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A podcast that aims to interview career changers & folks that are diversifying the tech industry. Sharing stories about the different routes people have taken to enter the industry and chatting about the skills they learned in their prior jobs, schooling, or life experiences & how they apply them to their current roles in tech. https://WeBelongPodcast.com/

We Belong Here: Lessons from Unconventional Paths to Tech Lauren Lee

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

A podcast that aims to interview career changers & folks that are diversifying the tech industry. Sharing stories about the different routes people have taken to enter the industry and chatting about the skills they learned in their prior jobs, schooling, or life experiences & how they apply them to their current roles in tech. https://WeBelongPodcast.com/

    From Web2 to Web3 with Zsófi Major

    From Web2 to Web3 with Zsófi Major

    Zsófi Major has had many roles over the years within the web2 space: project manager, COO, and business developer.
    After business hours she volunteered within the Drupal community, bringing together developers from all over the world at conferences she organized.
    After burning out from web development projects, unmanageable deadlines, and clients - she quit her job and decided to take a break and apply for roles she really wanted to do full-time - ones where she could be involved in community and event management.
    She joined Parity’s DevRel team in March 2022 as a newbie in web3 and I’m happy to report she loves her job, for the first time in her life!
    Resources:
    @ZsófiMajor Twitter  
    @Polkadot Twitter  
    Parity blog 
    Hackathon calendar
    Madly Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman 

    We Belong Here Podcast:
    Follow on Twitter:
    @LoLoCoding
    @AaronBassett
    @WeBelongPodcast 
    WeBelongPodcast.com
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    We Belong Here Discord Community
    Join us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 

    • 41 min
    Sustainability and Blockchain with Alexandra Heller

    Sustainability and Blockchain with Alexandra Heller

    Alexandra Heller is the Founder of Crypto Philanthropy Club, a club for crypto people who care and give, and is the Marketing Director at Bitgreen, the sustainability blockchain.
    Her life’s quest is to help the helpers and spread the ideas the world needs. She previously was the Head of Marketing at Parity Technologies as well as the Marketing Director at Floracopeia.
    Resources: 
    CryptoPhilanthropy.club & podcastBitgreen.orgAlexandraheller.com@alxheller on TwitterReFi DAO - podcast & TwitterGiveth NFTreesendel.io I Will Teach You to Be Rich bookLiving a Committed Life bookLynne Twist The Soul of Money We Belong Here Podcast:
    Follow on Twitter:
    @LoLoCoding
    @AaronBassett
    @WeBelongPodcast 
    WeBelongPodcast.com
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    We Belong Here Discord Community
    Join us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 

    • 51 min
    Introducing, We Belong... in Web3!

    Introducing, We Belong... in Web3!

    We Belong is back!

    We're (Lauren and Aaron ) talking about what we've been up to since the last episode - including new jobs in Web3 AND an incredibly adorable new member of our family.

    This episode kicks off a new season of We Belong and it's all about Web3. Today they're discussing our own initial hesitations and skepticism around Web3, why we made the ultimate choice to join a Web3 company, and what we hope to achieve this season.

    Join us this season as we celebrate the stories of those diversifying the Web3 space✨

    We Belong Here Podcast:
    Follow on Twitter:
    @LoLoCoding
    @AaronBassett
    @WeBelongPodcast 
    WeBelongPodcast.com
    Subscribe on Apple
    Subscribe on Spotify
    We Belong Here Discord Community
    Join us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 

    • 25 min
    A Bootcamper's Companion by Caitlyn Greffly

    A Bootcamper's Companion by Caitlyn Greffly

    Caitlyn joins Lauren to talk about her new book, The Bootcamper’s Companion. 
    If you're trying to break into tech, you probably already know it's a huge and complicated world. Maybe you're thinking about a career change, currently enrolled in a bootcamp, on a self-taught journey, or trying to figure out what will set you apart to land your first job.
    Caitlyn wrote this book to give you the tools and information she wishes she had when she was career changing into tech. In it, you'll find the best resources, simplified explanations of technologies and job titles, and specific advice to help you stand out and find a job.
    Unlock the tech industry today! 
    Resources: 
    Caitlyn’s first episode on We Belong Here 
    The Bootcamper’s Companion : use “BELONG” for a 20% discount at checkout! 

    We Belong Here Podcast:
    Follow Lauren on Twitter @LoLoCoding
    WeBelongPodcast.com
    Subscribe on Apple
    Subscribe on Spotify
    We Belong Here Discord Community
    Join us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 

    • 25 min
    Caroline Kerns: How Dabbling in Careers Led to Community and #DevRel

    Caroline Kerns: How Dabbling in Careers Led to Community and #DevRel

    Caroline is originally from Germany and has tried many different careers on for size. She has had roles ranging from recruiting, automotive, and retail and her interest in programming began a few years ago with a desire to create a Jane Austen quote website (because who doesn’t want to read daily Jane Austen quotes?). 
    Since then, she’s dabbled in JavaScript and Python and today is the Community Manager at Vonage. 
    In today’s episode, we chat all about the power of community, especially within the Developer Relations space. Reflecting on her time as a recruiter, Caroline shares tips on how to write the best possible resume and get it in front of a hiring manager. We talk about how the pandemic impacted online communities and led to developers streaming on Twitch and she also gives advice on how to find tech communities that are inclusive and the right fit for you! 
    Resources: 
    Follow Caroline on Twitter @grumpysnek: https://twitter.com/grumpysnek
    Caroline’s LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/captcalli/
    Software and Game Development Twitch Category: https://twitch.tv/directory/game/Software%20and%20Game%20Development 
    The Live Coders Twitch: https://twitch.tv/team/livecoders 
    Instafluff Twitch: https://twitch.tv/instafluff 
    BaldBeardedBuilder Twitch: https://twitch.tv/baldbeardedbuilder


    We Belong Here Podcast:
    Follow Lauren on Twitter @LoLoCoding
    WeBelongPodcast.com
    Subscribe on Apple
    Subscribe on Spotify
    We Belong Here Discord Community
    Join us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 

    • 47 min
    Shamira Marshall: From Attorney to Software Developer

    Shamira Marshall: From Attorney to Software Developer

    Shamira Marshall is an attorney who learned to code in 2019 and today is a software engineer at GoDaddy. Her interest in tech started in law school and then attended Ada Developers Academy to make the career switch. Which is where she and I met!

    Resources:
    Ada Developers Academy
    Shamira on Dev.to/MiraMarshall
    Shamira on Twitter  @MiraMarshalll

    We Belong Here Podcast:
    Follow Lauren on Twitter @LoLoCoding
    WeBelongPodcast.com
    Subscribe on Apple
    Subscribe on Spotify
    We Belong Here Discord Community
    Join us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

rachypoo ,

These stories need to be told!

Thank you for sharing some of the many stories out there of folks who have taken unconventional paths to tech. This makes me feel like I belong! Keep it up!

KDM047 ,

Inspiring and Insightful!

I’m so grateful to Lauren for putting this project out into the world. For those who are thinking about making a transition and need to “see to believe,” this is a perfect podcast. Show notes are great resources for taking that first step towards a career in tech.

lukehunting ,

Thoughtful and engaging

This is an interesting podcast and I’m really glad Lauren is helping these people tell their stories!

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