Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CodeClan's CEO

Melinda’s Memo, July 2019

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I’m lucky enough to regularly attend a range of different conferences, expos and events, and the perspective from outside the organisation is a great way to remember that we have something pretty special happening at CodeClan.

I recently spoke to 140 inward investment specialists working with Scottish Development International, who are located all around the world, promoting Scotland as a fabulous place to live and work.

The goal was to help them understand what makes Scotland special, give them compelling stories to take back to their own countries and regions, and to promote the vibrant digital community we work in. The response was terrific.

Nobody had come across anything quite like us and the questions came thick and fast – as did the requests for business cards and contact details.

Several members of the CodeClan team, attended the Women of Silicon Roundabout event in London. With around 4,000 attendees and some of the world’s largest tech companies present, it was an inspirational event covering topics from diversity and career guidance, though to the evolution of work and the future of technology itself.

Again, the response to CodeClan was overwhelmingly positive. Every company we spoke to was thrilled to hear about the work we’re doing and the way in which we’re helping people change their careers – and their lives.

We returned to Scotland with dozens of requests from well known digital companies for more information on hiring our graduates, upskilling their staff and more information on all of our courses, from the Professional Software Development to the new Data Analysis course.

What I’m finding the unique interest is our soft skill enablement and technical skills crossover. There are many ways to learn how to code, but to learn how to code and be a productive, valued member of a development team is what the companies are looking for. I recently called CodeClan a finishing school for tech and the image of that seems to have touched a need in the marketplace.

Melinda.

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