Career Zoo: Interview with Python Ireland’s Vicky Twomey-Lee
Vicky Twomey-Lee, treasurer, Python Ireland

Career Zoo: Interview with Python Ireland’s Vicky Twomey-Lee

27 Feb 2015

Helping out in the Coder Hack Space at Career Zoo in Dublin, Python Ireland treasurer Vicky Twomey-Lee spoke to about the different options out there for tomorrow’s programmers.

Indeed software enthusiasts flocked to Dublin’s Convention Centre last weekend for Career Zoo, with the new dedicated programmer area offering advice to those looking to get into coding of any variety. Numerous peer groups were present to lend some advice.

Programming languages such as Python, Java, Clojure, Ruby, .NET, F# and C++ were represented, with groups such as Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland, Clojure Ireland and Dublin R – covering open data – there to guide people in the right direction.

“We’re trying to represent our grassroots community,” said Twomey-Lee.

“We want to show that there is a whole user group out there. It’s a great way to network and find like-minded people. For us in Python Ireland it’s how we started. We looked for people with similar interests.”

Graduates need to show their interest in side projects, Twomey-Lee said, with this enthusiasm often key to gaining employment once you finish your college course.

“That shows outside interest, as opposed to just theory from colleges. I would love to see more colleges teach students and encourage them to pursue technologies that are quite new and not be afraid to try them out. Not just stick to the main staple in recent years, like Java.”

Gordon Hunt
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Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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