. But like I always say, if you don't meet the all the requirements, it doesn't hurt to apply anyway. It's their job to figure out whether you're qualified or not. Let them decide. 
Nava - Engineering Apprentice | SF, DC, NYC 

Lyft - Software Engineering Apprentice | SF
See this tweet

Codecademy - Content Creator | Remote USA, select states

Truly - Software Engineer | SF or remote

OrangeJellyfish - Full Stack Javascript Engineer | London


Peerspace - Product Designer | SF 

Winnie - Software Engineer | SF or remote
See this tweet
Thank You
Thank you to all of the patrons, and to Yoav Givati for being a Silver level sponsor. 

And thanks to the Gold level sponsor: 
Support Juniors in Tech by becoming a patron
This week, I'm binge watching Arthur, because apparently I'm 9 years old. 

Until next week,

Keziyah
 
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