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Bootcamp & Beyond: A Conversation with Turing School Alumni

Career Conversations

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 8:00 – 9:00 PM UTC


About this event

Tech Bootcamps are a great way to break into the field.  They provide a comprehensive and intensive learning experience.  There are many options when exploring Bootcamps and the variety, timing, price, etc. can be overwhelming.  This panel discussion will help quell those fears, address concerns, answer questions and introduce you to  Bootcamp grads from the Turing School who will share their experiences and recommendations.


Claire Fields: Claire is a frontend software developer at Above the Treeline, where she works on software for book-industry professionals (publishers, librarians, shop-owners). She graduated from the Turing School of Software and Design at the end of September 2021. Prior to Turing, she worked in the restaurant industry for 8 years as a pastry chef, ice cream factory manager, executive sous chef, and line cook. Work-life balance and financial stability was her primary motivation to enter the tech world and outside of work she is passionate about rock climbing and traveling!

Aurora Ziobrowski: Before beginning a career in software development, Aurora was an educator for 8 years as a Teach for America corps member, an elementary school teacher, and finally, as an assistant principal. Throughout her time in education, she was exposed to coding, loved it, and decided to attend Turing School to learn more. After graduating from Turing School in early 2018, Aurora started a role as a software engineer at a consultancy, working for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Currently, she works as a software developer at and enjoys working to advance democracy and equal access for all. Throughout her experiences, she has come to truly believe that working in technology has unlimited potential to change the world. In her free time, Aurora enjoys cheesy TV shows, knitting, and playing all kinds of games.

Kaitlyn Van Gorkom: After nearly 10 years in K-12 mathematics and computer science education, Kaitlyn took a leap to pursue a new career in software development by enrolling in a part-time bootcamp at Nashville Software School. After realizing her heart was still in the classroom, she began searching for a way to combine her software development skills with her dedication to high-quality instruction. As a Turing instructor, Kaitlyn is passionate about helping people tap into their own unrealized potential. When she's not teaching people to code (or coding herself), she loves to salsa dance and spend time with the people she loves outdoors.

Samantha Brown: From Park Ranger to Front End Developer. After spending almost a decade moving around the US as a National Park Ranger, Samantha took the plunge into the uncomfortable and changed course. Samantha attended Turing School of Software and Design from May - Nov 2021. Since graduating, Samantha has excitedly entered the job hunt empowered by the knowledge that she now has more opportunities than ever to receive an offer for a developer position that is both well compensated and fulfilling.

Event Info:
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Time: 3:00p - 4:00p ET (one hour)

Code of Conduct:

The Girl Develop It mission is focused on providing opportunities for women to learn web and software development, but our classes and events are open to all genders and identities. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for all to learn to code and every attendee is expected to uphold our Code of Conduct (