This week, we heard from Esther Cotton about her experience!
I've always loved tech, but hesitated to turn my love for tech into a career. After my office closed during the pandemic, I decided it was time to do something scary and push past imposter syndrome, and dive into the tech industry.
I completed a beginner-friendly web development bootcamp through SheCodes, and then went on to complete both a cybersecurity bootcamp and cloud computing bootcamp through Generation USA. I also started attending virtual tech conferences and job fairs, especially ones focused in DEI and inclusivity in tech. It was during one of these conferences that I heard about the Sauce Labs fellowship program, and considered applying.
I was so nervous, and imposter syndrome reared its ugly head, and I almost talked myself out of applying for the fellowship program, unsure if I would really fit in with the program, or if I actually had anything to offer to it. I felt as though I didn't have enough professional tech experience, but I convinced myself to apply anyway. The worst that could happen was that I wouldn't be accepted, but at least I would have tried.
I was so excited and surprised when Paloma informed me that I had been accepted into the fellowship! To be a part of this program, being able to both learn and work, and have access to mentors and a great team of supportive fellowship members has been such an amazing experience. I'm excited for all the personal and professional growth to come.
We’re excited that Sauce Labs new fellowship program is in full swing. Over the next several weeks, we’d like to introduce you to the five fellows who are working hard to improve and open source Elemental Selenium.
Sauce Labs is proud to launch our brand new Community Fellowship Program. The program aims to foster diversity in the open source community, providing paid training for five people over a period of six months. It welcomes aspiring technologists who want to gain a footing in the tech world and further expand their knowledge and skills.
Sauce Labs welcomes the new fellows who will be working on Elemental Selenium, a worthwhile open source project. They join our new Community Fellowship Program, which is designed to foster diversity and belonging in the open source community.