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[On-Demand Talk] Tech & Social Impact - The Power of Volunteering

Bea on September 23, 2021

About This Talk When we talk about tech careers, the conversation is typically centered around skills and practices that can help yo...
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Michael Tharrington

Heyo! Reminder that if you have any questions for @builtbybea to drop them here! We're gathering up these questions now for the live speaker discussion. πŸ“£

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Camilla Silva

My fear of not have enough skills has prevented me to volunteer in some projects in the past.
Last year, I helped in a project assisting dev team with gathering accessibility requirements (WCAG) and how to implement it. After your talk, I just realize that these experience help me with my impostor syndrome.

Thank you!

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Jessie Rohrer

Where can we find ways to volunteer? I know of Ruby for Good -- does anyone know of other similar groups?

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Bea • Edited

I would recommend using meetup.com or eventbrite.com to find local coding communities in your area and reaching out to the organisers.

This is a good article that has some coding communities you could reach out to: learntocodewith.me/posts/13-places.

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Sabine V

Great point that volunteering can help beat imposter syndrome! Such an awesome way to grow skills, confidence and social skills too! And also just a great way to give back to others.
Volunteering could also be working on non-profit projects who don't have the resources to hire paid developers

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Jeremy Friesen

One of the best interview questions anyone ever asked me was "I want you to explain something that's complicated, but I want you to explain it as simply as possible."

Bea hit on this in her talk, and I want to amply the value of practicing to explain complicated things.

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Ryan Nance-Donaldson

Another thought on how this all adds value - better documentation and more information for future hires means there are less questions that the new hires need to ask! Not that asking questions is bad, but they can ask more specific questions rather than general ones about something that was poorly documented.

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Bea

I love this thought! Good documentations helps everyone on the team, especially new hires. It makes onboarding much smoother. It also opens up a discussion amongst the team if someone wants to discuss creating process changes

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Ujjwal Pratap Singh

I have a question. How can we get started with a open source project with a large codebase?

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Tyler V. (he/him)

This is going to depend on the project in question, but I've noticed that some have either a designated location to ask questions and work with a more experienced developer or a discord/slack to get up to speed.

DEV's Twitch streams walking through the code base are the next step up from this (and I hope more Open source projects can start doing this in the future!)

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Ujjwal Pratap Singh

I really didn't knew about the Twitch thing. I am surely going to follow devs on Twitch. Thanks for replying.

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Bea • Edited

I've never contributed to open source projects, so I wouldn't be able to give advice.
However, if your a beginner to open source

Here's a repository on Github that has a list of open source projects for beginner, categorised by programming languages: github.com/MunGell/awesome-for-beg...

Also Hacktober is a great way to start getting involved in open source: hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/

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Steve Nyholm

Thanks for the talk. That's a great point that the skills I've developed while volunteering can be helpful in my dev career. I'm wondering if those volunteer experiences are worth including in my resume, and how to present it...

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Bea

If you have enough space on your resume, I would say definitely include volunteering. A big part of engineering is being able to work collaboratively and good communication skills - skills you gain by volunteering.

Also, if your looking for senior positions, I believe adding that you volunteer as a mentor/teach others to code shows you possess those skills to help juniors (if the company has juniors)

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Steve Nyholm

Thanks!

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Kajah

Is contributing to open source considered a part of volunteering?

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Bea

I would definitely consider open source as part of volunteering. Here's a repository on Github that has a list of open source projects for beginner, categorised by programming languages: github.com/MunGell/awesome-for-beg...

Also Hacktober is a great way to start getting involved in open source: hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/

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MJ Torres

man, these sessions really have great topics and it's unfortunate that it's 1:00 am here in the Philippines, lol. might have to watch the next sessions in my own pace, happy viewing! <3

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Ella (she/her/elle)

Absolutely @mahyellaw ! The videos will be available in the On Demand posts later on. We'll catch you on the flip side!

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Richard Dewey Hammers

Hello Bea and everyone else! How's everyone doing today?

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Luis Castillo

Deweeeyyy! :)

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Richard Dewey Hammers

Luis! How are you!

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Mohamad Hanafi

Where can we volunteer as developers, especially for those of us outside the US?
Thank you very much! Awesome talk!

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Bea

I would recommend using meetup.com or eventbrite.com to find local coding communities in your area and reaching out to the organisers.

This is a good article that has some coding communities you could reach out to: learntocodewith.me/posts/13-places.

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Tyler V. (he/him)

Open source projects are a great way to volunteer (and Hacktober fest is coming up soon πŸ‘€)

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Bea

I'm super excited, if I have time hopefully I can take part in Hacktober

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Novice

This talk is like a fresh wind of air! It was really needed! Thanks a lot Bea!!

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MJ Torres

here goes the first talk of my binge-watching session tonight. i really love how straightforward your explanations are, the idea of volunteering and initiating with the community clicked immediately in my head. i'm also grateful for the part where you mention self-care, as an aspiring dev, burnout gets to me easily because of thoughts that i should contribute to this and improve that. it makes me glad that stuff like this is normal with devs and that it keeps me certain that it is okay to take it all slowly.

welp that was slightly dramatic. :D
anyway, you could probably tell that i loved this talk so much! <3

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Bea

Thank you so much for watching my talk and for your kind words

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austinxduong

Bea, this is such helpful advice! I was a recent contestant for Esri's and TechCrunch's Hackathon (for my final project at a 6 month coding program). I was super nervous/scared, but joined their slack channel and learned so much from experienced developers & engineers. This volunteer experience helped with my confidence. I also came out with so much new knowledge :D (also shout out to Alchemy Code Lab) πŸ€—

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Varghese Jose

Thank you for the awesome session

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Novice

Hello Hello Bea!!

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Novice

This talk is going to be awesome I believe. The power of volunteering is yet to be known.

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GS

Thanks for all your insight. I appreciate it

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Luis Castillo

Hello Bea

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Novice

I am the breaker, tester, and mentor XD

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Peter Orton

Improving confidence at early stages is incredibly important, thank you for your insights.

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fizzybuzzybeezy

Wow, I haven't thought about picking up team leading and negotiating experiences via volunteer situations. Thanks for your talk Bea!

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fizzybuzzybeezy

Also, important tips on self-care while volunteering!

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sjtmunez

Good talk! Just realized how deep can code be used for good!

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Christian New

This was an awesome talk @builtbybea !

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Remco Boerma

Good talk, thanks for sharing!

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Ikram Salim

Thank you Bea, volunteering at a tech company has made me learn a lot.

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Stephanie Back

The power of learning when to say "no" is huge and cannot be said enough.
Thanks for the great talk Bea!

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Elias Amini

Great talk Bea! Helping others is always a great way to find out more about yourself.

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Kajah

Thank you!

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Sarah Rivera

Thank you, great talk!

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Mudita Baid

How can we start volunteering for mentoring in tech industry. How to know if we are good to mentor others?

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Bea • Edited

Good question! You never know if you're good at anything, until you try! You can always ask people who have mentored before for some tips and get feedback from your mentees about your mentorship skills.

Also as mentioned by @saron you can answer questions on Tech Twitter threads and pass on your advice to others. It's a good way to get into mentoring.

These two sites are for people who want to mentor codementor.io/ and codingcoach.io/

This article has a list of mentoring platforms: dev.to/jingjing142/free-mentoring-...

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Sewvandi Promodya Wickramasinghe

This talk was awesome!

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Debra-Kaye Elliott

Great presentation πŸ‘πŸΎ. Volunteering is a great way to learn and gradually gain confidence as a new developer.