11 steps to becoming a software engineer (without a CS degree)

| Get awesome (and free) stuff here

Despite popular myths, you can become a software developer without a college degree.

Whether you’re re-entering the workforce or stuck in a career you dislike (administration, operations, banking, etc.), transitioning into a career as a software developer is within your grasp. As long as you’re willing to put in the hard work.

According to US News, software developers have a median salary of $95,510 per year, and an unemployment rate of 2.5%, making it one of the most lucrative technology careers.

Keep reading


3-Step Formula for Beating Anxiety and Networking Like a Pro

| Get awesome (and free) stuff here

The underpinning of any successful freelancer is the relationships they have.

From these relationships comes repeat business, as well as referrals for new clients. So, what’s the best way to build these kinds of relationships? Networking.

Unfortunately, most of us (including me!) don’t enjoy “networking”. We feel anxious and out of place. And start to stutter when asked the simple question, “What do you do?”

Ack.

Below guest writer Joyce Akiko shares a three-step formula for overcoming the anxiety associated with networking.

Keep reading


11 Coursera Specializations to Boost Your Tech Career

| Get awesome (and free) stuff here

When you’re trying to break into the tech industry (or move up the next rung on the ladder), nothing can sabotage you faster than being too general.

The fact of the matter is, nobody wants to hire someone who has a surface knowledge of ten coding languages and fifty tools. They want to hire experts who can skillfully handle a specific role.

That’s where Coursera comes in. Coursera is an online course platform with offerings from universities around the world.

Keep reading


Is a coding bootcamp worth it? 12 questions you need to ask yourself

| Get awesome (and free) stuff here

A coding bootcamp is a several-thousand-dollar investment, and that’s not even factoring in the cost of your time. It’s a big decision to make. You may be wondering if you should invest in one: will it be worth it?

I put together a set of 12 questions to help guide you to the right decision. These questions have been created based on insights from previous bootcamp graduates. And by the end you’ll determine if a coding bootcamp is for you —

Keep reading