Learn From Your Communities and Remember That Learning Is Fun with Michelle Barker

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Michelle Barker

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Michelle Barker, a Lead Front End Developer for Atomic Smash and the author of front-end blog CSS In Real Life. She likes to build fun, creative websites and side projects that are also performant and accessible. She has written articles and regularly speaks about front end development at web conferences and meetups, covering topics such as CSS Grid Layout and CSS Custom Properties. Michelle talks about the value of community and how it can energise your career development. She also discusses why learning should always be fun, and the value of taking time out to realign with what lights you up.


Michelle Barker


MichelleBarker.co.uk – Click on the link to check out Michelle’s website!

CSS-IRL.INFO – Click on the link to check out Michelle’s CSS In Real Life website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Find a community – online or offline – and allow the people there to help and guide you. This can greatly accelerate your personal development and growth.
2) Learning should always be fun. If you’re struggling to get motivated, put down the tutorials and try to build something for fun!

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

When returning from maternity leave, Michelle an extra sense of pressure in terms of proving herself, along with being exhausted and overwhelmed by new parenthood. Since then, she has recognized the value of not adding pressure to oneself unnecessarily.

Career Highlight

Working on a project for The Grand Appeal, a Bristol children’s charity, a cause close to Michelle’s heart due to her own experiences with her son.

The Future

The IT community itself and the many ways in which people are innovating and pushing the sector forward. Community is everything in IT, and finding the right one is a constant source of inspiration.

The Reveal

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

The intersection between creativity and technical knowhow.

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

Write down your accomplishments.

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

That we must always be coding, even in our spare time, and make work our life.

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

Michelle would put less pressure upon herself. Your career is not a race.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Michelle is spending far more time on writing, particularly on her blog, and now in partnership with other publications.

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

Working in customer services and in the events industry so as to get a better understanding of how to interact with others.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Michelle enjoys creative coding as an outlet.

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

Netflix and playing the drums.

Contact The Guest

Contact Michelle Barker through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MicheBarks

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-barker-02819230/

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