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:
You will succeedand 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.
Focussed learning is demanding and stressfuland 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.
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 …
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.
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…
We’ve been having talks with women working in tech over the years and discussing the issues they face, we’ve decided that its worth having a wider conversation to help people have awareness of some of them. To start off we are tackling the Recruitment process both internal recruitment processes and external recruitment companies appear to have or are blockers for our women. We were really first made aware of this at our tech3shed recruitment fair where we were talking to the managers/CTO’s/CEO’s who attended and were bemused by how astonished they were by the number of high-quality female candidates they were seeing. Apparently they were not seeing them at all when they were recruiting, and when we spoke to the women it wasn’t like they hadn’t been applying. So the question for you all is – what’s actually blocking them? ……. We don’t have all the answers but check out this piece to start off your thinking on the interview process for those that do get that far.
Women Tech Founders
… have run off on holiday but assured us that they will be back in September. As with everything we are still available for 121’s if you send us a message on firstname.lastname@example.org, we can arrange a call or zoom.
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.
Check out this one for example – its supports remote working, is a charity and is bending over backwards to create an inclusive team. They are also upskilling in house to keep their employees careers moving, if we had a checklist for suitable companies they would have passed – solutions-developer.
As with every summer we try to take a bit of a break as many of our members have families and take holidays at this time. This means that Free 3 Fridays is closed for a break, but if anyone wants to have a chat then we are available for 121’s if you send us a message on email@example.com we can arrange a call or zoom.
We also know that some of our members have been hit by the current situation so if you are looking for a job then you might want us to add you to our candidate’s page here and also take a look at our jobs board for companies who have an interest in diverse candidates.
So while we are closing our doors on the fridays we have decided to carry on with our Workshop Wednesdays events throughout so people can carry on with their upskilling.
The next Workshop Wedenesday will be next week on the 29th of July and we currently have:
As members of women’s Tech hub, we know that there are multiple issues of bias around recruitment. Our members complain about ghosting, which is when they simply don’t have any response or gaslighting, which is when someone agrees on a price or agreement with you and then tells you they never agreed that. It’s rife in the industry and drives many of you away, we know this because you tell us!
We, therefore, set up direct recruitment with tech3shed, which was where we introduced members directly to the companies cutting out the recruitment process by talking directly at a careers fair. AND it worked! It was amazing to see how many of the main companies were shocked to see the quality of our members whom, without the industry blockers, they would never meet.
Because of that we now go direct and we have some great companies who are keen to talk direct, which is great. You can be a member on our candidate’s page here without your current company knowing it’s you (an issue with LinkedIn for some) and also we are only charging 5% as it means it keeps us independent and supports our work. We have some new companies and candidates coming in weekly so check out our pages – candidates here and jobs here.
If you are a company not understanding where the women are, then speak to us direct on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can explain why you don’t see them yet.
The next Workshop Wedenesday will be this week on the 15th of July and we currently have:
Guest speaker Eleanor Stowe: Design in Change Roles
The group are coming back as part of the Workshop Wednesday bi-weekly event starting this Wednesday the 15th! And they have a great new Logo…
Self-paced peer-supported study session
WE ARE BACK!!! After a break to re-arrange and adjust to the new situation, we are re-joining Workshop Wednesdays!
This coming meeting will focus on YOU – the learning group, and will also follow a new format.
6pm : (Zoom) Start – as part of Workshop Wednesdays
6:15pm: (Zoom) Community news and cool tools We will share some useful tips and tricks for Python and Jupyter notebooks, plus talk about upcoming events, workshops and interesting meetups related to Data Science and Machine Learning.
6:45pm: (Zoom) Discussion on your wishes for this study group – format, tools, etc. Bring your ideas and your calendars.
7:15pm: Coffee/wine/cocktail/beer break – as part of Workshop Wednesdays
7:30pm: Study time – yes! Time to carry on learning! This will not be moderated and not on Zoom. Just you and your laptop. We are currently focusing on the fast.ai ‘Practical Deep Learning for Coders v3’ course (https://www.fast.ai/)
8:30pm: Central chat and updates – as part of Workshop Wednesdays
Note: Everyone is welcome to join. Together with Women’s Tech Hub Bristol, we are here to encourage diversity in STEM.