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Becoming a Software Engineer

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2014 Voices Conference presented by Global Tech Women
Presenter: Kinsey Durham, gSchool

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Becoming a Software Engineer

  1. 1. Becoming a Software Engineer: Inspiring a New Generation of Developers
  2. 2. Outreach Programs Mentorship Apprentice Programs Developer Schools
  3. 3. Programs like Railsbridge
  4. 4. “I got to meet people who were new, instead of people who had been doing it since they were five.”
  5. 5. “It creates an open and encouraging environment for people who might otherwise selfselect out of programming”
  6. 6. Mentorship
  7. 7. Mentorship is worth your time.
  8. 8. Being a great mentor
  9. 9. Ability to explain complex concepts simply
  10. 10. Awareness
  11. 11. Patience
  12. 12. Weekly Retrospectives
  13. 13. Pairing
  14. 14. Empathy
  15. 15. Apprentice Programs
  16. 16. 25%
  17. 17. “thoughtbot noticed there were talented people who weren’t ready for full-time consulting jobs with us, but figured we could train them...”
  18. 18. Benefits much higher than the costs.
  19. 19. Why should companies be doing this?
  20. 20. More developers for hire
  21. 21. Corporate Social Responsibility
  22. 22. Supporting employees who want to mentor/teach
  23. 23. Good will/vision of company spreads
  24. 24. Developer Schools
  25. 25. “Along with learning to code and acquiring a job, The Flatiron School really taught me to check my ego.”
  26. 26. Critiques/Controversy
  27. 27. Why is all of this important?
  28. 28. Diversity Lack of quality engineers Failure of education system
  29. 29. “Providing formal mentorship is important for retaining and advancing underrepresented employees.” - NCWIT
  30. 30. Access to computers and the Internet
  31. 31. 82% of CS graduates are male
  32. 32. Lack of Encouragement Financial Access Barriers Discrimination Lack of Role Models
  33. 33. Who’s hiring?
  34. 34. 4 years Expensive Lack of real experience
  35. 35. Thanks.
  36. 36. @KinseyAnnDurham kinseyann505@gmail.com
  37. 37. Works Cited: http://www.sarahmei.com/blog/2010/02/20/scale-8x-slides-posted/ Dave Hoover’s Apprenticeship Patterns Women in IT Dr. Catherine Ashcraft and Sarah Blite for the National Center for Women in Information Technology http://wdr.doleta.gov/research/FullText_Documents/ETAOP_2012_10.pdf http://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/legacy/pdf/NCWIT_TheFacts_rev2010.pdf http://www.ncwit.org/sites/default/files/legacy/pdf/BytheNumbers09.pdf http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/labor/news/2012/07/12/11900/the-top-10-economicfacts-of-diversity-in-the-workplace/ www.railsbridge.org www.gschool.it www.blackgirlswhocode.com www.railsgirls.com http://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Code-Boulder-Denver/

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