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Issue #14 - January 09, 2019
Happy 2 days before Friday. 

How's your week going? Mine is going fine. Trying to stay organized and prioritize things. There's only so much time in the day. But there's always a million things to do. 

Hey, should we start a YouTube channel? Let me know what you think below. 

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By the way, I plan on launching Juniors in Tech to the Product Hunt community next Wednesday, January 16th. Just FYI. Hope you all will join the conversation and provide feedback.
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Juniors in Tech YouTube Channel?
Question 1: If I started a YouTube channel for Juniors in Tech, what would you want to see?

Question 2: Would you contribute a few dollars a month to a Patreon in order to support a Juniors in Tech YouTube channel?
Let Me Know What You Think
So, here's the thing. I really want to start a YouTube channel. I think it would be awesome and I know you all would love it.

Think about it. We could have:
  • Interviews with experts on networking, resume writing, salary negotiation, etc
  • Interviews with YOU. I want to get to know more of the awesome Juniors in Tech community
  • How to videos: On everything! How to apply for a job, showcase a UX case study in your portfolio, communicate with your supervisors, survive a code review, create a design system, etc.
  • Code and design tutorials with experts
  • Live critique:  For example, maybe you're applying for a job, and you want someone to critique your portfolio website or resume. (If you've ever seen live critiques by The Futur, I'm thinking somewhere along those lines.)

But just imagining the amount of time it would take to produce high quality, informative, valuable videos makes me worry about whether or not it's really feasible. 

I already spend 20+ hours a week on the website, newsletter, content, and social media. Easily. And I'm happy to do it. And I know I must be doing a half decent job because the newsletter open and click rates stay high, and once in a while someone tells me how much they appreciate the newsletter (and I appreciate you back.)

But adding a YouTube channel on top of that would just be too much, unless I knew I was getting support for it. 

So ideally, that would be in the form of a combination of corporate sponsors and support from y'all. So even if you'd be willing to give $15, $5, or $1 to a Juniors in Tech Patreon, I'd love to hear your feedback on what you'd like to see on the YT channel. 
Leave Feedback About the YouTube Channel Here
Instagram Question of the Week
I'll be doing shout outs on Instagram to people in our community at least once a week. It'll just be a picture of you, with a quote, like the image above.

Every week, I'll ask a question. If you want to get a shout out, simply answer the question and send me a picture of you.

The question of the week is: Why did you want to pursue a career in tech?  Fill out this quick form if you're interested in getting a shout out. 

If you'd like to get featured in a blog post, fill out this form

This week we’ll get to know Soyo Awosika-Olumo, software engineer at Goldman Sachs and creator of the new Society x Tech newsletter. We talked about the newsletter, how tech affects society, and tech products that promote mindfulness.

"It’s important to build and create things that can leave a positive, long-lasting impact rather than just building something for the sake of building."

As people who work in tech, it’s very important to consider how products we interact with and create affect our society and culture. Keep reading to learn more about Society x Tech.

Read the Q&A With Soyo
New Blog Post

Last week, I asked a couple questions to juniors in tech on Twitter: 

1. What are some specific reasons why you got rejected from a job?

2. What are some positive, helpful interview experiences you had, even if you were rejected?

The responses I got made me so angry. Many people complained about being rejected for not having enough experience (even when applying for junior roles), not getting helpful feedback, and otherwise being treated unfairly by interviewers. 

I took the responses and summarized them in this blog post. If you're a junior candidate, I wrote this so that you know that you're not alone, and other juniors have experienced the same things. If you're involved in hiring juniors, I wrote this so that in the future, you can treat junior candidates more fairly. 
Read the Blog Post
A few folks are working on a product to help people transitioning to tech. It's a short survey, so please take a few minutes to fill it out. Thanks.

"Hello Juniors in Tech!

My name is Alyssa Williams. I am a software engineer that went through a career change. I am working on a startup idea called Underscore. The goal of Underscore is to help improve diversity and inclusion in technology. I am collecting data from people that are juniors in technology field to understand what they are currently going through in their job search and how Underscore can improve it."

Here's the link to the survey
Things to read on the commute. 
Fake Porn Videos are Being Used to Harass Women | Drew Harwell
This is why we can't have nice things. "‘Deepfake creators are making disturbingly realistic, computer-generated videos with photos taken from the Web, and ordinary women are suffering the damage."

How can we be more mindful using technology? | Soyo Awosika-Olumo
Can we use tech to help us be more mindful? This is a Q&A with Anne-Laure Le Cunff, creator of the Teeny Breaks Chrome extension, which shows you a science based mindfulness tip when you open a new tab. 
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
Source: Stephanie Hurlburt
Tae'lur Alexis on Using Social Media to Find a Job | Stephanie Hurlburt
How can you use Twitter to find your next job in tech? You might remember Tae'lur from a previous Juniors in Tech feature. She recently gave a talk on how to use social media to find a job in Tech. This is a summary of the main points. 

2018 Design Tools Survey | UX Tools
What are the most popular design tools in the industry, and what are other designers using? Find out by reading these survey results. Figma seems to be all the rage right now. 

720 Free Online Programming and Computer Science Courses | Dhawal Shah
This list has courses on everything: web & mobile development, cryptography, machine learning, algorithms, devops, and more.  

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Remote Jobs | Doist
I know everyone says that juniors shouldn't work remotely, but I disagree. I work remotely, and there are companies out there that are willing to hire juniors. Not many, but they're out there. Here are 8 mistakes to avoid when applying for remote jobs. 

33 Questions to Help You Evaluate a Startup Job Offer | Anisha Sekar
Imagine starting your dream job at a startup, only for them to run out of money 2 months later. It happens. Here are some questions to ask to make sure a startup job offer is worthwhile. 

How to Land Your First UX Design Job | Jeff Humble
11 of your most important questions answered, including how to set up your portfolio, and how to write a good cover letter. 

How to Find the Energy For Your Side Hustle | Megan Williams
It's all about priorities. Read this if you're interested in starting a side hustle, but aren't sure if you have the time or energy. 

5 Data Science Projects that Will Get You Hired | John Sullivan
Make sure you have these types of projects in your portfolio if you're looking for a data science job. 

How to Convince Your Company it's Ready for a Design System | Jeroin Ransijn
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Tech Stack'd Resume Workshop | January 15th, Virtual
A free resume workshop with Google recruiters. To attend, you need to join Tech Stack'd, which is free. 

Fairygodboss Virtual Career Fair | January 17th, Virtual
A virtual career fair for women in tech. Meet with companies like Amazon, Eventbrite, and SpaceX. 

Global Diversity CFP Day | March 2nd, Local Events Worldwide
Attend a Global Diversity CFP Day workshop to help you plan your first tech talk. "There will be numerous workshops hosted around the globe encouraging and advising newbie speakers to put together your very first talk proposal and share your own individual perspective on any subject of interest to people in tech."

Out In Tech Mentorship Program - U Cohort
This is an 8 week mentorship program for LGBTQIA+ people between the ages of 17 and 24. You can apply to be a mentor or mentee. Apply by March 10th. 

SaasStr Conference - Scholarships Available | February 5-7, SF Bay Area
1000 conference scholarships are available. See the link above to apply. "Once a year, 12,500+ SaaS executives, founders, and VCs come together for the SaaStr Annual, the largest non-vendor SaaS conference on the planet."

School of Machines, Making, and Make Believe Upcoming Programs - Berlin
"We run several intensive full-time four-week programs in Berlin, Germany, each with well-known instructors and a unique topic and focus." Scholarships available
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like. - Mute Background Noise 
For conference calls in noisy cafes. This free app mutes background noise when using your computer's mic. 

Lumen5: Social Videos Made Easy
Turn blog posts or articles into videos in minutes. 

Society x Tech 
Check out Soyo's new newsletter about tech's relationship with society. The first issue was about tech and mindfulness. 
Gotta pay the rent. 
Apply even if you don't meet all the requirements. 
Think Company - Software Development Apprentice | Philadelphia, PA, USA

Adobe - Creative Residency | Remote. 
"Applications will be accepted from candidates living in Canada, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, and — new this year — Japan." This is a year long residency with full salary and benefits, for designers (including UI/UX), illustrators, photographers, and people who do short form online video. Applications close February 7th. 

Junior Machine Learning Internship | NYC, LA, or Remote
From Michael Dempsey: "I'm looking for a junior machine learning intern for this spring semester. Role will be a combination of research and experimentation." See the tweet for more info. DM him on Twitter or email

Seed CX - Software Engineer | Chicago, IL, USA
Full stack, JavaScript. "0-3 years of experience in software engineering."

Atmecs - Junior DevOps Engineer | Plano, TX, USA

Gridle - Various Dev & Design Roles, Internships | Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India

Stencila - Product Designer, Software Engineer | Unknown
They don't have the location listed so idk. Some of their staff seem to be in New Zealand. 

HashiCorp - Software Engineer (Distributed Systems) | San Francisco, USA
"At HashiCorp, we are committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse team. If you are on the fence about whether you meet our requirements, please apply anyway!" See? I told you.

Planned Parenthood - Various Summer Internships | NYC, USA
Various internships in things like IT and digital product management.

All Turtles - UX Researcher | SF, USA

React Developer - Trainer Road | Reno, NV, USA or Remote

Read this job description. Isn't it nice to see a JD like that?

Pandium - Software Engineer | NYC, USA
This week, I'm getting more sleep.

Until next week,

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