General Assembly x Girlboss: What's it's Really Like to Transition into Tech

Wednesday, 7 December, 2022
3 4 pm EST

About This Event

Changing careers isn’t easy, but it is possible. You just have to believe in yourself. To help you get started, Girlboss and General Assembly are partnering to bring real stories of career change to you.

In this one-hour discussion, you’ll hear from three General Assembly Alumni who are at different stages in their career change journey, but who all took the leap to land fulfilling work in UX Design, Data, and Software Engineering. Join us to hear about why they chose to take a different path, how they went about it, and where they are today.


  • Know when it’s time to make a change
  • Understand the best way to prepare yourself for a career change
  • Get insights and resources for successfully breaking into tech

About the Instructor

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Founder & CEO, Much

Carmen is a former Assistant Vice President/Senior FX Onboarding Analyst turned Software Engineer. Before getting into tech, Carmen started a journey towards becoming debt-free and created a money platform called Make Real Cents (@Makerealcents) to document her financial journey. Within two years and nine months, Carmen paid off approximately 57k of debt, and in August of 2019, after saving up, Carmen quit her job in finance to learn how to code. After graduating from General Assembly's Software Immersive program, Carmen landed a position as a Software Engineer at an NYC startup. Carmen has been featured in Forbes, The Skimm, and is currently a member of Business Insider's Money Council for 2020.

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Career Coach, General Assembly

I am a dedicated career development professional with over 5 years of experience assisting students and job seekers as they begin or reimagine their careers.I combine my recruiting and hiring experience to utilize insight into hiring practices to support individuals looking to begin or change their career journeys.My approach is straight forward and designed to help move past some of the barriers and gatekeeping of "professionalism".I view every step of the application and interview process as a chance for someone to tell the story of why they are making this choice for their career and how they will bring something unique to the role.

I have studied theatre, poetry, and literature.I have always been passionate about folklore and mythology because I am interested in the ways humans tell their stories. Because of this interest in story telling and in the power of language I am passionate about helping people shape their unique narratives and lean into their originality to find the next step in their careers. I approach each job search as an experience as individual as the people I work with and personalize the process of collaborating in order to support them as they make those next steps in their career paths.

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Lead Product Designer, Scapade

Nefertiti is a Filipino-Caribbean-American fine artist & content creator turned creative Product Designer. Her passions fall within user experience design, digital media design, visual identity & branding. Her focus in UX is creating impactful designs that lead to access for individuals with disabilities and provide all users with an intuitive pleasant user experience.

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Manager, Strategic Analytics, BMO Financial Group

You know the phrase "where the rubber meets the road"? I explore the space where the data meets the people.

I'm Gabriela Osorio, a people-oriented data practitioner with a decade of leadership experience in non-profits and an education in neuroscience, human behaviour, and data science. Currently focused on Wealth and Investments, I engage in the art of engineering and translating actionable insights and data science solutions into business results.

About Our Partners

Founded by serial entrepreneur and New York Times Bestselling author Sophia Amoruso, Girlboss was born from the book that inspired a generation of women to take action in their own lives. Today, we have a small but brilliant team of editors, creatives, and technology professionals working to build something that's never been built before.

Girlboss is a community of strong, curious, and ambitious women redefining success on our own terms. We hope to inform, entertain, and inspire action through the content and experiences we create. We are unapologetic in our beliefs and values of supporting girls and women who are chasing dreams both big and small in a shame-free zone.

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