Don’t Settle for just ANY Job

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I feel as people, especially black people or people of color minorities, are taught to accept the first thing that is given to us. This is more so when it comes to job opportunities.

But I see more and more that it’s important for us as minorities to really think about what we want, write down what we need and what we won’t bargain with. We should not back down just because it’s the first opportunity that we see. There’s probably more opportunities out there for you to have but you just accepted what was put in front of you. For me, my parents have that mentality – that someone gave them a job and they have to make sure to keep that job and so on and so forth. In my opinion, people might give you a door but it’s your job to do the work and make that door open. 

I remember when I was job hunting and I felt like the first person that said yes that I should accept. I feel like we think that way because we can’t see anything else. Please make sure you do your due diligence and look and apply for opportunities that fit what you’re looking for. 

Don’t settle for the first thing because they offer – I understand that sometimes we do settle for one reason or another so if you do that, then be ready to accept everything that comes with it. Put your best forward forward and learn what you need until you truly find what you’re looking for. 

In conclusion, go for what you want, stop saying you can’t have it because it’s not your time yet or you don’t deserve it. Wait for the bigger blessing for your future, really lean into what matters and which place will better serve those values and that fit within your lifestyle. Like I said, it’s best to know what you want so that you can only go for what you want.

(mostly)Diverse Conferences 2020

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Conferences are great way to meet others in tech, learn about new things within technologies, meet others, find out about cool companies, etc. I enjoy going to conferences to meet others and learn about coding languages or new findings within a technology.

This year, I plan to visit 5 conferences. I want to talk briefly about each one and maybe even navigate their websites to see what other information we can find out about. 

I am also making an attempt to go to attend more conferences that provide a diverse experience including diverse speakers/panels as well as diverse conference attendees. I plan to document some of my journey at these conferences so be on the lookout for footage and my review of each one.

Black is Tech – Manhattan, NY April- As you know from another video I did about Laracon 2019 (check out the video if you haven’t already), I’m not a fan of NY. However, the tickets were reasonable and plus I can appreciate NY for what it is even though it’s not my favorite 🙂 This conference has black excellence written all over it – Entrepreneurs, engineers, dreamers, etc. I’m excited to meet some people of color that are doing some great things in the tech space.

Video Marketing World – Mainly for business owners trying to market their products better – I signed up to go to this one when I went to the last one last year. The tickets were discounted and I wanted to see if there’d be any value in the talks.

Women Who Code Connect – April – I may not be going since I’ll be visiting conference back to back but it’s worth a mention if you are in or around the San Francisco area. I went last year, lots of amazing women in tech doing some great things and spreading their knowledge to others.

Codeland – NY – I AM TOO EXCITED about this conference. I saw their speaker line up last year and it was so diverse I couldn’t wait to soak up all the knowledge the speakers had to give. I’m just excited to finally attend. When I first started to learn how to code, I started following the #codeNewbie on Twitter – A great community of learners, excited to share new things they find out about. There’s a Wednesday twitter chat I would sometimes join in. And now they are partnered with to provide an even greater conference. I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon at Blacks in Technology a couple years ago and I was just excited to tell her I appreciate what she’s doing for the community. I’m looking forward to meeting some people and perhaps seeing some people from online.

Laracon – ATL – It’s happening. Women Who Code DFW and Tighten have teamed up to help bring some diverse people to Laracon. I was excited to spread the word to my local Women Who Code community. Fortunately, I was able to gather five individuals for this conference. I’m super excited to enjoy this conference with them. Everyone is genuinely excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to hear the talks from the speakers!

Blacks in Technology – Chicago – I didn’t go last year and I was sad about it so I’m making a point to book everything so that I can go to this conference. I cannot wait to see some familiar faces. There’s always so much great talent lurking within this conference.