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Multi-award-winning software developer, Asia Sharif, shares her expertise, insight and story

The third episode of our brand new YouTube series, Career Goals, is now available to watch… be prepared for some inspiration from Asia Sharif.

Our third episode of Career Goals saw the host, Kelsey Haslam, joined by the award-winning tech guru, Asia Sharif.

Guest

Asia initially taught herself how to code during the Coronavirus pandemic while looking for new skills and career opportunities that she could pursue. Her goals and values are clear to see as she is part of many communities within the technology field and actively promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

While working towards her goals to make a difference for the greater good, she founded ChainVerse, which aims to revolutionise prison communications by providing a simple and affordable platform for people to connect.

Key topics discussed

Introductions

Asia discusses her background, career history, and what led her into the technology industry. This is where we find out more about ChainVerse, as well as the importance of mentorship when looking to work in technology.

Never have I ever

Kelsey and Asia play a game of Never Have I Ever. This reveals some truths about the technology industry and working as a software developer. Some of the questions asked encourage discussions on how Asia finds time for herself and avoids hitting burnout while living a very busy lifestyle.

Asia also talks about her motivations and goals, and how boot camps, mentorship and opportunities helped her to fight imposter syndrome and learn everything needed to succeed in her industry.

Industry myths

Kelsey reads out a variety of statements relating to software development. Some of the topics that follow include whether software development is an expensive career path to go down and whether AI is making programmers obsolete.

Final thoughts

The closing question is asked: what does ‘career goals’ mean to you?

Start your career journey

At Kaplan, we offer apprenticeship programmes across several career paths in the data and technology industry. If you’re inspired to be more like Asia, take a look at our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, which will give you all the tools needed to succeed.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in an apprenticeship and are looking for a role, browse our current vacancies. Or read more about how you can talk to your current employer about enrolling you on an apprenticeship.

For all information regarding our Data and Technology apprenticeships, you can also download our brochure where you can find all information in one place such as funding, hiring, and contacting the team.

Uncover more inspiring stories in our Career Goals YouTube series

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Multi-award-winning software developer, Asia Sharif, shares her expertise, insight and story

The third episode of our brand new YouTube series, Career Goals, is now available to watch… be prepared for some inspiration from Asia Sharif.

Our third episode of Career Goals saw the host, Kelsey Haslam, joined by the award-winning tech guru, Asia Sharif.

Guest

Asia initially taught herself how to code during the Coronavirus pandemic while looking for new skills and career opportunities that she could pursue. Her goals and values are clear to see as she is part of many communities within the technology field and actively promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

While working towards her goals to make a difference for the greater good, she founded ChainVerse, which aims to revolutionise prison communications by providing a simple and affordable platform for people to connect.

Key topics discussed

Introductions

Asia discusses her background, career history, and what led her into the technology industry. This is where we find out more about ChainVerse, as well as the importance of mentorship when looking to work in technology.

Never have I ever

Kelsey and Asia play a game of Never Have I Ever. This reveals some truths about the technology industry and working as a software developer. Some of the questions asked encourage discussions on how Asia finds time for herself and avoids hitting burnout while living a very busy lifestyle.

Asia also talks about her motivations and goals, and how boot camps, mentorship and opportunities helped her to fight imposter syndrome and learn everything needed to succeed in her industry.

Industry myths

Kelsey reads out a variety of statements relating to software development. Some of the topics that follow include whether software development is an expensive career path to go down and whether AI is making programmers obsolete.

Final thoughts

The closing question is asked: what does ‘career goals’ mean to you?

Start your career journey

At Kaplan, we offer apprenticeship programmes across several career paths in the data and technology industry. If you’re inspired to be more like Asia, take a look at our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, which will give you all the tools needed to succeed.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in an apprenticeship and are looking for a role, browse our current vacancies. Or read more about how you can talk to your current employer about enrolling you on an apprenticeship.

For all information regarding our Data and Technology apprenticeships, you can also download our brochure where you can find all information in one place such as funding, hiring, and contacting the team.

Uncover more inspiring stories in our Career Goals YouTube series

View all episodes

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Multi-award-winning software developer, Asia Sharif, shares her expertise, insight and story

The third episode of our brand new YouTube series, Career Goals, is now available to watch… be prepared for some inspiration from Asia Sharif.

Our third episode of Career Goals saw the host, Kelsey Haslam, joined by the award-winning tech guru, Asia Sharif.

Guest

Asia initially taught herself how to code during the Coronavirus pandemic while looking for new skills and career opportunities that she could pursue. Her goals and values are clear to see as she is part of many communities within the technology field and actively promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

While working towards her goals to make a difference for the greater good, she founded ChainVerse, which aims to revolutionise prison communications by providing a simple and affordable platform for people to connect.

Key topics discussed

Introductions

Asia discusses her background, career history, and what led her into the technology industry. This is where we find out more about ChainVerse, as well as the importance of mentorship when looking to work in technology.

Never have I ever

Kelsey and Asia play a game of Never Have I Ever. This reveals some truths about the technology industry and working as a software developer. Some of the questions asked encourage discussions on how Asia finds time for herself and avoids hitting burnout while living a very busy lifestyle.

Asia also talks about her motivations and goals, and how boot camps, mentorship and opportunities helped her to fight imposter syndrome and learn everything needed to succeed in her industry.

Industry myths

Kelsey reads out a variety of statements relating to software development. Some of the topics that follow include whether software development is an expensive career path to go down and whether AI is making programmers obsolete.

Final thoughts

The closing question is asked: what does ‘career goals’ mean to you?

Start your career journey

At Kaplan, we offer apprenticeship programmes across several career paths in the data and technology industry. If you’re inspired to be more like Asia, take a look at our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, which will give you all the tools needed to succeed.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in an apprenticeship and are looking for a role, browse our current vacancies. Or read more about how you can talk to your current employer about enrolling you on an apprenticeship.

For all information regarding our Data and Technology apprenticeships, you can also download our brochure where you can find all information in one place such as funding, hiring, and contacting the team.

Uncover more inspiring stories in our Career Goals YouTube series

View all episodes

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Multi-award-winning software developer, Asia Sharif, shares her expertise, insight and story

The third episode of our brand new YouTube series, Career Goals, is now available to watch… be prepared for some inspiration from Asia Sharif.

Our third episode of Career Goals saw the host, Kelsey Haslam, joined by the award-winning tech guru, Asia Sharif.

Guest

Asia initially taught herself how to code during the Coronavirus pandemic while looking for new skills and career opportunities that she could pursue. Her goals and values are clear to see as she is part of many communities within the technology field and actively promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

While working towards her goals to make a difference for the greater good, she founded ChainVerse, which aims to revolutionise prison communications by providing a simple and affordable platform for people to connect.

Key topics discussed

Introductions

Asia discusses her background, career history, and what led her into the technology industry. This is where we find out more about ChainVerse, as well as the importance of mentorship when looking to work in technology.

Never have I ever

Kelsey and Asia play a game of Never Have I Ever. This reveals some truths about the technology industry and working as a software developer. Some of the questions asked encourage discussions on how Asia finds time for herself and avoids hitting burnout while living a very busy lifestyle.

Asia also talks about her motivations and goals, and how boot camps, mentorship and opportunities helped her to fight imposter syndrome and learn everything needed to succeed in her industry.

Industry myths

Kelsey reads out a variety of statements relating to software development. Some of the topics that follow include whether software development is an expensive career path to go down and whether AI is making programmers obsolete.

Final thoughts

The closing question is asked: what does ‘career goals’ mean to you?

Start your career journey

At Kaplan, we offer apprenticeship programmes across several career paths in the data and technology industry. If you’re inspired to be more like Asia, take a look at our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, which will give you all the tools needed to succeed.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in an apprenticeship and are looking for a role, browse our current vacancies. Or read more about how you can talk to your current employer about enrolling you on an apprenticeship.

For all information regarding our Data and Technology apprenticeships, you can also download our brochure where you can find all information in one place such as funding, hiring, and contacting the team.

Uncover more inspiring stories in our Career Goals YouTube series

View all episodes

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Multi-award-winning software developer, Asia Sharif, shares her expertise, insight and story

The third episode of our brand new YouTube series, Career Goals, is now available to watch… be prepared for some inspiration from Asia Sharif.

Our third episode of Career Goals saw the host, Kelsey Haslam, joined by the award-winning tech guru, Asia Sharif.

Guest

Asia initially taught herself how to code during the Coronavirus pandemic while looking for new skills and career opportunities that she could pursue. Her goals and values are clear to see as she is part of many communities within the technology field and actively promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.

While working towards her goals to make a difference for the greater good, she founded ChainVerse, which aims to revolutionise prison communications by providing a simple and affordable platform for people to connect.

Key topics discussed

Introductions

Asia discusses her background, career history, and what led her into the technology industry. This is where we find out more about ChainVerse, as well as the importance of mentorship when looking to work in technology.

Never have I ever

Kelsey and Asia play a game of Never Have I Ever. This reveals some truths about the technology industry and working as a software developer. Some of the questions asked encourage discussions on how Asia finds time for herself and avoids hitting burnout while living a very busy lifestyle.

Asia also talks about her motivations and goals, and how boot camps, mentorship and opportunities helped her to fight imposter syndrome and learn everything needed to succeed in her industry.

Industry myths

Kelsey reads out a variety of statements relating to software development. Some of the topics that follow include whether software development is an expensive career path to go down and whether AI is making programmers obsolete.

Final thoughts

The closing question is asked: what does ‘career goals’ mean to you?

Start your career journey

At Kaplan, we offer apprenticeship programmes across several career paths in the data and technology industry. If you’re inspired to be more like Asia, take a look at our Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship, which will give you all the tools needed to succeed.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in an apprenticeship and are looking for a role, browse our current vacancies. Or read more about how you can talk to your current employer about enrolling you on an apprenticeship.

For all information regarding our Data and Technology apprenticeships, you can also download our brochure where you can find all information in one place such as funding, hiring, and contacting the team.

Uncover more inspiring stories in our Career Goals YouTube series

View all episodes

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In this episode of our Learn Better podcast, Stuart Pedley-Smith spoke to the CBI Executive Director of Education, Tanya Retter.

Kaplan · 7 minute read

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