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S3E15: Learning How To Code with Code Crew Co-founder Jamal O’Garro

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In today’s episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk with Jamal O’Garro, the co-founder of Code Crew – a platform that offers affordable classes, workshops, and meetups. He’s also a self-taught software engineer.

Jamal started his career in finance, but after being let go during the financial crisis and being unemployed for a year, he decided to transition into tech. He started to teach himself how to code and set up some study groups, which turned into teaching workshops. He started to become recognized for teaching, and Code Crew was born!

In this episode, Jamal shares with us the resources he used to learn how to code. He also reminds us how important it is to create a network of peers.

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Key takeaways:

  • If you’re thinking of learning to code, JavaScript is a great place to start.
  • Make sure you go to meetups, hackathons, and tech conferences. It’s important to build a network of peers for advice and help on your journey.
  • Loads of opportunities can come from your personal network, including jobs.
  • Follow the Twitter accounts of the language you’re interested in; these are great places to find learning materials.

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