Learn to Code With Me

Learn to Code With Me

The Learn to Code With Me podcast, created by Laurence Bradford, is for aspiring techies and self-taught coders looking to transition into the tech industry. Want actionable insights on how you can get paid for your coding skills? Then you're in the right place!

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September 7, 2021

As the eighth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I wanted to share a few quick updates on LTCWM and my life outside of work.

To stay in touch while we're off-season, join our email list at learntocodewith.me.

Catch up on all past episodes at learntocodewith.me/podcast, including these Season 8 episodes:

  • S8E1: From Stay-At-Home Mom to Full-Time Front-End Developer With Phoebe Voong-Fadel

  • S8E2: From Fry...
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    After playing rugby in college, working an unpaid filmmaking internship, and switching into recruiting, Michael Poage was feeling burnt out. But after teaching himself how to code, Michael was able to land a job at startup Teachable without a computer science degree or coding bootcamp experience.

    In this episode, Mike talks about how he got his job at Teachable, what internal tools are and why they matter to a company, and his expe...

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    At 17, Kara Luton was living on her own in New York City on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. But after realizing that a career in ballet wasn’t for her, she worked in the music industry and PR before she stumbled across coding. In this episode, you’ll learn how Kara’s athletic training helped her in her tech career, and how she became a UX engineer at CrowdStrike.

    To learn more about Kara Luton, Laurence Bradford, and ...

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    Matt Wiethoff had a promising career in tech, until everything was put on pause because of an injury that made it painful to type on a keyboard. But he turned his challenge into an opportunity and founded Serenade, a powerful tool that lets you code using only your voice, from refactoring code to writing docs. Your move, RSI.

    To learn more about Matt Wiethoff, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/s...

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    It took Stacey Graham 13 years to earn her IT degree. She’s gone through a lot – moving into another state, becoming a mother of three, surviving cancer, and losing a six-month-old son – and amidst these difficult situations, Stacey was still able to find a successful career in tech.

    To learn more about Stacey Graham, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/s8e5.

    Thank you to our sponsor for this seas...

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    Jesse Weigel pivoted into a new tech career under a unique combination of circumstances – a growing family, a curiosity for coding, and a friend with a job opportunity. Even without formal training, Jesse was able to teach himself to code, leave his job in the restaurant industry, and ultimately become the head of engineering at Tabela and a live coder for freeCodeCamp, where he first learned to code.

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    Nikkole Spurgeon has been through a lot - domestic violence, drug addiction, and even imprisonment. She knew that things should change, and that’s where coding came into the picture.

    In this episode, Nikkole talks about her life before prison, difficulties with learning in prison, adapting to COVID-19, her motivation for learning, transitioning to the outside world, and what her day-to-day life is like right now.

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    Danny Thompson was at a crossroads. He had to decide between staying at his job as a gas station fry cook or making a drastic career shift. And after learning to code as a hobby, Danny now works full-time at Google in Developer Relations. 

    In this episode, Danny talks about his job search strategy and how he landed his first job in tech. He also shares the value of meaningful relationships in your career, how anyone at any age and ...

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    In today’s episode, Phoebe Voong-Fadel 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!

    To learn more about Phoebe Voong-Fadel, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit learntocodewith.me/s8e1.

    Thank you to our sponsor this season, Linode. ...

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    Host Laurence Bradford shares an update on Learn to Code With Me, including what’s new for Season 8 of the podcast. She also shares a few major updates on her life and business since Season 7 wrapped in July 2020, plus an exciting look at what’s to come in this 8-episode season of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast. 

    Thank you to our sponsor this season, Linode. Host your app, website, or service on the cloud from just $5 a month, p...

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    July 28, 2020

    As the seventh season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I reflect on the inspiring transformation stories we shared, including recaps of my favorite moments.

    I also share updates on LTCWM and my goals for 2020, including a sneak peek into what we’re working on next through the end of the year.

    Catch up on all eight episodes from Season 7 here or at learntocodewith.me/podcast:

  • S7E1: Making the Pivot from Pastor...
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    As a young aspiring astronaut in high school, Camille Eddy started building websites to pay for her college housing. She’s a first-generation STEM student, and with support from key mentors, today, Camille is a Product Engineer at Bloc and an International Public Speaker.

    In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How Camille got into robotics
  • How mentors have played a critical role in her career
  • Why Camille believes it’s so important to advocat...
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    With barely enough income to support his wife and child, not to mention a poor working environment for his physical and mental health, Michael Pimentel wanted to move on from being a glassblower.

    That’s why after 9 years in the film industry, Michael decided to pursue a career in tech by using free online resources to teach himself how to code. 

    If you’re considering a transition to tech from a non-traditional background, Michael o...

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    Caitlyn Greffly used to travel around the country selling beer, but it got tiring. So in pursuit of a more sustainable way of living, Caitlyn started teaching herself to code. She ended up joining a bootcamp and quickly received a job offer before she even completed the program, less than 6 months later.

    In this episode, Caitlyn talks about…

  • Applying to boot camps, and how she came back after getting rejected the first time
  • Her expe...
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    Newvick Lee is a software developer at WealthBar, a Canadian fintech company. He’s also working on Habitmon, a chatbot that helps with building habits. But before all this, Newvick was a pharmacist who helped people with mental health issues. 

    In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How Newvick made the transition from pharmacist to software engineer without a computer science degree
  • The importance of working on side projects when you're...
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    Erik is a senior software engineer at an insurance technology company in Reno, Nevada. He’s also a tech author, podcast co-host, blogger, and YouTuber. 

    Even though Erik has a traditional computer science degree, his path wasn’t very traditional. He took a break from college after a couple of semesters, took a job in tech support for a few years, and then went back to finish his degree.

    And that’s what we’re going to be talking abo...

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    Rebecca Garcia is a Career Coach & Product Manager who helps women build fulfilling six-figure careers in tech.

    Previously she was a Program Manager at Microsoft, Developer at Squarespace, and is currently a Technical Product Manager. Named one of the 'Top Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry' by Glamour Magazine, and a 'Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion' from former U.S. President Barack Obama.

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    Bekah Hawrot Weigel is a mother of four and a former part-time English teacher who redefined her life through coding. As she was giving birth to her fourth child, Bekah experienced trauma that left her with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Feeling lost at the time, Bekah finally took on her husband’s crazy suggestion to learn to code (as he had a few years ago). She found coding surprisingly therapeutic, and a few year...

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    With a full-time job as a worship pastor and as a single dad of three girls, Chris Misterek couldn’t afford to take any job that required him to be away from home. So on a friend’s recommendation, he started looking into web design, took courses, and even started building websites for his friends’ businesses or blogs.

    He eventually found his way to Showit, a family-oriented tech company, and in this episode, Chris talks about his t...

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    Host Laurence Bradford shares an update on Learn to Code with Me, including what’s new for Season 7 of the podcast. She also shares a few major updates on her life and business since Season 6 wrapped in October 2019, plus an exciting look at what’s to come in this 8-episode season of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast.

    Special Announcement: The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ult...

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