Switching your career in(to) IT #1

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This meetup will open our series focused on both switching to an IT career when you come from another path and/or boosting your existing IT career with new languages and best practices. The subject for this Meetup will be:

How we changed our careers and a possible new path with TypeScript

We will have living examples of people who succeeded and are on the way of changing their path. Then we will give an introduction to the history and development of JavaScript and finally introduce TypeScript, showing how it improves the development experience in both Back- and Frontend.

The agenda:
18:30 - 18:55: Opening with food and drinks
18:55 - 19:00: Michele & Andreas - Introduction to the Series
19:00 - 20:00: Evelyn & Lina - Two stories from career switchers
20:00 - 20:30: Michele - From JavaScript to TypeScript
20:30 - 21:30: Networking and socialising

The speakers:

Evelyn started with Japanese Studies and ended up as a quality assurance expert in a software company, holding an MBA. She already worked as a working student in software companies and discovered her interest in development during this time. She fell in love with the open culture and the people working in software development. After two years of being a QA it's time to change and follow the passion of development and meeting new open minded people.

Lina is a Software Engineer @Babbel. After years of having searched for the right career path, she decided to take a chance and jump into software development. In the beginning of 2018, she graduated from a boot camp, took part at Babbel Neos program and since then has been working as a Software Engineer in one of the most exciting tech companies in Berlin. At the meet up, she will talk about her professional journey, share her struggles and tips on how to overcome them as a newbie in the tech world.

Michele is a Senior Software Engineer at Lieferando. After graduating in Florence and the first working years in Italy, in 2016 he moved to Berlin to join a rising startup. In August 2018 he joined Takeaway.com to work in the logistics team and help the Company to become the biggest food delivery service in Germany and Europe. He will give a talk about the history of JavaScript and introduce TypeScript, a new language which adds new features to JavaScript and it's therefore recommended to be used in big scale applications.

In the next meetups we will introduce and explain best practices and use cases of fundamental concepts such as version control (git), design patterns and software architecture.

We look forward to meeting you!