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Second Career Devs is a podcast that shares the stories of developers and software engineers who got there after spending time in a previous career (or two). Each guest shares their insights that could only be gained by following a path less traveled.

Latest Episodes

019 - Ryan Hamblin - Career Camp Counselor to Software Engineer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Ryan Hamblin, a former exercise science and outdoor recreation manager who became a software engineer and is now the Web Program Manager at Lambda School. Ryan shares lessons about being responsible, gritty, and persistent in pursuit of changing your career. We also talk about the great work Lambda School is doing to enable people to make the same career change. Links in the episode: Lambda School - https://lambdaschool.com A Visual Representation of the Ryans at Lambda - https://twitter.com/RyanleeHamblin/status/1079960781863542784

60 MINMAY 15
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019 - Ryan Hamblin - Career Camp Counselor to Software Engineer

018 - Kurt Kemple - From Felon To Full Stack Software Engineer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Kurt Kemple, a former felon turned full stack software engineer. Kurt shares the events that landed him in prison and the changes he made to become the success he is today. He shares some hard lessons learned during his incarceration and how they continue to serve him now and into the future. Links in the episode: I'm an impostor - https://medium.com/@kurtiskemple/im-an-imposter-832418db8a45

57 MINAPR 22
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018 - Kurt Kemple - From Felon To Full Stack Software Engineer

017 - Sam Julien - From Financial Planning To Content Engineering

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Sam Julien, a former financial planner turned software engineer. Sam talks about his meandering journey to finance, the personal challenges he overcame to do so, and the great lessons he learned that he still uses today. Links in the episode: Sam's Website - http://www.samjulien.com Upgrading Angular - https://www.upgradingangularjs.com/ Surprises in My Switch to Remote Work - https://auth0.com/blog/surprises-in-my-switch-to-remote-work/

55 MINAPR 2
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017 - Sam Julien - From Financial Planning To Content Engineering

016 - Aimee Knight - From Figure Skater to Full Stack Developer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Aimee Knight, a former figure skater turned full stack software engineer. A story of hard work, pain and sacrifice, Aimee takes us through her development as a figure skater. She shares some great lessons she learned from being an athlete and how they continue to serve her well today. Links in the episode: Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B22o_yeDE_s JS Jabber - https://devchat.tv/js-jabber/ Aimee's Website - http://www.aimeemarieknight.com/

45 MINMAR 14
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016 - Aimee Knight - From Figure Skater to Full Stack Developer

015 - Chris Demars - Truck Driver Turned Web Developer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Chris DeMars, a former truck driver turned web developer. Chris shares lessons learned from a life spent in Detroit, and his passion for web accessibility and speaking at conferences. Links in the episode: Tales from the Script Podcast - http://www.tftscript.com/

46 MINFEB 26
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015 - Chris Demars - Truck Driver Turned Web Developer

014 - Grant Glidewell - Substance Abuse Counselor To Web Developer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Grant Glidewell, a JavaScript developer for Zesty.io, about his previous career as a substance abuse counselor for teens. Having struggled with substance abuse issues as young person, Grant knew precisely what he wanted to do for work: help others the way he needed help. We learn lessons from Grant about moving forward when the work you love isn't a viable option anymore. Episode Sponsor: Infinite Red - https://infinite.red Infinite Red is a US-based consultancy specializing in React, React Native, mobile applications and web design. Links in the episode: Dan Abramov's Blog Post - Things I Don't Know as of 2018 - https://overreacted.io/things-i-dont-know-as-of-2018/ Codecademy - https://codecademy.com/ freeCodeCamp - https://www.freecodecamp.org/

58 MINFEB 7
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014 - Grant Glidewell - Substance Abuse Counselor To Web Developer

013 - Jerome Hardaway - Air Force to Web Development's Captain America

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Jerome Hardaway, who went from enlisted in the Air Force to self-taught software engineer. He is also the founder of the non-profit Vets Who Code. Jerome shares with us his journey of entering the military, the challenges faced coming back home, and how he overcame the haters to start a successful program teaching others to be developers. Episode Sponsor: Infinite Red - https://infinite.red Infinite Red is a US-based consultancy specializing in React, React Native, mobile applications and web design. Links in the episode: Vets Who Code - https://vetswhocode.io/ General Assembly - https://generalassemb.ly/ Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink - https://amzn.to/2SRsw77

67 MINJAN 16
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013 - Jerome Hardaway - Air Force to Web Development's Captain America

012 - Mark Noonan - Ethnomusicology And Job Coach To Web Dev

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Mark Noonan, a web developer at Content Thread. Mark shares his story of studying ethnomusicology, working for a touring folk singer, and being a job coach for a non profit helping people with a variety of disabilities. He shares his struggles and victories in making the career change. Stick around after the outro for some interesting added content. Episode Sponsor: Infinite Red This episode is sponsored by Infinite Red, a US based consultancy specializing in React, React Native, mobile applications, and web design. Infinite Red is deeply involved in the React and React Native open source communities, with projects like Ignite and Reactotron. Their team is so good with mobile development that they contribute to the React Native core project and they publish a React Native newsletter with over 10,000 subscribers. Maybe you'll be their next one. If you have a project and need design or engineering help and are looking for an experienc...

61 MINJAN 4
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012 - Mark Noonan - Ethnomusicology And Job Coach To Web Dev

011 - Jamon Holmgren - Construction Worker, Home Designer to Software Engineer and Business Owner

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Jamon Holmgren, CTO and co-owner of Infinite Red, a consultancy specializing in React and React Native Apps. Jamon shares his story of going from construction worker and home designer to software engineer and business owner. Hear about how he got the opportunity to design a home for the general manager of the Portland Trailblazers, and how he started landing web development gigs before he had ever even made a website. Building Infinite Red Podcast - https://building.infinite.red/ House Jamon Designed for General Manager of the Portland Trailblazers - https://twitter.com/jamonholmgren/status/1048104464874258433 Gant and Jason Build a Facial Recognition App - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNEDvkKcXf0&feature=youtu.be ProMotion Open Source Library - https://github.com/infinitered/ProMotion

45 MIN2018 DEC 3
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011 - Jamon Holmgren - Construction Worker, Home Designer to Software Engineer and Business Owner

010 - Michael Chan - Family Business Accountant To Web Dev

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Michael Chan, a well known conference speaker and web developer in the React community. He shares his story of growing up working in the family business and how that took him from accounting, to music, to web development. He shares some nuggets of wisdom and a great new conference talk idea along the way. Links: Michael's talk at React Rally 2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9-Mb_axNgA War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1530546676&sr=8-2 Michael's Talk on React Component Patterns - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaZg8wg39QQ

51 MIN2018 JUL 3
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010 - Michael Chan - Family Business Accountant To Web Dev

Latest Episodes

019 - Ryan Hamblin - Career Camp Counselor to Software Engineer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Ryan Hamblin, a former exercise science and outdoor recreation manager who became a software engineer and is now the Web Program Manager at Lambda School. Ryan shares lessons about being responsible, gritty, and persistent in pursuit of changing your career. We also talk about the great work Lambda School is doing to enable people to make the same career change. Links in the episode: Lambda School - https://lambdaschool.com A Visual Representation of the Ryans at Lambda - https://twitter.com/RyanleeHamblin/status/1079960781863542784

60 MINMAY 15
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019 - Ryan Hamblin - Career Camp Counselor to Software Engineer

018 - Kurt Kemple - From Felon To Full Stack Software Engineer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Kurt Kemple, a former felon turned full stack software engineer. Kurt shares the events that landed him in prison and the changes he made to become the success he is today. He shares some hard lessons learned during his incarceration and how they continue to serve him now and into the future. Links in the episode: I'm an impostor - https://medium.com/@kurtiskemple/im-an-imposter-832418db8a45

57 MINAPR 22
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018 - Kurt Kemple - From Felon To Full Stack Software Engineer

017 - Sam Julien - From Financial Planning To Content Engineering

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Sam Julien, a former financial planner turned software engineer. Sam talks about his meandering journey to finance, the personal challenges he overcame to do so, and the great lessons he learned that he still uses today. Links in the episode: Sam's Website - http://www.samjulien.com Upgrading Angular - https://www.upgradingangularjs.com/ Surprises in My Switch to Remote Work - https://auth0.com/blog/surprises-in-my-switch-to-remote-work/

55 MINAPR 2
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017 - Sam Julien - From Financial Planning To Content Engineering

016 - Aimee Knight - From Figure Skater to Full Stack Developer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Aimee Knight, a former figure skater turned full stack software engineer. A story of hard work, pain and sacrifice, Aimee takes us through her development as a figure skater. She shares some great lessons she learned from being an athlete and how they continue to serve her well today. Links in the episode: Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B22o_yeDE_s JS Jabber - https://devchat.tv/js-jabber/ Aimee's Website - http://www.aimeemarieknight.com/

45 MINMAR 14
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016 - Aimee Knight - From Figure Skater to Full Stack Developer

015 - Chris Demars - Truck Driver Turned Web Developer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Chris DeMars, a former truck driver turned web developer. Chris shares lessons learned from a life spent in Detroit, and his passion for web accessibility and speaking at conferences. Links in the episode: Tales from the Script Podcast - http://www.tftscript.com/

46 MINFEB 26
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015 - Chris Demars - Truck Driver Turned Web Developer

014 - Grant Glidewell - Substance Abuse Counselor To Web Developer

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Grant Glidewell, a JavaScript developer for Zesty.io, about his previous career as a substance abuse counselor for teens. Having struggled with substance abuse issues as young person, Grant knew precisely what he wanted to do for work: help others the way he needed help. We learn lessons from Grant about moving forward when the work you love isn't a viable option anymore. Episode Sponsor: Infinite Red - https://infinite.red Infinite Red is a US-based consultancy specializing in React, React Native, mobile applications and web design. Links in the episode: Dan Abramov's Blog Post - Things I Don't Know as of 2018 - https://overreacted.io/things-i-dont-know-as-of-2018/ Codecademy - https://codecademy.com/ freeCodeCamp - https://www.freecodecamp.org/

58 MINFEB 7
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014 - Grant Glidewell - Substance Abuse Counselor To Web Developer

013 - Jerome Hardaway - Air Force to Web Development's Captain America

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Jerome Hardaway, who went from enlisted in the Air Force to self-taught software engineer. He is also the founder of the non-profit Vets Who Code. Jerome shares with us his journey of entering the military, the challenges faced coming back home, and how he overcame the haters to start a successful program teaching others to be developers. Episode Sponsor: Infinite Red - https://infinite.red Infinite Red is a US-based consultancy specializing in React, React Native, mobile applications and web design. Links in the episode: Vets Who Code - https://vetswhocode.io/ General Assembly - https://generalassemb.ly/ Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink - https://amzn.to/2SRsw77

67 MINJAN 16
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013 - Jerome Hardaway - Air Force to Web Development's Captain America

012 - Mark Noonan - Ethnomusicology And Job Coach To Web Dev

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Mark Noonan, a web developer at Content Thread. Mark shares his story of studying ethnomusicology, working for a touring folk singer, and being a job coach for a non profit helping people with a variety of disabilities. He shares his struggles and victories in making the career change. Stick around after the outro for some interesting added content. Episode Sponsor: Infinite Red This episode is sponsored by Infinite Red, a US based consultancy specializing in React, React Native, mobile applications, and web design. Infinite Red is deeply involved in the React and React Native open source communities, with projects like Ignite and Reactotron. Their team is so good with mobile development that they contribute to the React Native core project and they publish a React Native newsletter with over 10,000 subscribers. Maybe you'll be their next one. If you have a project and need design or engineering help and are looking for an experienc...

61 MINJAN 4
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012 - Mark Noonan - Ethnomusicology And Job Coach To Web Dev

011 - Jamon Holmgren - Construction Worker, Home Designer to Software Engineer and Business Owner

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Jamon Holmgren, CTO and co-owner of Infinite Red, a consultancy specializing in React and React Native Apps. Jamon shares his story of going from construction worker and home designer to software engineer and business owner. Hear about how he got the opportunity to design a home for the general manager of the Portland Trailblazers, and how he started landing web development gigs before he had ever even made a website. Building Infinite Red Podcast - https://building.infinite.red/ House Jamon Designed for General Manager of the Portland Trailblazers - https://twitter.com/jamonholmgren/status/1048104464874258433 Gant and Jason Build a Facial Recognition App - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNEDvkKcXf0&feature=youtu.be ProMotion Open Source Library - https://github.com/infinitered/ProMotion

45 MIN2018 DEC 3
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011 - Jamon Holmgren - Construction Worker, Home Designer to Software Engineer and Business Owner

010 - Michael Chan - Family Business Accountant To Web Dev

EIn this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Michael Chan, a well known conference speaker and web developer in the React community. He shares his story of growing up working in the family business and how that took him from accounting, to music, to web development. He shares some nuggets of wisdom and a great new conference talk idea along the way. Links: Michael's talk at React Rally 2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9-Mb_axNgA War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/1936891026/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1530546676&sr=8-2 Michael's Talk on React Component Patterns - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaZg8wg39QQ

51 MIN2018 JUL 3
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010 - Michael Chan - Family Business Accountant To Web Dev