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Learn from inspiring developers about how they found meaningful and fulfilling work that that also pays them well. On The Scrimba Podcast, you'll hear motivational advice and job-hunting strategies from developers who've been exactly where you are now. We talk to developers about their challenges, learnings, and switching industries in the hopes of inspiring YOU. This is the podcast that provides the inspiration, tools, and roadmaps to move from where you are to work that matters to you and uniquely fits your strengths and talents.

The Scrimba Podcast Alex Booker

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Learn from inspiring developers about how they found meaningful and fulfilling work that that also pays them well. On The Scrimba Podcast, you'll hear motivational advice and job-hunting strategies from developers who've been exactly where you are now. We talk to developers about their challenges, learnings, and switching industries in the hopes of inspiring YOU. This is the podcast that provides the inspiration, tools, and roadmaps to move from where you are to work that matters to you and uniquely fits your strengths and talents.

    The Path to Becoming an AI Engineer with Scrimba CEO Per Borgen

    The Path to Becoming an AI Engineer with Scrimba CEO Per Borgen

    🎙 About the episode
    Meet Per Borgen 🇳🇴! Scrimba's co-founder and CEO returns to the show after more than two years. In this episode, Per and Alex delve into the emergence of a new breed of developer—the AI engineer.
    What defines an AI engineer? What key skills set them apart? Is machine learning knowledge a prerequisite? Why did ChatGPT bring a paradigm shift in our interaction with AI? Dive into these topics, discover how to utilize and personalize existing AI models, and explore alternative options beyond OpenAI.
    Since the Scrimba podcast always brings you practical advice, this episode is a guide to the AI engineer stack. Prepare to take notes as Per unravels the terminology and technology crucial for navigating the AI landscape as a developer.
    This episode begins a five-part series on AI engineering, introducing Scrimba's AI Engineer Path.
    🔗 Connect with Per

    👨‍💼LinkedIn
    🐦 Twitter

    🧰 Resources Mentioned
    The AI Engineer Path⭐️ Leave a Review
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.

    • 48 min
    What Is Productivity Anxiety and How to Beat It, with Matt and Eric from Self-Taught Devs Podcast

    What Is Productivity Anxiety and How to Beat It, with Matt and Eric from Self-Taught Devs Podcast

    🎙 About the episode
    Meet Matt Ehrlich and Eric Winkelspecht 🇬🇧! They are the hosts of the Self-Taught Devs podcast. And, you guessed it, they are self-taught devs and career changers to boot. Matt was a park ranger, and Eric worked at an IT solutions company but didn't code. Today, they are a front-end developer and a full-stack developer, respectively, who met through LinkedIn and then decided to host a podcast!
    In this episode, you will learn about their coding journeys, the resources they used, and why they decided to be self-taught. They talk about motivation and keeping yourself going, how to create structure, and what to do if you feel guilty when you take a break. If you're curious about what makes a successful self-taught dev, this episode is for you!
    🔗 Connect with Matt and Eric


    👨‍💼 Matt's LinkedIn, Eric's LinkedIn

    📻 Podcast

    ✏️ Matt's blog

    📹 Matt's YouTube, Eric's YouTube

    👨‍🚀 Matt's GitHub, Eric's GitHub

    ⭐️ Leave a Review
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.

    • 39 min
    How to Find Your People and the Work You Find Exciting, with Scrimba Student Anna

    How to Find Your People and the Work You Find Exciting, with Scrimba Student Anna

    🎙 About the episode
    Meet Anna Ha 🇵🇱 🇰🇷! Anna was born in Poland, where she majored in English and minored in Chinese. She then moved to South Korea and set off to learn Korean and coding at the same time! Today, she works at a startup that creates tools for learning Korean. Perfect match!
    In this episode, you'll discover if coding is a language. Anna also shares her learning strategy, how she discovered Scrimba, what amazing projects she worked on via Chingu, how she kept herself motivated, and how finding a community helped her stay on track. You'll also discover what's the key to both landing a job and looking forward to going to work every day!
    🔗 Connect with Anna

    👩‍💼 LinkedIn
    🌐 Website
    👩‍🚀 GitHub
    🐦 X
    🤖 annannanna on the Scrimba Discord

    🔗 Timestamps

    How Anna discovered coding when she had a blog as a teenager but ended up studying languages (01:14)
    Anna started learning to code after moving from Poland to South Korea! (03:00)
    Anna always wanted to live somewhere else at least for a year (05:16)
    How Anna learned to code (06:02)
    What to do if you think that coding just isn't for you (08:39)
    Community break (11:46)
    Focus on one step at a time (14:41)
    How Anna juggled different learning resources (15:28)
    How Chingu helped Anna get relevant coding experience (18:02)
    How Anna landed her first tech role (22:01)
    Anna's interview process and what was most important (24:19)
    Anna's current company: Learn Korean in Koren (25:19)
    Your background is important, and so is your attitude (26:58)
    Quick-fire questions! K-pop, Flutter, and Scrimba (30:41)
    How Anna found out she was getting an offer (31:45)
    The importance of community and support (34:53)
    Advice to younger Anna (35:33)
    ⭐️ Leave a Review
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.

    • 37 min
    Mastering Corporate Culture for New Developers

    Mastering Corporate Culture for New Developers

    🎙 About the episodeReady for your first dev job? Today on the podcast, you'll learn how companies work and how teams stay efficient. How does a typical team operate? Who do you report to? How do you know if you're the right culture fit? Why should you know what you need from your team? And why do job postings sometimes... not make sense?
    We have compiled the best, most actionable advice to help you understand a corporate environment. You'll hear from engineering manager and career coach Tiffany Jachhja, founder of Technical Integrity Dave Mayer, opera singer turned developer and developer coach Ana McDougal, and engineering manager Jason C McDonald.
    📻 Listen to the full interviews

    Understanding Corporate Hierarchy (and Perfecting Your Resume), With Tiffany Jachja

    Advice from a Junior Developer Career Coach, with Anna McDougal
    What Are Company Values… and Why You Should Know Your Own, with Dave Mayer

    Lessons Learned Recruiting and Managing Junior Developers for 10 Years, with Jason C. McDonald
    🔗 Connect with everybody

    Tiffany: 👩🏻‍💼 Linkedin, 📹 Twitch, 🐦 Twitter, 🌐  Website

    Anna: 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn, 🌐 Website, 👩‍🚀 GitHub, 🐦 Twitter, 📹 YouTube

    Dave: 🐦 Twitter, 🌐  Website, 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn

    Jason: 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn, 🌐 Website, 👩‍🚀 GitHub, 🐦 Twitter, 📖 Dead Simple Python - Idiomatic Python for the Impatient Programmer

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Understanding corporate structure (02:14)
    Differences between smaller and bigger teams, and project management vs. people management (04:54)
    What should a junior developer look for from their engineering manager? (07:57)
    Nine Belbin Team Roles (09:49)
    How to find a mentor online, and why you should know how to code in a team (11:08)
    A job interview is just looking for compatibility (13:31)
    Community break (16:20)
    What does it mean to be a culture fit? What is a culture add? (19:12)
    Company culture vs. company values (21:55)
    How to understand your own values (23:16)
    Why you shouldn't get discouraged if you don't meet all the requirements on a job ad (29:22)
    🧰 Resources Mentioned

    Learning in public!
    How to Avoid Burnout, Improve Your Confidence and Keep Coding Fun, with Scrimba Student Sylvia
    ⭐️ Leave a Review
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.

    • 36 min
    Nadia Zhuk: Anybody Can Code, and Your Background Doesn't Define You

    Nadia Zhuk: Anybody Can Code, and Your Background Doesn't Define You

    🎙 About the episode
    This is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular interviews. Meet Nadia Zhuk 🇧🇾! Nadia made a switch to coding from journalism at the age of 25. That decision has got her moving countries not once but twice! Nowadays, she lives in London, works at Intercom, and helps aspiring developers. She's also written a book, Crossing the Rubycon, filled with practical advice and insider tips on learning to code and building a programming career.
    In this episode, Nadia shares her story and many things she's learned along the way! You'll get to know what's it like to learn to code without a technical background, how to manage your mindset and mental health during the process, and what's Nadia's take on choosing your first programming language. Nadia and Alex also discuss common stereotypes about programming,  gatekeeping within the industry, and what are the critical but often overlooked factors in choosing what to learn. 
    🔗 Connect with Nadia

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn

    🌐 Dev.to

    🐦 Twitter

    📹 YouTube

    ⭐️ Leave a Review
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.

    • 35 min
    How Johnny Learned Angular and Typescript in Three Days

    How Johnny Learned Angular and Typescript in Three Days

    🎙 About the episode
    Meet Johnny Proano 🇺🇸! Johnny had a long and happy career in sales, spanning almost two decades. But, something was missing, so he decided to explore coding. He thought he had to have a degree, but when it turned out he couldn't afford it, he enrolled into a bootcamp and signed up for Scrimba.
    This is a fun and exciting story about career change and looking for your purpose. It is also a story of networking at your daughter's school events, as well as learning Angular and TypeScript (and creating a project using them) in only three days! You'll hear how Johnny approached learning and what kept him going, how to introduce software engineering to toddlers, and how can you turn your failed job interviews in learning experiences once and for all.
    🔗 Connect with Johnny

    👨‍💼 LinkedIn
    🌐 Website
    ⏰ Timestamps

    How Johnny discovered coding because he needed a website (01:35)
    Why Johnny wanted to switch from a successful and long-lasting career in sales (04:38)
    How did Johnny learn to code, and why did he have to drop out of school (08:07)
    Community break with Jan the Producer (13:36)
    Johnny's bootcamp experience... and how he found Scrimba (16:02)
    How Johnny started applying for jobs, and how he dealt with imposter syndrome (18:27)
    Johnny's approach to job applications and LinkedIn (20:33)
    Quick-fire questions: DJing, learning resources, and Vue (24:09)
    How Johnny turned failed interviews into learning opportunities (26:23)
    Johnny got a job via networking at his daughter's school event! (26:56)
    How Johnny had only three days to learn a new technology and get ready for an interview (29:30)
    "I need to do something that's going to make an impact" (31:52)
    Interview tip: ask questions (36:11)
    Johnny got a job offer within 24 hours! (36:37)
    Do you need a degree to be a developer? (38:59)
    Coding for toddlers (39:39)
    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Johnny's bootcamp

    Scrimba's Frontend Career Path

    ⭐️ Leave a Review
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.

    • 42 min

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