TechStylers … August 2020

In August 2020, I was lucky to be invited to participate in the TechStylers meetup, with a short session on my career journey through Tech. My session ‘One Journey … Many Paths’ was aimed at assuring women who have many conflicting pressures to manage, to have faith in themselves, to be brave and remember that it is #NeverTooLate to do something new.

I was preceded at the August meetup by Olayinke Oke, a recently converted #PowerAddict. Olayinke began learning Power Apps since joining TechStylers, and had surpassed Dona’s challenge to #DoTheThing by creating a fully functioning app for Service Request Management, including validation and approvals, that she demo’d for the group.

Our third August speaker was Michelle Wong, who spoke to us about her career journey, and how she has taught herself Power Apps using online resources, and with help from the Community. Michelle then showed us some of the amazing apps she has created for the PowerApps4Kids events, including her Pokemon 3D Game that earned 3rd place at the Power Apps Demo Extravaganza 2020!

Olajumoke ‘MJ’ Toriola, a M365 expert and community lead for the M365 UG in Nigeria, spoke next on ‘Remaining Relevant as a Female in the IT Industry’. MJ discussed the challenges that women experience, and gave some very practical advice on how to overcome them, and then spoke on the subject of relevance and how key it is for women to achieve and sustain it for a successful career in Tech.

The last speaker for the August meetup was Clarissa Gillingham, a Business Applications engineer based in the UK, who told us about her ‘wibbly windy journey’ to the Power Platform, Clarissa explained how her love of learning sustained her through moments of self doubt, and how a leap of faith brought her first exposure to the Power Platform, to bring her full circle to a role that brings together all of the things she has learned on her journey.

As always, the session was hugely inspirational, and I can’t wait for the next … if you’d like to come along, keep an eye on the socials, we meet the last Saturday of every month.  The recording of the full session can be found here