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014 - Grant Glidewell - Substance Abuse Counselor to Software Engineer

Published: February 06, 2019
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Grant Glidewell, a JavaScript developer for Zesty.io, about his previous career as a substance abuse counselor for teens. Having struggled with substance abuse issues as young person, Grant knew precisely what he wanted to do for work: help others the way he needed help. We learn lessons from Grant about moving forward when the work you love isn't a viable option anymore.
Guest: Grant Glidewell - @GrantGlidewell

013 - Jerome Hardaway - Air Force to the Web's Captain America

Published: January 15, 2019
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Jerome Hardaway, who went from enlisted in the Air Force to self-taught software engineer. He is also the founder of the non-profit Vets Who Code. Jerome shares with us his journey of entering the military, the challenges faced coming back home, and how he overcame the haters to start a successful program teaching others to be developers.
Guest: Jerome Hardaway - @JeromeHardaway

012 - Mark Noonan - Ethnomusicologist and Job Coach to Web Developer

Published: January 02, 2019
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Mark Noonan, a web developer at Content Thread. Mark shares his story of studying ethnomusicology, working for a touring folk singer, and being a job coach for a non profit helping people with a variety of disabilities. He shares his struggles and victories in making the career change. Stick around after the outro for some interesting added content.
Guest: Mark Noonan - @marktnoonan

011 - Jamon Holmgren - Construction Worker & Home Designer Turned Software Engineer and Business Owner

Published: December 03, 2018
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Jamon Holmgren, CTO and co-owner of Infinite Red, a consultancy specializing in React and React Native Apps. Jamon shares his story of going from construction worker and home designer to software engineer and business owner. Hear about how he got the opportunity to design a home for the general manager of the Portland Trailblazers, and how he started landing web development gigs before he had ever even made a website.
Guest: Jamon Holmgren - @jamonholmgren

010 - Michael Chan - Home Grown Accountant to Software Engineer

Published: June 30, 2018
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Michael Chan, a well known conference speaker and web developer in the React community. He shares his story of growing up working in the family business and how that took him from accounting, to music, to web development. He shares some nuggets of wisdom and a great new conference talk idea along the way.
Guest: Michael Chan - @chantastic

009 - Chris Bedowitz - Wall St. and Professional Poker to Software Engineer

Published: May 26, 2018
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Chris Bedowitz about how long lasting passion for technology took him from Wall Street, to the poker table, and eventually into software development. A more seasoned career changer than most, Chris has lots of great advice to share for those who are considering making a change themselves.
Guest: Chris Bedowitz - @CBedzz

008 - Shannon Kendall - Film Actress turned JavaScript Developer

Published: May 07, 2018
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Shannon Kendall about the life of being an actress, the challenges she faced, and what prompted her to set her life in a whole new direction. She provides a number of useful insights that could have only been learned by spending time in front of the camera.
Guest: Shannon Kendall - @snkendall_

007 - Joel Griffith - Jazz Trumpeter Turned Software Engineer

Published: March 25, 2018
In this episode of Second Career Devs, I chat with Joel Griffith, a former jazz trumpeter turned software engineer. Fair warning, you might want a box of tissues for this episode. Joel teaches us some heartfelt, tough lessons you can only learn by going through tragedy and coming out the other side with a new career and a new perspective.
Guest: Joel Griffith
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