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    How to give constructive feedback (and not sound like a d**k) Part 2

    In part 1 of How to give constructive feedback (and not sound like a d**k) we looked at getting into the right mindset both before and during the delivery of feedback. This addresses any anxiety you may have and avoids your feedback to be misunderstood, many of us don’t even want to give feedback because sometimes it sits outside of our comfort zone. If you’ve not read part one read it here, I suggest you have a read before cracking on with part 2! In part 2 we will be looking at feedback models, these models can be used as a baseline structure around delivering feedback, they relate to fast…

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    How to give constructive feedback (and not sound like a d**k) Part 1

    We’ve all been there, we know the feedback we have for peers would be really helpful, it’s constructive criticism right? It could make their job easier or make them better at their job. However, it is not positive feedback we’re about to deliver and it can be a little bit out of our comfort zone to relay that negative feedback in a way that doesn’t make us sound like a bit of a d**k.  Feedback is so important to our personal development. It allows us to see other people’s points of view, increases transparency in teams, builds better trust in relationships and gives us the opportunity to grow in both…

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    Non-technical aspects of breaking into tech

    There’s more to getting a technical role than the technical skills, below I’ve composed a few tips outlining the beginning of your journey into tech. If you’re reading this, you might not be too far in your tech journey yet and very interested to get started, so these tips are all from a non-technical point of view.  I’d say communities are the building blocks of the tech industry. Get online  First things first, there are tonnes of free resources, tech communities, people willing to help with tech problems and opportunities to grow your brand and your knowledge. Have a look at the hot spots which are going to help you.…

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    Ada Lovelace Day 2020

    Tech moves so quick it’s down to us in industry to ensure we can equip and support young people who will be coming into our industry. Rachel Skelton Happy Ada Lovelace Day! (13th October 2020)!! Virtual events were held internationally for Ada Lovelace Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of Women in Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), whilst remembering the first woman programmer: Ada Lovelace. How did we celebrate Women in Stem? In collaboration with Calderdale College, Covea Digital and Blue Prism I was on a panel alongside a bunch of fantastic Women in Stem: Ana Howes – Global Head of educational Services at Blue Prism Bindi Basan –…

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    Recognising & addressing Toxic Positivity on Social Media

    We all want to focus on the positive right? Sure, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. The term “toxic positivity” recently popped up on my social feed, and I’d not heard of that term before but I immediately knew it was the name for what I have been experiencing on social media for a while. The context which I refer to is the mental health challenges created by toxic positivity online. Firstly, what is toxic positivity? I’m sure we’ve all seen the positive quotes, motivational accounts spreading that positive energy with “Nothing is impossible” and it’s great to see when it’s a Monday morning,…

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    Lessons learned in 2019

    From taking over Leeds Frontend, getting let go as a junior developer, to carving the beginning of my career and landing a junior role in management. This year has been extraordinary for my tech life! I wanted to do a full reflection of 2019 and what I have learnt.   The truth came to light in Richard Branson’s quote: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” – Leeds Frontend Meetup  My friend and I took over Leeds Frontend Meetup early 2019 as the previous organiser unfortunately didn’t have time to run it. We both had never ran…

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    Event: How to kick start your coding career!

    Back in September, we (Junior Hub!) hosted an event called ‘How to kick start your coding career’. The idea was conceived when my friend and I discovered that many people who came to our Leeds Frontend meetups were looking to get into coding and didn’t know where to start. We were very happy that people were using the Leeds Frontend meetups as a platform to get started, but we thought that a specialised event geared towards this premise would be of greater help, so we put on a free event for the Junior Hub community!  The Junior Hub tag line being: ‘There is no such thing as a silly question’. A bit about Junior Hub: Junior…

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    My journey into tech.

    I made my first website when I was 15. Although I took a more ‘typical’ route into tech, the reasons behind this route weren’t so typical.   When I was around 15, I sang as a hobby. I wanted to create my own website, but had no idea about how to start. I ended up having a really basic website which I made without having a real idea as to how it happened. This was actually my first experience with coding, and it was SUPER confusing. I remember my Grandad’s neighbour trying to explain html to me – a 15-year old girl with little appreciation or understanding of the words he was…