Doubling down on my commitment to helping not just teach practical technology skills to industry newcomers but ensuring that women are given the skills necessary to succeed in the technology field, I had a good coaching session with my friend Meg and helped her do the same process of setting up cloud-native tooling for a CI/CD pipeline to instantiate a Ghost blog via Terraform with the Bitnami Lightsail recipe.
If the handful of hours that I have spent with Meg and Cat have taught me anything, it is that they are so wicked smart and capable of doing this work and already have the mindset necessary for successful technology careers that I find so lacking in many of the people that I have worked with in a career spanning two decades. I know my blog is mostly for my own personal satisfaction of externalizing my thought process and the exercise of catharsis via writing, however, if anyone who is in a position to bring on awesome talent for a junior cloud/dev ops type gig, these ladies would certainly fare just as well as someone who might have more experience in years on a resume because they are hungry and want to learn all the things and make a mark, and that makes them so much more motivated to engage in learning and receive effective mentorship and coaching.
Meg told me something when we wrapped up the stuff after the call yesterday today that really stuck with me - "If I was encouraged the way that my brothers were, perhaps things would have worked out differently for me."
I want to encourage anyone and everyone, man woman and child, but especially women who are trying to break into technology roles to hang out with us at The DevOps Lounge on Discord and start to make connections and get to know the folks that would be willing to try and download all of this knowledge into you for no other purpose than seeing you succeed and giving back some of the blessings (and of course stressings lol) that technology has provided in our own lives. You can't go from zero to "Look Ma, I'm a Full-Stack Developer!!!" like any of these hokey paid code bootcamp courses endorse, but you can hang out with people who are developing and deploying at scale and get to know them and how they solve problems.