You have to be willing to give up something to create an opportunity: time, rest, convenience, and etc. One of the speakers reflected how as an immigrant to the U.S. with very little saving, she quit her job to pursue two tech boot-camps back to back. The first boot camp was low cost and the following one was free. Her testimony reminded me that if you have the will there is a way.
I can personally attest as a stutter and person with social anxiety that the road into tech is full with uncomfortable spaces. Saying "Yes" led me to working as a teacher assistant at a boot-camp, leading tech meetups, getting paid for a freelance project, working for free for a startup, and giving technical talks. All of these uncomfortable scary tech-adjusted opportunities lead to my first job in tech.
One of the speakers felt like she didn't ace an interview for a developer role and pivoted to ask if they had an internship. The answer was yes! She now has her first tech experience by simply being courageous.
Job hunting can seem like a black hole sucking up every job application you submit. Networking can and should be an essential part of connecting your face, name, or reputation to a job application. Use LinkedIn, Twitter, and tech meetups to connect with others in the tech industry.
You have to have the attitude that every tech-related person you meet is an opportunity to impress and get a referral down the line. In the job search, the key is making relationships. Its depth, not width.
I would love to read y'all thoughts on these topics?