30 days after Jen Diamond made first contact with Rails, she started teaching others
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You don’t need permission to become a developer - but a little encouragement can go a long way.
Just 30 days after attending her first RailsGirls event, Jen Diamond began helping other people learn. She’s hosted her own RailsGirls events, organized meetups, and reached out to businesses to encourage them to create internships.
What unique skills can you contribute to the software world? Jen shares how her musical background and love of learning helped her recognize that she can add value to anyone who wants to make software.
- [1:20] Welcome, Jen Diamond!
- [4:05] RailsGirls Los Angeles
- [6:28] The Standard Librarians
- [12:02] Jen’s job hunt
- [14:10] Teaching others as a newbie
- [20:59] People don’t need permission… they need encouragement
- [24:17] Jen draws from her musical past to inform her programming studies
- [29:26] Mob programming - jam sessions for programmers
- [32:40] You can’t know EVERYTHING… there’s always something new to learn
- [38:20] Create your own meetup groups to find like-minded people
- [41:15] The importance of learning groups dedicated exclusively to women
- [47:04] It takes courage to participate if you feel you don’t belong
- [52:52] Jen describes her dream job
- [60:12] Jen reaches out to businesses to create internships
- [64:58] RailsGirls workshop Los Angeles details
- [65:20] Get in touch with Jen Diamond (she’s for hire! :)