Rebecca Conley

Rebecca Conley

I originally trained as a secondary school teacher at Columbia University and worked in education in the DC area for several years. While in DC, I earned an MBA from Georgetown University with a focus in economic development. After school, I worked in administration and event planning for various non-profits and spent some time in Haiti. I took my first web engineering class at the Iron Yard Durham in the fall of 2014. I then completed an Internship and then was hired full-time as a Django Developer at Caktus Group. Outside work, I teach tap dance and organize community dance and music events.

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From Intern to Professional Developer: Advice on a Mid-Career Pivot

Not everyone who becomes a developer started out their career that way. Encouraging people to transition into web development from other fields benefits both those individuals and the Django community as a whole by increasing visible diversity and diversity of perspective. If you are considering such a transition, what steps can you take to achieve your goals? What insight and experience do people making a mid-career transition into coding have to offer us as a community? Why should we encourage those transitions? What is the Django community already doing to support those transitions, and what more can we do?