Please don’t do what I did.

Image description: Keziyah Lewis sitting on a balcony overlooking the city. Comuna 13, Medellin, Colombia.

(Originally posted on the Juniors in Tech blog. Written by Keziyah Lewis.)

I got laid off recently. And of course that means I suddenly have to find a new job. That sucks. I can’t overstate how much I hate that I have to find a new job. It has not been fun so far, and I predict that my mental health is only going to get worse the longer this process gets.

But one thing I do have now, that I didn’t have last time around, is experience with the horrible, soul crushing tech…


Rachel Hezel

Are bootcamps worth the cost, or are you better off learning on your own?

This week we’ll get to know Rachel Hezel, Admissions Advisor at Fullstack Academy, a coding bootcamp that offers courses in NYC, Chicago, and remotely. I know that many of you are interested in bootcamps, and would like to know more about how to get into one, and perhaps more importantly, whether they’re worth the money.

I went to Fullstack’s Grace Hopper Program, and would recommend it. But I understand why some people are skeptical about attending bootcamps, especially considering the cost. You don’t have to go…


Angelica Ortiz

This week we’ll get to know Angelica Ortiz, an experience designer and creative technologist who specializes in experiential spaces and emerging technology.

As an experience designer, Angelica solves problems on screens and in physical and virtual spaces, using a wide variety of technologies like VR, AR, and robotics. She currently works at 900lbs and has a podcast called Law Zero (with brand strategist Carole Trickey), which is about ethics and emerging tech.

I asked her about her podcast & ethical issues related to emerging tech. …


Soyo Awosika-Olumo

Originally posted on Juniors in Tech, a newsletter and job board.

This week we’ll get to know Soyo Awosika-Olumo, software engineer at Goldman Sachs and creator of the new Society x Tech newsletter. We talked about the newsletter, how tech affects society, and tech products that promote mindfulness.

As people who work in tech, it’s very important to consider how products we interact with and create affect our society and culture. Keep reading to learn more about Society x Tech.

Keziyah Lewis: Tell us about yourself and what you’re working on.

Soyo Awosika-Olumo: My name is Soyo Awosika-Olumo and I…


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Interview and hire juniors. But do it the right way.

Originally posted on Juniors in Tech, a weekly newsletter and job board. Sign up at juniorsintech.com. Written by Keziyah Lewis.

Last week, I asked #juniorsintech on Twitter two questions:

  1. What are some specific reasons why you got rejected from a job?
  2. What are some positive, helpful interview experiences you had, even if you were rejected?

Getting a job in the tech industry when you have little to no experience is tough. …


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This Q & A is from the 11th issue of the Juniors in Tech newsletter (by Keziyah Lewis). Sign up at JuniorsInTech.com.

This week we’ll get to know Lennyroy Robles, a software engineer at IV Interactive.

Last year, Lennyroy was working as a case manager at a non-profit in Queens. It was the latest in a series of jobs that just weren’t quite right for him. The work was difficult and “soul-crushing”, (sounds familiar, hashtag non-profit life), and the commute from New Jersey certainly didn’t help.

Lennyroy knew he had to make a change.

“Something snapped on my 28th birthday…


Tae’lur Alexis

This feature is from the 5th issue of Juniors in Tech, the newsletter by Keziyah Lewis. You can sign up at juniorsintech.com.

This week, we’ll get to know Tae’lur Alexis, a software engineer at Mercutio.

In January, Tae’lur was working as a server, and by July, she was on her way to Seattle to take her first job as a developer.

I appreciate that she spoke honestly about her financial motivations for wanting a job in tech. Like Tae’lur, most of us enjoy what we do. But let’s be honest, financial security is a huge motivator for people, perhaps even…


This Q & A is from the October 31st issue (#4) of the Juniors in Tech newsletter, by Keziyah Lewis. Sign up here.

This week, we’ll get to know Faye Hayes, CTO and co-founder of PlayLoops, Dev Bootcamp grad, and my co-worker at Backstage Capital. I asked her about what it’s like to co-found a startup right after graduating from a programming bootcamp.

I really wanted to talk to Faye about this because I’ve been wanting to start a company of my own. If I’m being honest, I got into tech with the intention of eventually having my own startup…


April Speight. Project manager, systems analyst, and creator of Vogue & Code. Source: Vogue & Code

This Q & A is from the first issue of the Juniors in Tech newsletter, by Keziyah Lewis. Sign up here.

In the Ask a Mentor series, I’ll be talking to more experienced people in tech about specific topics. This week, we’ll get to know April Speight, a project manager and systems analyst with 5+ years of experience in tech, and creator of Vogue & Code. I asked her about side hustles, and what a junior in tech should know before freelancing or starting their own business in their craft.

Speaking of side projects, The Vogue & Code website and…

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