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Ep. 80: How to get a job, stay focused, and create quality content - advice from a senior software engineer

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey interviews senior software engineer and prolific content creator Ohans Emmanuel. They discuss how he got into tech, how he ended up in Berlin, what goes into writing a book, and how he stays focused through it all. When Ohans was young, he learned a very important lesson from his parents: you must take responsibility for yourself and your actions. He was lucky enough to grow up with a computer in the house, and gradually learned...


Ep. 79: How to design tech event experiences so everybody wins

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with UX designer and musician Andi Galpern about how she creates engaging and unique experiences in the tech world. Andi shares stories about past jobs, how she started her company, her favorite moments from events she's produced, and how to break into the design market. Andi grew up in Florida and was first and foremost a musician at heart. Once she decided that she needed a plan other than becoming a rockstar, she picked up...


Ep. 78: From early stage startups to manager at MongoDB

In this week's podcast episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with Harry Wolff, an engineering manager at MongoDB in New York City. Harry has been in the world of tech for over a decade, holding jobs in various startups before ending up at Mongo. They discuss his journey to his current managerial role, what it's like to work at Mongo, how to start a meetup, and dos and don't for migrating from legacy codebases. Harry started his tech career working for startups. He liked the...


Ep. 77: How a former music teacher taught herself to code and landed a job at GitHub

This week, I got to chat with Briana Swift, who used to teach music to elementary school children. She loved teaching and loved her job, but realized it wasn't what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. So she started looking around for what might be the next steps, and started learning about the world of tech. After going to a number of meetups and looking around online for various free resources, she stumbled upon freeCodeCamp. Over the course of a couple years, she got her...


Ep. 76: How to become a successful freelancer

In this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with software developer and freelancer Kyle Prinsloo who lives and works in South Africa. Kyle knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career in business. He launched websites with his brother, worked various jobs, and eventually gained experience in marketing and tech. Although he had a job he enjoyed working for people he respected, he wanted more from his work and life. He wanted to marry his now wife, and he...


Ep. 75: How an army vet went from English major to full-stack developer

In this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with software developer and army veteran Jami Gibbs about her journey into tech. Jami was born and raised in the Chicago area, and her first encounter with programming was in high school. While majoring in English in college, she joined the National Guard and did several tours overseas. During her time in the army, she came back to the world of tech and started learning more about coding. After leaving the military and...


Ep. 74: From biochemical engineer to software engineer at LEGO

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with London-based software engineer Linh about how she left the field of biochemical engineering, taught herself to code, struggled to get her first dev job, and now gets to work at LEGO. Linh moved to England when she was 11 years old. She spoke no English, but quickly learned and settled into her life there. She became fascinated with cosmetics and wanted to learn how to create them, so she decided to study biomedical and...


Ep. 73: How taking risks catapulted one developer's career forward

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with developer and wearer of many hats Princiya about how she changed careers, moved to Berlin, and worked her way up to a lead role. Princiya grew up in India and studied computer science in school - like many of her family members and friends. She even taught some computer science and web development classes at the university level, but missed coding. So she decided to get back into it. After working at a startup and...


Ep. 72: JavaScript Joe - from linguistics to front-end developer

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with front-end developer Joe Previte who lives and works in Arizona. Joe shares the story of how he made the tough decision to leave grad school, how he discovered coding, and how he stays motivated and continues to learn. Joe had his life planned out: he'd get a PhD in linguistics, get a teaching job, and be part of the academic world. But as he worked his way through his Masters degree, he began to realize that the academic...


Ep. 71: Harvard CS50's David Malan and Colton Ogden on Computer Science

CS50 is the most popular course at Harvard, and hundreds of thousands of people have taken the free online version of the course as well. We recently posted the lectures for the course on freeCodeCamp's YouTube channel - including the CS50 game development course - all free and commercial-free. During this interview, David Malan and Colton Ogden talk about how they got into technology. They share tips for how to effectively learn computer science, and some advice for teachers and community...


Ep. 70: How one young developer, masters student, and YouTuber does it all

In this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with Greek developer and designer Eleftheria Batsou about her passion for creating content and how she balances work, school, travel, and personal time. Eleftheria moved around a lot when she was young, but settled in Thessaloniki in northern Greece as a teenager. When she had to decide which track to take in school, she picked technology, science, and math. It turned out to be a good decision! After bouncing around a bit and...


Ep. 69: from successful plumber to full-time developer

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with self-taught developer Rick West who lives and works in the UK. Rick shares how he went from owning his own successful HVAC business to stumbling upon coding and slowly falling in love with tech. Even though Rick's plumbing business was booming, he told himself that, by the time he was 30, he wanted to start another career. And he ended up doing just that. After meeting a couple developers through various contracts, he...


Ep. 68: From homeschooler to self-taught full stack developer

In this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with Madison Kanna, a full-stack developer who works remotely for Mediavine. Madison describes how homeschooling affected her future learning style, how she tackles imposter syndrome and failure, and how she helps others teach themselves to code. Growing up, Madison's parents encouraged her to follow her curiosity - she once spent months learning everything she could about dinosaurs. She was 10. Once she decided to learn to...


Ep. 67 - Digital artist, game developer, and entrepreneurial college student

In this week's episode, Abbey chats with artist and game dev Angela He who's a college student at Stanford University. Angela creates beautiful digital art and develops games that speak to emotional issues - and she's almost completely self-taught. Angela grew up in a wealthy suburb of Washington, D.C., and started studying art at the tender age of 3 (after her parents found her drawing on the walls of their home). From there, she has worked with and learned about all different kinds of...


Ep. 66: Cult survivor, activist, and developer advocate: Alejandra's journey into tech

In this episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with developer advocate Alejandra Olvera-Novack about how she broke free from her restrictive cult upbringing, moved to the United States, and taught herself how to code. Alejandra was raised without technology, without formal schooling, and in an extremely conservative environment. When she was in her late teens, she left her village and moved to Florida. After a couple years of googling everything under the sun to catch up on the...


Ep. 65: CodeNewbie founder talks about her immigrant story and her journey into tech

Saron on Twitter: Quincy on Twitter: Get tickets to Codeland in NYC on July 22, 2019: Quincy's review of his Codeland experience: In this week's podcast, Quincy interviews Saron about her childhood, and her winding path into tech as an adult. Saron moved from Ethiopia to the US as a child. Her parents had high standards for her academics, and they would even...


Ep. 64: How Colleen Shnettler runs her business while raising her kids and contributing to open source

In this episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with freelance Ruby on Rails developer Colleen Shnettler about how she switched from electrical engineering to development, how she founded her business, and how she makes time for kids and family - among many other things. Colleen studied electrical engineering at Purdue and then went to work for Motorola in Chicago - a job she loved. After getting married and moving to Virginia to be with her husband, she worked one of the only tech...


Ep. 63: Building community and career through live streaming - an interview with Jesse Weigel

In this episode, Beau chats with Jesse Weigel, who live streams on the YouTube channel and is a Senior Software Engineer at DICK'S Sporting Goods. He talks about his career path, live streaming, getting a developer job, speaking at conferences, React Native, dealing with mental health issues, and more. Jesse's career has benefited a lot by live streaming. He talks about the benefits and offers suggestions for other people who want to get started with it. Jesse...


Ep. 62: How Kate Illsley learned to code and got involved in her local tech community

In this episode, Abbey chats with Kate Illsley, a tech recruiter and budding developer in Melbourne, Australia. Kate talks about how learning to code helps her be better at her job, and they also discuss Kate's journey into tech, how she got so involved in volunteering for various organizations in Melbourne, and what she loves about working with young women just starting out. Kate's path from university to her current job was fairly straightforward, but once she discovered coding, she...


Ep. 61: How Tim Myers survived a 12 year prison sentence then became a web developer

Tim Myers is a developer from Denver. In the 1990s he finished high school and immediately enlisted in the US Army. When he got out, he started coding. He was working as a developer at an accounting firm when he got into a drunken brawl and ended up injuring somebody. Tim was convicted of 2nd degree assault and got a 12 year prison sentence. He earned his college degree entirely while in prison, and was released after 8 years for good behavior. He spent the next 3 years working various...