We present to you another interesting story from one of our own. This time we talked to our UX designer Braňo. His journey through Applifting is quite remarkable. He started as a FE developer, and then moved from programming to UX design, which he really enjoys. Furthemore, he is a mentor for the ReactGirls community.
Braňo, how long and what have you been doing for ReactGirls?
Long story short: I think it was around December 2019 when the first programming workshop took place, and ReactGirls began to emerge. The girls invited me to their events, and gradually, I became part of this great community.
Subsequently, webinars started to take place, speeded up by the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic. I lectured on the basics of CSS and HTML, and I also hosted the Developer Day webinar. I talked about some basic things that are not directly related to programming but are an integral part of what programmers do. I explained what tools and task managers programmers use and how the agile method works. Just so that the girls know how it really works, because it's a big part of a developer's work, yet it's not often talked about. Some of these webinars are a one-time thing, others are part of the Academy, which takes place twice a year and ends with a hackathon.
Besides lecturing, you are also a mentor. How does mentoring actually work at ReactGirls, and what do you do?
Mentoring began in the fall of 2020, and I was one of the first two "test" mentors where each of us had one mentee. Two other Applifters--David and Lukáš--do mentoring at ReactGirls too.
At a time when I was still doing some programming but also spending roughly half of my time doing UX work, I met a girl who wanted to learn how to program as a freelancer. In the end, we agreed that she would do UX as well. The first third of the time was spent on designing the website, and then we put it all in code.