Melinda’s Memo – August 2019

Melinda's Memo August 2019:

Melinda’s Memo

August is a strange time here at CodeClan. On the one hand, the industry tends to take a lot of holidays, leading to things slowing down a little. On the other, our Edinburgh campus is smack in the middle of the world’s biggest arts festival, which makes travelling anywhere, or finding a quiet coffee shop for meetings, a little more… challenging than other times of the year.

Unlike universities and colleges, it’s business as usual for our students in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In the last month we welcomed the first cohort of students to our new Data Analytics course, as well as our 14th cohort of programming students in Glasgow and 33rd in Edinburgh. All in all, that’s tipped us over the 800 mark in terms of students who have come to study full-time at CodeClan.

Digital Diversity Group

July also marked the first meetings of our all new Digital Diversity Group. We founded our original Digital Women’s Group in 2018 and it was incredibly popular. However, everything evolves. At this year’s excellent TEDx Glasgow event, several speakers discussed topics around diversity and inclusion and said, quite matter of factly, that you need to have every participant involved if you want things to change. So we’ve changed. 

At the first sessions, we had a panel of speakers, including our very own COO, Adam, covering topics from men’s mental health, co-parenting, the challenges faced by organisations with diversity, conflict within groups & teams and unconscious bias (and we’ll be blogging about all of those issues on the CodeClan site in the very near future).

Partner Success

We’ve also been thrilled to see so many of our employer partners achieve great things, from new rounds of investment, to acquisitions (in both directions), to relocation into bigger promises to enable ongoing growth. 

Finally, I’m delighted to be reprising my appearance at last year’s Women In Tech Scotland conference, with a new topic looking at how to PEP Up Your Career, and how to utilise Planning, Energy and Perspective to build the career of your dreams. I’ll also be chairing the tech track for the whole day. The 2018 event was one of the highlights of my calendar last year, so this is one I’m really looking forward to.

Whether you’re working, taking a vacation, planning a career change, or it’s business as usual, I hope you get a chance to enjoy the sun, avoid the thunderstorms and enjoy the best of the Scottish summer.



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