I created Our Code for myself and others like me: underrepresented people in tech who are learning to code via a nontraditional path. This blog functions with a simple mission: to promote greater access to the tech industry by helping those learning how to design and program. My motto for this blog is “our code is one”.
Our Code Is One
In addition to sharing my own personal adventures of becoming a better web developer, I also want to use this blog as a resource library. On the right hand column, you’ll find resources I’ve gathered by category. Most of the resources I will write about and promote in this space will be either free or low-cost. This includes MOOCs, E-books, tutorials, video series, blogs, and coding events.
Why Learn to Code?
Two-thirds of the 1.4 mil jobs projected to be available by 2020 in computer science will go unfilled by Americans. When the U.S. workforce can not meet the growing demands of tech industries, companies outsource available jobs to talent overseas, thus stifling domestic economic growth. Because the demand for designers, developers, engineers, data scientists, and other IT-related professionals continues to grow, these positions have easily become the most-sought after among students and workers wishing to switch career industries.
Learning to code for professional development is not just about cash flow and hustle. Coding combines logic with creativity, enabling people to become producers of technology rather than mere consumers.
Why Target the “Underrepresented”?
To be underrepresented means to have insufficient representation in a given industry. For example, women are largely underrepresented as employed computer programmers in the tech industry, and you’ll see that a majority of the posts are targeted or written by women for this reason. There are three female groups that I had in mind when I created this blog: (1) women of color, (2) transitioning careerists, (3) low-income women. This is not to say that only women will be served by this blog. I welcome all readers and share resources for anybody who may need them, including men.
What do you mean by “Nontraditional”?
I define a nontraditional learner as someone who is obtaining their education outside of a traditional college setting. There is a significant shift in how people are learning. Like myself, some coders may have a college degree(s) but are learning how to code as a skills boost. Outside college, more newbs are choosing subscription services, MOOCs, bootcamps, and meetups to kickstart their careers. I think there are many paths to having a a great tech career, and I promote those on the blog.
The Bigger Picture
To be clear, this is a code-centered blog. I’m focused on helping others learn, share, and grow. If you like the resources here, please subscribe or email me about contributing a post or two.
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