ShiftED: AMA with Software Engineers | January 28

Free
Friday, 28 January, 2022
12 1 pm EST
Online

About This Event

This session is apart of our ShiftED Camp: A week of free sessions designed to propel you forward in 2022. Check out the full schedule of live events here

Join General Assembly and our tenured Software Engineers for an Ask Me Anything! This conversation will range from topics including apps, web pages, the job market, the skills companies look for in a hire, and the resources to get you started.

Bring your questions for our Software Engineers. They will give you a glimpse into the role, help you understand what is needed to get there, and, just maybe, inspire you to make a change! Whether you are looking to change careers, skill-up, or just understand the importance of this field, come out to mingle and hear from our expert.

Takeaways

  • What the day-to-day of a Software Engineer looks like
  • Various career paths
  • Best languages to learn
  • Front end vs. Back end
  • Top skills needed to succeed
  • The best communities to meet other design and research folks
  • The ups and downs of this career

About the Instructor

Arthur M Bernier Jr Photo

Technical Co-Founder & Head of Engineering at Seventh Ave., Inc & SEI Instructional Lead at General Assembly

Hello! I am Arthur Bernier Jr. I work as a Software Engineer specializing in JavaScript Technologies like Node, React and VueJs. I have a passion for helping businesses reach their perfect audience and using my skill to help them communicate to that audience in a way that makes them know, like and trust them. I am a Navy Veteran and have been teaching my whole life, whether it was being a math tutor in Junior High, A step dancing instructor in high school, A camp counselor during Summer Vacation, and a Weapons Instructor in the Navy. Any time I learn something I love to help others learn it also.

Kaylee McHugh Photo

CEO + Founder, ChattyKathi.com

Kaylee transitioned to a career in software development after studying Literature at American University and working in customer experience at a food-tech startup. She attended Skill Distillery, a Denver-based bootcamp, in 2016. She then worked as a software engineer in the telecommunications industry before becoming a technical consultant. She's now the CEO of ChattyKathi.com, a digital platform that strengthens belonging within communities by facilitating fun and insightful conversations amongst small groups.

Angie Davidson Photo

Software Engineer, VMware

Angie Davidson has always loved puzzles of all sorts including logic and jigsaw puzzles. She has a background in physics and after a decade of teaching middle - college level decided to change careers into software development. Angie completed a 13 week bootcamp in late 2020 and now works at VMware. Angie can often be heard saying this was the best way to spend her COVID year.

Bill Weisberger Photo

Software Engineer II, Guild Education

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Bill Weisberger earned a BA in Psychology in 2008 from the University of Virginia at the age of 22. After working as a pizza cook, first in New Orleans and then in Boulder, Bill enrolled in a teaching program at CU-Boulder in 2011. He began working as a high school science teacher in Denver Public Schools in 2013, where he mostly taught biology and chemistry, but also took the opportunity to start a course in game development using Javascript. Six years later, at the age of 32 and after the birth of his daughter, Bill decided to change careers. He joined General Assembly's Software Engineering Immersive on June 17, 2019 (about two weeks after his last day as a teacher), graduated on September 11, 2019, and was offered a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Ibotta on October 4.

Five months after starting at Ibotta, Bill was laid off on April 7, 2020, due to the economic effects of COVID-19. His second kid was born twelve days later in the midst of the pandemic - it was a stressful time, but everything worked out in the end. In June, 2020, he started a new role as a Software Engineer I at Livongo, a health-tech company that was later acquired by Teladoc. After a year there and a promotion, Bill recently moved on to a new role as a Software Engineer II at Guild Education on October 27, 2021.

Bill works chiefly with Typescript and front-end frameworks like React and Vue, but he is interested in moving more toward the back-end over the next year or two. If he's not working he's probably reading a picture book to a toddler (1-year-old Victor or 3-year-old Nora), or washing dishes while listening to a podcast.

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