- Got in touch with Chris Brower, the Program Co-ordinator for Digital Media Design and 3D Computer Graphics at the Red River College. It seems that the best fit for my further education would be a selection of courses from the digital media design, graphic design, and creative communications programmes, though I still really don’t haven’t looked into it enough to know whether that makes any sense, so I will take a close look at those programmes to understand it all better.
- Wrote this and previous blog post
- Followed up with a new technical writer acquaintance I made on Wednesday at the WordPress meetup.
- Got an appointment with Mario Tomberli, a local software developer recruiter, who reached out to me after I tweeted about being laid off
- Set up job alerts at the Job Bank website. Used location Winnipeg, no job title, and keywords: web software app mobile developer programming programmer
- Signed up for an orientation session with the YMCA Business Training Centre, for joining their Self Employment Program
- Signed up for an orientation session for the E.A.R.S. programme offered by the Winnipeg Transition Centre
- Signed up for an orientation session with Opportunities for Employment
I still plan to try to set up my computer further for work on WordPress websites, an initiative I’m hoping will provide lucrative self-employment opportunities, and perhaps even a product with passive income opportunities.
I got laid off last Thursday, for the first time in my career. Don’t worry, I’ll be fine. I am sure that this will be a great opportunity to explore career options, and learn from this experience. 🙂
The first thing I did, after being escorted out of the building by the security team, was to go to the EI office on Yorke. Turns out that office moved 2 years ago, so I went to where they moved, the Service Canada location in Portage place and applied for EI.
While applying for EI, I got in touch with my boss at the job I left a month and a half ago. They haven’t yet filled my position, and they will keep me in mind along with other candidates they are considering at this time.
Over the next few days, I’ve been considering my options. I think that my preferred option would be to learn enough creative communication skills ( including graphic design and online marketing ) to be able to build my own business around offering web & mobile software design & development services.
As part of being unemployed, I got to visit the Manitoba jobs and Skills Development Centre, where they offer a number of services, including help with job search, career consulting, trade apprenticeship, self-employment and education and skills training.
I decided to blog about my job search today. I think I would like to blog each day about my efforts, for several reasons:
- it might help another laid off software developer in the future, to see what I did when I got laid off
- it might be good marketing for me to show how I go about getting things done
- it might be good proof, if proof is needed for EI reasons, that I am trying to get employment
- it might provide a venue for those who would like to help me, to get in touch and share any info they think might be useful to my job search
- it might produce positive results which I can’t think of up-front 😉
Thanks for reading. Please get in touch through a comment on this post or contact me in another way. I’d love to hear any information you think might be useful to me, or discuss any questions you want to discuss with me.
Just participated in my first learning session on my path to becoming a Career e-Mentor for newcomers to Canada seeking to work in the ICT industry.
Learned about a cool free e-portfolio creation and hosting tool.
I took notes during the webinar, and you can look them over here
Provide vision for, and coaching toward achievement of below stated enterprise goals ( among others ):
– Input/output needs of parties involved in communication and other interaction/handoff points are well understood, and thus are always adequately met for said parties.
– Planning ( including daily ), goal/task follow-through and prioritization, customer validation and direct/gatekeepered channels for creating a shared team/customer understanding of the problem and proposed solution the software is addressing are all adequately enabled and well managed by the whole team. Continuous learning is employed in order to achieve continued evolution on all aspects of team-working.
– Functionality that the software implements is fully self-testing, fully self-documenting and perfectly annotated, and thus ultimatelly fully malleable as part of each delivery ( the software remains soft ).
– Motivation is actively managed and provided by the servant leaders of the team through enabling autonomy, mastery and full responsibility and empowerment for defining, and following through on, our worthy cause(tm). People are leaving at 5 every day to enable sustainable pace.
Recently I had the opportunity to consider what questions I need the sprint planning meeting to answer, and I will share it here so I can refer to it later, and in case it would be useful to you.
1. In what way can we adjust the current software so that our users would start using it after the sprint? ( adjust last part if your software is already in use )
2. What seems like the best way we can come up with right now for actually completing the suggested adjustment to the software by the end of the current sprint?
3. Who could we get to actually start use our adjustments to the software at the end of the sprint? ( all users of the software? Beta users? Alpha users? )
Seems it is valuable to keep those questions in mind for the sprint planning meeting. What questions do you try to answer during your sprint planning meeting?
Just got this email from the organizers. Looking forward to it. Gonna try to bring my Dad and wife.
Thank you so much for volunteering to mentor for our Intro To HTML and CSS event! Michelle and I are so excited to host the first Ladies Learning Code course in Winnipeg. We are blown away by the enthusiasm of all of the mentors that want to sign up for the event!
The tech industry in Winnipeg is growing and we need to promote Women in technology. Our hope is that this event will create a community of supporters. Which will help introduce programming to other smart, savvy women.
I know you must have a lot of questions about what being a mentor entails. We just need you to be friendly, helpful and supportive while the ladies work through the course material. The session will be lead by an experienced teacher, Christina Truong. You will be assigned to a small group of students to help guide them in the right direction. Who says coding can’t be social? More specific information will be sent out a few days before the event.
We will do a mixer after the event at a nearby restaurant/pub. We hope you can come out so we can get to know you! I’d love to learn about your experience in the tech industry and why you decided to volunteer for LLC.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle and I (reply-all to this email) We are the LLC chapter leads for Winnipeg.
Please help us promote the event to make it a success! We are still have a handful of spots we would like to fill with Ladies Learning. Join the facebook event to stay tuned to the action. Share, tweet, and blog it to all your friends! This is a launch event, so if we are successful we will be able to continue running workshops. This could be the beginning of a great network of brilliant, tech-oriented, women in Winnipeg.