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My Life As A Software Engineer

My Life As A Software Engineer

By Vanessa Ating

From wanting to study Medicine to studying Computer Science and having a career as a Software Engineer. Here I am, honestly just sharing my struggles, wins, and lessons about my everyday work life as a Software Engineer.

Sometimes, I also get to talk to people that are making an impact as Software Engineers or in other Tech related fields and get them to share their stories or give their take on a particular topic.

My life as a software engineer would contain stories and sometimes conversations with other people about different tech topics/lessons from now to whenever!
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EP. 14: Increase your productivity while working from home with these tips
Working from home can be a bit challenging and sometimes a bit slow and less productive when compared to working from an actual workspace/office environment. And seeing that working from home/remotely is fast becoming the norm due to the current world pandemic I have compiled some tips and tricks on how you can increase your productivity while working from home and I shared them all in this episode.  Do listen as you might be able to pick up a trick or 2 that would help with your current daily routine. [Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] 
11:41
August 24, 2020
EP.13: Introduction to React Native
In this episode, I am joined by Kayode Ayelegun a one-time Medical Student who is now a Software Engineer at Risevest.  He talks to me about all things React Native especially when it involves transitioning from React which is on the Web to a mobile platform focusing on React Native. We discuss some of the advantages/disadvantages of React Native relating to Native apps and also looked at how steep the learning curve of transitioning from React to React Native/Flutter would be. If you want to get started with React Native and want to hear things like what to expect especially when coming from the Frontend using technology like React, then you should listen to this episode. Enjoy!   Useful Links:   Programming with Mosh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-S5a0eXPoc&feature=youtu.be Academind - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSRrxpdMpVc&feature=youtu.be  [Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with Kayode on Twitter @stackless_dev ]
25:50
June 22, 2020
EP.12: Learning about Gatsby with Obinna Ekwuno
Join me as I talk to Obinna Ekwuno a Software Engineer at Gatsby and an Egghead Instructor, as we highlight some of the things that make Gatsby a blazing fast modern site generator for React. We discuss some of its well-known features and other yet to be released features of Gatsby. If you are not yet clear about what exactly Gatsby is or you are just curious as to what exactly you can build with Gatsby apart from your blog or you just want to learn more about Gatsby, then you should listen to this Episode. Enjoy! Useful links: https://www.gatsbyjs.org/blog/2020-04-29-incredimental-builds/ [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with Obinna on Twitter @Obinnaspeaks ]
30:49
May 11, 2020
EP. 11: 8 Job searching tips for Software Engineers
Job hunting for Software Engineers can be tedious and sometimes very discouraging and difficult, especially when you've just lost a current job.  So, in this episode, I'll be sharing 8 very useful tips to help you when searching for your dream job. Whether you are actively or passively looking for a job these 8 tips would help set you on the right track and ensure that you are well prepared and can take on anything that may come your way. Enjoy! [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with me on https://missating.github.io]
16:41
April 20, 2020
EP. 10: The Month of March
With everything going on in the world right now, I just wanted to share what this month has been like for me.  This episode is sort of like a reflection/sharing with you some of the amazing things that have happened in my career/personal life. It contains some things I am thankful for despite the global pandemic which we are all still fighting. I hope when you listen to this, you'll be encouraged to somehow appreciate your wins despite the ongoing situation. and most importantly in the fight to succeed and stay alive please don't forget to practice social distancing, wash your hands and stay safe. Enjoy! [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with me on https://missating.github.io]
09:50
March 31, 2020
EP.9: Frontend Engineering (The Basics)
In this episode, I'll be talking about Frontend Engineering - The Basics. I'll be breaking down the process of Frontend Engineering/Web Development into several parts and just giving a high-level overview of what each part entails. If you are not so sure about what Frontend Engineering is or you just want to know about the different parts, then you should listen to this episode. Enjoy!  [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with me on https://missating.github.io]
08:40
February 28, 2020
EP.8: Accessibility, Why should you care?
In this episode, I am joined by Segun Ola popularly known on Twitter as the "Inspector General of a11y police" and we are talking about Accessibility i.e making your websites, web applications usable by as many people as possible! Segun is a Medical Doctor, Technical Team Lead at Andela and Co-organiser Front-end Weekly at DevC Lagos, Nigeria. He is extremely passionate about making the web accessible and does not miss an opportunity to educate other Frontend Engineers (most especially) on the importance of Accessibility and how to build applications with Accessibility in mind. In this episode, we go deep down into everything Web Accessibility. He tells us why we should care, the bedrock of an accessible site and also the things you stand to lose if you disregard Accessibility when building applications. If you want to learn more about Accessibility and Why you should care? Then, you should listen to this episode. [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with Segun Ola on Twitter @segunolalive,  want to see more of him in action join DevC Lagos Group on Facebook ]
30:24
January 20, 2020
EP. 7: Discussing Tech Communities with Gift Egwuenu
In this episode, I'm joined by Gift Egwuenu and we are talking about Tech Communities. Gift is a Software Engineer co-organizing  @Concatenate, @JAMstackLagos and also the Lead for @VueVixensNG Here, she shares what Tech Community means to her, the benefits you can get from being a part of any Tech Community and also if you have been looking forward to joining a Tech Community she also highlights some ways you can get involved. Also, if speaking at conferences is your thing or something you want to do, she talked about how you can go about doing just that. [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ] [ Connect with Gift Egwuenu on Twitter @lauragift21, Subscribe to her Youtube channel Gift Egwuenu and learn more from her Blog ]
10:01
January 7, 2020
EP. 6: Goodbye 2019!
This is my 2019 Year in Review, Super glad I got to reflect on what an amazing year it has been. Wishing you all, A happy new year and welcome to 2020! Thank you all so much for sticking with me, Much Love. [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ]
06:32
December 31, 2019
EP. 5: Working Remotely As A Software Engineer
I've been working remotely for 2 years now, and it's different from the traditional office setting kind of work.  It requires patience and consistency. Working remotely also requires discipline in some areas, like Time management. Listen to me talk about remote work generally, things I had to learn and most importantly the advantages of working remotely.  Enjoy! [ Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ]
07:38
December 30, 2019
EP. 4: Things I've Learned As A Software Engineer
Software Engineering is a little bit way more than code. and one of the things I've learned about technology is its constantly evolving nature, there is always a newer version of a language or a new framework but one thing is constant - Problem Solving As A Software Engineer, you are also known as a Problem solver. The code you write is just an instruction on how to solve a problem So on, today's episode I'll be sharing more things in addition to "Developing your problem-solving skill" that I've learned as a Software Engineer. Enjoy! [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ]
07:28
November 25, 2019
EP. 3: Dealing with impostor syndrome while searching for my first job as a Software Engineer (Part 2)
In 3 months I had not suddenly become a pro neither was I over my imposter syndrome but I just knew that, It was time to break out of the tutorial loop, It was time to actually use all my learnings in real-life practice and most importantly I knew I was not where I use to be and I just needed to put myself out there because I wanted to be better and I had gotten enough from tutorials and I was itching to be in the work environment. This is the concluding part of my struggles dealing with impostor syndrome in the outside world and how I was able to push forward. Enjoy! [ Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ]
14:38
November 12, 2019
EP. 2: Dealing with impostor syndrome while searching for my first job as a Software Engineer (Part 1)
"So now what next?" Immediately after school, this was the question I started asking myself. I knew I wanted to work full time as a Software Developer or Web Designer but Impostor syndrome didn't make finding my first job all that easy. I learned that the most valuable things I had gained out of school were the ability to break down problems into small manageable bits to build the bigger picture and that those were mostly just the foundation but also very important. Today's episode is a summary of my struggles dealing with impostor syndrome in the outside world and how I was able to push forward. Enjoy! [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter  @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ]
12:46
November 7, 2019
EP. 1: My journey from wanting to become a Medical Doctor to how I became a Software Engineer
This very episode is my real-life example of if life gives you a lemon, make lemonades. It illustrates my growth, and how I was able to find grounds in areas where I thought I couldn't stand Today's episode is a summary of the epic moment where I made the switch and became a Software Engineer, Enjoy! [  Follow my podcast conversations on Twitter @mylifeasaSE and Instagram @mylifeasasoftwareengineer ]
14:35
November 3, 2019