Coming from different culture and background, students at Le Wagon created a community with inclusivity and open-mindedness. Wendy, who I want to introduce today, has a very rich experience in her education and career. After graduating from graduate school, she came back to Shanghai and joined our full-stack web development bootcamp. In three months after graduating the bootcamp, she successfully transformed from marketing into the technology industry and became a project manager.
We can't help but wonder what made the process so quick? Wendy said humbly that she felt very lucky. How did she do it? Let us hear about it!
我出生在台湾，在加拿大长大。从不列颠哥伦比亚大学（University of British Columbia ）获得市场营销学士学位后，我移居上海，为加拿大商会（CanCham）工作。在为商会工作期间我主办了上百个活动。
I was born in Taiwan, raised in Canada. After I graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing, I moved to Shanghai to work for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham). I have hosted more than 100+ events.
After 3 years in Shanghai, I have decided to move to London, UK to pursue a Master’s degree in data analytics at Royal Holloway, University of London.
However, determined to transition from marketing & community to tech, I decided to come back to Shanghai after graduation and immerse myself in the fast-paced dynamic of technology development in Asia. Though faced with a lot of uncertainty, I still took the risk and came.
With professional experiences expanding across Asia, Europe and North America, I have developed my own value and outlook which motivates me to be more humble and confident.
你是怎么知道 Le Wagon 沃耕的？
How do you get to know Le Wagon?
是我一个从市场到科技转型成功的朋友推荐给我的。他/她的经历鼓励到了我，所以我决定来上海参加 Le Wagon 沃耕编程训练。在伦敦的时候我收到的工作邀请仍旧是活动、社群相关的，但我坚信科技已经渗透到生活和工作的方方面面，我也非常想要参与到技术创新的风浪里来。
I came to know Le Wagon through a friend. He/she managed to transition from marketing to technology and recommended Le Wagon Shanghai to me. So his/her advice and successful experience encouraged me to join Le Wagon shanghai to study programming. Back in London, I have received several offers from companies there. However, technology has/will become an inevitable part of our personal and professional life and I feel strongly motivated to become part of the technology innovation.
Le Wagon 的经历是怎么帮助到你职业发展的？
How did the le wagon experiences and learnings help your career?
通过在Le Wagon学习的编程的基础，我有机会探索了技术行业的不同领域，例如技术项目管理，UI / UX设计，小程序开发，并通过这些找出了我感兴趣的地方。现在的工作我仍旧会遇到一些陌生的术语和概念，还是会翻阅以前在Le Wagon 沃耕学习的资料，复习一遍或是重新学习一遍。
By learning the foundation of coding at Le Wagon, I was given the opportunity to explore the different areas of the tech industry, for example, tech project management, UI/UX design, Mini-program development - and find out where my interest lies. Right now, I still go back to my notes during the Le Wagon bootcamp when I encounter unfamiliar jargons or concepts.
通过 le wagon的介绍，我找到了我现在的工作！找工作的过程是辛苦的，Le Wagon 的职业辅导和人脉圈子让整个过程更加顺利。
Through le wagon connection, I found my current job at wiredcraft. Job searching can be tough but Le Wagon helped me go through the process more easily.
I work as a tech project manager in a digital consulting firm. We provide digital transformation strategies to international brands, and localized tech products according to their business needs. My work bridges the communication gap between our engineering team and our clients. I translate the requests of our clients into technical workflows to the engineering team and translate problems our engineering team encountered into jargon-free conversation to our clients.
Since I am relatively new to the tech industry, I encounter a lot of unfamiliar tech jargons or concepts at work. A lot of times I needed to go back to the notes I took at Le Wagon bootcamp to help my current work. Besides that, thanks to my 9 weeks training at Le Wagon, I developed a good idea of how to search and who to ask.
What would you be piece of actionable advice for beginners/transitioners to help them get started their journey in tech？
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Le Wagon has a strong support group consisting of knowledgeable instructors, talented TAs, and friendly classmates.
I was known as “the girl that asks a million questions a day” during the bootcamp. But you will be surprised how easily a “unsolvable bug” in your eyes can be fixed if you simply just ask.
In your opinion, what are the advantages for women to be in tech industry nowadays and how women can better leverage the advantages for them to succeed in the industry
I don’t like to be gender specific, as I believe women have as many advantages to leverage as men to begin with.
However, statistics estimates are that less than 0.5 percent of the world's population knows how to code today, and somewhere between 70 and 90% of those are male. Therefore, I do hope kids can receive equal learning opportunity/encouragement to explore the STEM industry when they grow up.
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