Moms do a lot! Between caring for kids and households and other responsibilities like jobs or classes, it can seem like there’s not enough time (or energy) in the day. But do you know what else they can do? Moms can code!
Erica Peterson sees tech as a perfect solution for working moms. As a new mom with a biology degree, she was working in a research lab when she realized that maintaining a work/life balance that way was simply too difficult. But being a stay-at-home mom felt unbalanced in the other direction, so Erica decided to try something new on her own.
Her first venture was a nonprofit called Science Tots, born out of her love for science. She started with classes in a church basement, leading parents and young children through activities to build early STEM skills. Now, the nonprofit works with schools and hosts large events.
While attending educational conferences to get new business ideas, Erica kept hearing about coding. She realized that since coding was probably something her son would be learning, she should try it too. To unite other moms who wanted to do the same thing, she started another group—and thus Moms Can Code began. Her online program connects moms with coding resources, mentors, and remote job opportunities to help them build a flexible life.
In this episode, Erica talks about her journey, what she’s trying to accomplish with Moms Can Code, the flexibility of tech, and the importance of finding your passion. Listen below!
- Tech isn’t a scary, inaccessible industry—it’s all around us and open to anyone
- Working in tech can mean saving for college for the kids, putting a downpayment on a house, or building a retirement fund, all while keeping space and time for your family
- Start with something that you're passionate about. Think of something that would be useful to you or solves a problem that you care about, and work towards building that.
- Have a plan. If you just go through all the lessons and courses that you can find, you could be learning forever. Dabble at first, but with the goal of finding something you enjoy and starting on a specific path.
- Have fun with it and embrace the new opportunities tech brings your way!
Links and mentions from the episode:
- Moms Can Code
- Moms Can & Co Newsletter
- Science Tots
- Computer Science Education Week
- Erica on Instagram
- Erica on Twitter
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