Today’s women often feel like they’re being pulled in different directions, juggling decisions about careers, life, and family. Is it really possible to have it all at once—starting a family, pursuing a dream career, and managing all the other logistics of a busy life?
As she was working an unfulfilling administrative job and becoming a first-time parent, Phoebe Voong-Fadel was pondering the same question. She enjoyed doing tech projects, but thought she needed a CS degree to change careers. Then, maternity leave gave Phoebe a perfect time to really rethink her career, research her options, and take the plunge. She quit her job and started learning to code as a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her second child.
Of course, as any stay-at-home parent knows, having two children under 2 years old at home is a job in itself! But Phoebe’s efforts paid off, and she’s now back to working full-time as a front-end developer.
In today’s episode, Phoebe talks about how she structured her days and found time to code as a stay-at-home mom, when she felt ready to start freelancing, tips for job hunting as a self-taught developer, advice for parents who want to learn to code, and more!
- Being a stay-at-home parent can be a great chance to plan a career change. Use those 15-minute naptimes and early bedtimes to think, research, and train for the job you want when you reenter the workforce.
- Go at your own pace and find resources that suit your learning style (for Phoebe, freeCodeCamp was a favorite). Take your time and don’t compare your journey to others.
- When you’re moving to a new industry, take stock of your potential transferable skills from your background! Communication, writing, project management, etc. Highlight these in interviews along with the technical skills you’ve learned.
- Speaking of interviews, look up common interview questions and do mock interviews with a friend, family member, or mentor. Also do your research on each company you interview for.
Beyond just using learn-to-code resources, consider seeking out a mentor who can give you more guidance about working in tech. Phoebe is a volunteer mentor at The Collab Lab!
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- Phoebe’s Website: thecodinghamster.com
- Phoebe’s Twitter: @phoebevf
- The Collab Lab
- Khan Academy
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