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The Journey from Software Engineer to Founder

This event was hosted on October 13th, 2021.

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Online Soft-skill Workshops at Andela provide a platform for senior engineers and tech-thought leaders to engage with engineers across the globe as they share their technical expertise in a wide array of soft-skill areas.

In the month of October, we host James Whelton, co-founder of CoderDojo.

About the Session:

James will take you through his entrepreneurial journey from starting as a Software Engineer and founder of CoderDojo. Despite not attending university, he landed jobs all over the world from east to west and has now returned to became a successful founder of productivity and habit management tool, Conjure. Also, James will give you his secret sauce of how to manage the burnout as long as you grow in your career.

The discussion will cover:

  • Finding the path best for one’s self as a freelancer or outside the conventional system — Getting to know our speaker and how he made an unconventional path to success in his career.
  • The importance of networking — How to land  different  jobs from east to west .

How to Master “Work Burnout” —  Our speaker will give a real life example of how to master the burnout while having more than 1 job.

PS1: The session will be conducted via Zoom.
PS2: Zoom link to be shared via email upon RSVP.

The event is free and open to the public. Register to join us!

About the Speakers
James Whelton
Co-founder, CoderDojo

James is an entrepreneur and full-stack developer from Ireland. In 2011 aged 18, he co-founded CoderDojo, a movement of over 2300 free coding clubs for young people across over 110 countries. More recently, as CTO James built the largest online supermarket in the Middle East, Danube, and then worked with Private Equity firm Xenon, acquiring and operating SaaS technology companies, across Japan, Europe and the USA.

Currently James is building Conjure.so, a platform to help people achieve habits and goals, and serves as CTO of TokyoMate.jp, alongside advising several start-ups. His primary technology stack is Ruby on Rails, Go,  React with TypeScript, React Native and Swift. James is passionate about self development and well-being, having tested every method possible to burn himself out.

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