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Caroline Omotayo: Learning how to code

Abadesi Osunsade

Caroline is a future trainee solicitor at a corporate law firm, aspiring coder and blogger. She writes weekly on her website “www.talesofcaro.com” about the importance of discovering life outside of your comfort zone, creating opportunities and embracing fear. In addition, she is passionate about women’s empowerment, technology and entrepreneurship.

Caroline was the organiser of the first women in entrepreneurship conference at her University and she has previously undertaken an internship at Bloomberg LP. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, and she is currently studying the Legal Practice Course, having previously completely the Graduate Diploma in Law.

In addition, she has taken coding courses at The Guardian and Twitter (UK), courtesy of Code First: Girls.

What are your favourite tools?

I use codecademy and Treehouse to supplement my coding classes. They are both great online tools that provide tutorials on how to code in different languages. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in learning to code, to start off with these websites as they are very easy to use. codecademy is free, but it also has a premium version. Treehouse has a free trial and a monthly subscription fee, but the video tutorials are great, so it is definitely worth it.

I also use Canva, a website that provides great tools for creating social media graphics. I have been using it to create graphics for my blog and the best thing about it is that it is completely free!  

What have you started before you were ready?

I started learning how to code before I felt like I was really ready to take on the challenge and it was probably the best decision that I ever made. At first, I thought that before I venture into a completely different field from the one that I was on, I had to have a grand life plan. I also thought that you had to be a maths wizard to be good at coding, but both of those myths were quickly dispelled once I was accepted unto the Code First: Girls Course. An opportunity that I could not give up.

I learnt that you can only figure out whether something is for you by actually trying it out, not by over analysing it beforehand. I have also learnt that you can never truly be ready and the goal should always be progress, not perfection and that’s why it’s so important to focus on starting. You never know where an opportunity can lead to.

How do you power through problems?

The primary way that I overcome problems, is by focussing on my mindset. If I am procrastinating, it’s usually because I am overwhelmed. Juggling law school, learning how to code and blogging can often lead to burnout which consequently reduces productivity. Therefore, If I am procrastinating, I schedule an intentional day off to re-energise. That usually deals with the problem and gets me back on track.

I am also a very big fan of journaling. I like to write my thoughts down, remind myself of my aims and create daily practical steps on how I can achieve them. That helps me to not get overwhelmed and also to find solutions to problems by creating a daily game plan.

Which podcast do you recommend?

I have recently started to listen to the Fortt Knox by Jon Fortt. In the podcast, CEO’s and industry leaders discuss their motivations and strategic decisions that made them successful. It’s great, because it allows me to gain an insight into different industries and to learn from the people that I am trying to emulate.