In May 2013 I was lucky enough to go on a study tour to Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the world, located around one hour south of San Francisco, with Commonwealth Bank’s WomeninFocus.com.au network. Over a two- week period, I visited 11 top-tech companies, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Cisco, IBM and Eventbrite – to name a few – and also met with some highly successful internet entrepreneurs for coffees and drinks. Talk about inspiring!
Over there, I saw, first hand, the incredible demand for what the Americans call ‘software engineers’ or ‘computer scientists’, but which Australians generally refer to as ‘developers’, ‘programmers’ or ‘coders’ (or which countries globally refer to in a more colloquial sense as ‘code monkeys’ or ‘geeks’!)
The morning will be spent learning the languages and the afternoon will be spent applying your newly learnt skills through practical applications on existing websites and in emarketing systems to embed your knowledge. Hopefully these will be rolled out in other locations soon!