We've all heard that expression "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." As someone who has experience both working in and teaching tech, I can confirm that whoever said that got it the wrong way around. I love teaching beginner developers, and you've got to be a good developer to teach it. Juniors ask the weirdest questions, they will ask you things you have never ever considered, and suddenly you have to come up with a suitable explanation and analogy in 2s flat. It's fun, it keeps me on my toes, it means I learn new things in every single class, and it is so rewarding being part of the early stages of someone's journey into tech.
She Codes is a startup, based in Perth, that is on a mission to teach women coding skills, get women into technical careers, and build communities of like-minded women. Their vision is to increase diversity in tech by inspiring 100,000 women across Australia by 2025.
She Codes runs several different programs of various lengths. My primary role with She Codes is as Lead Mentor for the Flash (one week taster) and Plus (22 week bootcamp) programs.
As Lead Mentor, it is my job to faciliate each class, and often that involves live coding and giving detailed explanations about technical subjects on the fly. On a more personal level, I care so deeply about getting more diversity in tech, that sometimes the hardest part about this role is leaving the emotions at the door. I go out of my way to make sure every single student is getting the most out of every class, which can be a difficult task at the best of times, but the success our students have had as a result makes it all worth it in the end.
The National Computer Science School runs a summer camp program, which I attended as a student in 2014 and 2015. NCSS is what made me realise that I wanted a career in Software! It is a 10 day event where students from all over Australia and New Zealand, as well as tutors from all over the world, come together to learn and experience Computer Science. It's just as nerdy as it sounds and is always an incredible experience! I loved it so much that I went back as an industry mentor in 2016, and then as a tutor in 2017 and 2018.