Create a Learning Roadmap but Also Let Curiosity Take You in New Directions with Madison Kanna

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Madison Kanna

Madison Kanna is a software developer working at Keeper Security.  Madison is also the host of the CodeBookClub, an online community with live online meetups for beginners and intermediate developers.  She blogs about JavaScript and teaching yourself how to code without attending a Bootcamp.

In this episode, Phil and Madison Kanna discuss how someone who is new to the industry can map out what they will learn and in what order. Madison explains how to motivate and organize yourself to acquire the knowledge you need.

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MadisonKanna.com – Check out Madison’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) If you are a new developer, create a curriculum for yourself. Try to map out what you will learn. Knowing, in advance, what step you are going to take next will help you to keep momentum, so your career does not end up stalling before it has really got started.
2) Figure out what you are curious about and learn about that. Don`t just stick to learning the things you need for your job and the sector you work in. Learning about unrelated things that you are curious about will take you to new places and enable you to acquire fresh skills.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Early in her career, Madison just did not enjoy her work. The firm she worked for did not believe in mentoring or collaborative working. So, she had to basically teach herself at night and during the weekends. It was a tough time for her. But it taught her that sometimes you just have to be your own mentor. It also made her realize that you need to recognize when something is not right for you and not be afraid to move on.

Career Highlight

For Madison, joining Keeper Security has been a career highlight. Working in a truly collaborative environment has helped her to grow her skillset far faster. Releasing her free JavaScript course, a couple of years ago, was another highlight. It played a big role in enabling her to figure out what she did and didn´t understand. Pushing her to learn more about JavaScript and do so in a structured way.

The Future

Madison is excited by the current developments surrounding JavaScript. It still has a lot to offer and sites like Egghead.io are making it far easier for people to keep up with the changes.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Madison took a coding tutorial and was hooked immediately.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

You don´t have to be the smartest person on the team.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Learn at least two more languages at the same time as learning JavaScript.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Draw up a roadmap to ensure that she was on the right track from the very start and wasted no energy wondering what to do next.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Madison wants to learn more about JavaScript, React and cryptography.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Being an effective learner.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Running the CodeBookClub.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Madison loves to work out and spending time with her family. She also reads a lot.

Contact The Guest

Contact Madison Kanna through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Madisonkanna

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madison-kanna/

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