Struggling with online learning?

We know that many of you have been taking the time during this pandemic to work on upskilling and Kathryn who runs the Python beginners group posted a link that resonated with her: What beginner’s mind is really like. In response Steve from CodeHub wrote the following which we thought was brilliant advise so we thought it was worth sharing for all of those feeling like you are scaling an impossible task:

  1. You will succeed and so it is worth pushing through. Learning to code is not about innate talent or any guff like that. It does require you to find a new way of thinking about processes, which is quite reductionistic, and if that’s a bit foreign to you at the moment, it will take extra time. But you will get there.
  2. Focussed learning is demanding and stressful and that stress comes in waves unique to you. So don’t worry about the fact that you’re sweating it. Do not compare yourself against other students to see if they too are finding it tough because they are likely to be at different points in the learning cycle. Be kind to yourself and recognize that you’re doing something challenging and give yourself rest periods.
  3. Setbacks are keys to the learning process. When you are blocked, do not worry that it means you are no good at this. Setbacks are a normal and important part of learning, indicating a missing and valuable line of thought. There are two ways to progress through a setback if you’re on your own. You can back off and try ‘circling’ the topic to see if a different approach fills in more information. Or you can try to push through with intensified focus: close off all distractions, grab a coffee, get comfy and re-read every part of the puzzle and force yourself to understand every sentence in its entirety. And also …
  4. Reach out for help from more experienced people, especially when you encounter setbacks. The ideal situation is when someone will set aside an hour or so to work through what you’re finding challenging. Sometimes just putting it into words can be enough. Sometimes you’ll need someone to patiently listen and then show you how to put your thoughts back on the rails.
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CodeHub is a great place to get support and they have some brilliant members in there who appear to be simply sat waiting for you to pose them questions – if you haven’t joined up with them yet then go take a look at their slack channels here. We feel like saying that you get 30 days and if you’re not satisfied we’ll give you your money back. The thing is its free and we know that its brilliant so see you all in there…

Workshop Wednesday

The next online Workshop Wednesday will be on the 12th of August and will host four workshops :

If you wish to do a talk then please let us know by email on info@wthub.org. We are happy to host other rooms if you want to discuss projects etc and if you wish to sponsor one the details are on our networking page here.

Stuff we spotted and thought we would pass on

Diversity and inclusion in cyber security workforce revealed for the first time

CYBER security chiefs have committed to lead a drive towards improving diversity and inclusion in the workforce after the publication of a major survey today. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – and KPMG UK have jointly published the first annual Decrypting Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion in Cyber Security report, which sets a benchmark for improving the experiences and opportunities for existing and future staff working in the industry.

Digital Women, an Institute of Coding Event

Are you considering a career change in tech, but not sure you have the digital skills to progress? Are you aware of the opportunities available in the digital sector? The Institute of Coding and partners are proud to host a free online event for women who wish to find out more information about a career in the digital sector and learn new skills. The event is also suitable for women returning to work, considering a career change and those thinking about going to university. As part of this event, you can hear from people in industry, have a go at practical sessions and listen to panel discussions from inspirational women.

FREE Certification course on Data Analysis with Python

Zero to Pandas in partnership with freeCodeCamp starting on Aug 15th at 8.30 AM PST/9:00 PM IST Enroll Now @ zerotopandas.com; Livestream @ freeCodeCamp Youtube Channel

Conferences

IEEE MobileCloud 2020 August 3-6

The integration of mobile computing, edge and cloud services enables new applications that provide resources andservices on an intelligent basis, process big data collected from mobile sensors, connected vehicles and support Internet of things (IoT) with massive edge and cloud-based backend. 5G technology will be a key enabler of thisintegration. Such mobile applications will have tremendous impacts on many aspects of our life, including transportation/V2X, e-commerce, healthcare, smart homes and smart cities, social interaction, and many more.

This Week’s happenings have moved to a dedicated page

Event listings are now updated weekly basis on our Events page

Jobs

Robot searching for a job

We have new Jobs coming in every week for those of you looking check out our Jobs Board. For Companies looking for diverse candidates then please also check out our candidates page as we also have new members on there every week.

We know that for many people and children the office and school can be their refuge so please be aware that in Bristol, Next Link domestic abuse telephone helplines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0117 925 0680. Help is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the National Domestic Violence Helpline – Freephone 0808 2000 247.

Domestic Violence Support

Did we miss anything?

If you have anything that you want us to mention on our next Blogpost contact us on info@wthub.org. We do try to keep it to free or funded items that our members might relate to.

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Our Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

We have a Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

If you want to engage with our members, advertise your companies and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.