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  • 🎙 About the episode


    Meet Shannon Brown 🇺🇸! Shannon is an experienced tech recruiter, and in this interview, she will teach you how to get your foot in the door even if you're coming from an unconventional background. A good recruiter should know how to recognize an overlap between your skills and job requirements, but there are also things you can do to make your application stand out.

    In this episode, we're talking about the dreaded ATS, the importance of storytelling, and cover letters (which might not be as important as you'd think... unless they're required)! You will learn how recruiters operate and what they're looking for, and why both recruiters and job applicants should be in it for the long game. You'll also find out when is the right time to apply for a job and how to troubleshoot an unsuccessful application. Plus: photos on CVs, font preferences, free resume reviews, and tough coffees.


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    🐦 Twitter👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn

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    Meet Kynnedy 🇺🇸! She recently made history as the first student who found a job through Scrimba's Discord! She originally wanted to be an air traffic controller, but ended up working in hospitality. After she became a mom, Kynnedy decided on a career change. And she succeeded! 🎉

    In this episode, you'll get handy tips on how to learn better and make whatever you're learning stick. Kynnedy shares what she did right, but also what she did wrong, as well as her approach to creating a more memorable developer portfolio. You'll hear her story about learning enough about front-end development to go from zero to becoming a code reviewer on Scrimba in only a few months. Plus: how to know you're ready to apply for jobs, and how how to code with a baby. :)


    🔗 Connect with Kynnedy

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    How Kynnedy got into coding (02:00)Bootcamp vs a self-directed route (04:03)Learning to code while being a new parent (04:57)Kynnedy's path and learning style with Scrimba (05:49)Dealing with self-doubt when learning to code (06:58)How to choose projects for you developer portfolio? (09:38)How Kynnedy knew she was ready to start applying for jobs (14:22)How Kynnedy put herself out there... and got no results (14:57)Getting an interview through Scrimba's discord (16:00)Kynnedy as a code reviewer on Scrimba (17:42)Kynnedy's interview process (19:50)Coding advice for younger Kynnedy (25:48)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Scrimba's Front End Career PathGary Simon on YouTubeBuild and deploy your portfolio with Kevin Powell

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  • 🎙 About the episode


    Meet Kevin Powell 🇨🇦! Kevin is a CSS Evangelist and educator. He makes weekly YouTube videos, streams on twitch, writes articles, and teaches courses. His mission is to show new developers that CSS is fun and teach them how it works... and why it works the way it does.

    In this episode, you'll learn how not to get frustrated with CSS, how to debug it, why people struggle with it, and how come we might never see a launch of CSS 4. Kevin also explains why different browsers render CSS differently and how much should you actually care about that. Alex and Kevin also discuss how the web gets made behind the scenes and how you can join the conversation and suggest the features you'd like to see in certain technologies. Plus: Bad design trends, tools and plugins, CSS memes, and tabs vs spaces.


    🔗 Connect with Kevin

    📹 YouTube🐦 Twitter🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub

    ⏰ Timestamps

    How Kevin found himself in the world of web design (01:28)Can a new developer focus solely on CSS? (04:26)What is a CSS Evangelist? (07:12)Why do people struggle with CSS? (09:04)Why CSS works the way it does (12:15)CSS tools you should use (14:12)CSS extensions for your editor (16:14)The learning curve of CSS and the importance of experience 18:04Why different browsers render CSS differently (and why it sometimes doesn't work) (21:18)Progressive enhancement and accessibility (25:53)The history of CSS (29:21)Will there ever be a CSS4? (33:11)How to stay in the loop and join the conversation around features (35:18)Quick-fire questions (37:33)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Kevin's courses on ScrimbaMiriam SuzanneAdam ArgyleModern CSS

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  • 🎙 About the episode


    Meet Anthony 🇳🇱! Anthony worked as a Guest Experience Teamleader at the Sea Life aquarium in Scheveningen, where he got his feet wet in the world of the web by helping set up and manage the aquarium's new website. Web development enticed him with its unlimited possibilities and he quickly realized he wanted to do it as a job.

    In this episode, you'll learn why to set goals, why deadlines are important, how to use the Pareto principle, and how to create consistency in your learning. Anthony also shares his tips for crafting a resume (very important if you're switching careers!) and choosing your portfolio projects.


    🔗 Connect with Anthony

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🤖 Ant Casson#2260 on the Scrimba Discord

    ⏰ Timestamps

    How Anthony got started with web development (01:32)How Anthony switched careers in a year (03:36)Keeping a consistent schedule (04:44)How Scrimba provided Anthony with structure (06:48)Anthony's strategy for getting his first junior developer job (11:18) Putting effort into applications (13:09)How many emails should you send? (14:24)Getting a job within ten minutes from an interview! (16:11)Negotiating an offer when changing careers (19:57)The importance of setting a goal (22:43)The Pareto Principle (23:58)Learning on YouTube, or from documentation (26:05)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Scrimba's Front End Career PathThe new React DocsMDN Web Docs


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  • Meet Austin Henline 🇺🇸! Austin works at LinkedIn and has reviewed more than 1200 LinkedIn profiles. In this episode, Austin teaches you how to make your LinkedIn profile discoverable to companies.

    🔗 Connect with Austin

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Coming soon...

    🧰 Resources mentioned

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  • 🎙 About the episode


    Meet Jefferson Tang 🇦🇺! Being a doctor is one of the most prestigious jobs out there, but Jefferson's coding itch would not go away! Enoramoured with web3 and the unlimited possibilities, Jefferson learned to code using a Web3 Bootcamp and Scrimba's Frontend Developer Career path. Now he works as a full-time developer at a Decentralised finance start-up! In this episode, Alex and Jefferson discuss the challenges of changing careers after 7 years of study. Other topics include staying motivated when learning to code and what Jefferson wished he knew at the beginning that would help him now.


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    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter🤖 jefferson#8477 on the Scrimba Discord


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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Meet Ian Douglas 🇺🇸🇨🇦! Ian has been in the industry for 26 years and in this episode, imparts his wisdom about how stand out then succeed at technical interviews to you.

    🔗 Connect with Ian

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Removing the stigma from the interview process (01:39)Why technical interviews are kinda broken (3:16)What the heck does culture fit even mean? (08:57)How to answer “What is your biggest weakness?” in an interview (14:04)More on culture fit (16:08)The truth behind why companies hide salaries in job descriptions (18:52)Your previous salary has nothing to do with your new one (20:50)Ian’s experience interviewing at 27 companies (23:28)How to increase your callback % when applying to jobs, even if you don’t have much experience yet (27:39)Ian’s LinkedIn #drama (31:15)Rejection isn’t personal and you never know what’s happening internally (36:42)It all works out in the end (39:15)How to practice your interview skills in the real world (40:49)Get your foot in the door and the rest will follow (43:14)How much loyalty should you have to a company? (46:06)How Ian botched an interview at Twilio (46:29)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Ian’s website, Techinterview.guideRezi.ai

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  • Meet Ineza Bonté 🇨🇦🇷🇼! After completing #100DaysOfCode and building a beautiful portfolio, Ineza got his foot in the door by recording a charming "why you should hire me" video. As you might expect, it wasn't all smooth sailing. Ineza struggled with rejection in the early days but his persistence paid off when he was finally hired as a Junior Developer. In this episode, you'll learn exactly how he did!

    🔗 Connect with Ineza

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter🤖 inezabonte#6980 on the Scrimba Discord

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (00:00)How Ineza got into coding (01:47)Do you need to do #100DaysOfCode in a row? (04:54)Learning how to learn (06:22)Deciding what projects to build (07:46)Why Ineza prioritised building a portfolio and how it helped him (10:20)Ineza's approach to finding a Junior Developer job (11:44)Why this company chose Ineza (14:13)What the interview process looked like (16:31)Challenges Ineza faced you might be facing too (18:57)Ineza's advice to aspiring Junior Developers (20:17)The importance of community when learning to code (21:59)

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  • Meet Scott Hanselman 🇺🇸! Scott has been coding for 30 years, blogging for 20, and podcasting for 16. He helps new developers learn to code and find success in their tech career so they, too, can have long and happy tech careers. In this episode, Scott reflects on his career to share the most important things you should know as an aspiring junior. We discuss if you need to know algorithms and data structures to be successful and explore some interesting ideas around systems thinking and toast!

    🔗 Follow Scott

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Becoming an “old” programmer (02:21)How fast does do tools and technology move? (03:56)Upcoming technology to keep an eye on (08:25)Why coding is just like LEGO (10:17)Responsible AI and Alexa (16:39)Learning to code and social mobility (21:19)Systems thinking and burnt bread 🍞 (22:51)How deep down the technology stack should you go? (25:19)What you should know to be a successful junior (33:12)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Everything's broken and nobody's upset by Scott

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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Meet Buse Hizarci 🇹🇷🇬🇧! She just got her first Junior Developer role in London. It’s one of the most competitive tech cities in the world, yet the recruiter came to her through LinkedIn. As an extroverted economics graduate, Buse wasn’t sure if coding was for her. After 5 unsuccessful interviews (and one shockingly rude interview experience, which you’ll hear about towards the end of the episode!), she eventually found success at a well-known company in the UK called Vision Direct. In this episode, you’ll learn how Buse utilised LinkedIn to find success and how she wowed her employers with the take-home task..

    🔗 Connect with Buse

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub📝Medium🤖 Bhz#2497 on the Scrimba Discord

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)From economics graduate to developer (01:35)Why learning web development is great if you want a job (03:43)How to make what you learn stick with projects (04:30)Building confidence through early job interviews (06:42)Buse’s best interview advice (08:17)Working as a contractor for experience before finding full-time work (10:32)A recruiter reached out to Buse! (12:02)The take-home task that got Buse the job (12:44)Day in the life of a newly-hired junior web developer (14:19)Kill your ego (15:24)Don’t compare your real life to other people’s highlight reel (15:50)What Buse wish she knew at the beginning (16:18)Overcoming stress and anxiety (17:17)What’s next for Buse (18:35)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Reach out to Recruiters on LinkedIn (as a Developer)

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  • Meet Gregory Witek 🇳🇱! Greg is an experienced developer and engineering manager currently working at Booking.com. There, he made an alarming observation: While the industry is going nuts for experienced Senior developers, it would seem no one is really hiring junior developers. Why?


    In this episode, we explore the state of the junior developer job market and how you can maximise your chance for success. Don't worry! Becoming a Junior developer was always going to be tough. Gregory maintains there's room for everyone in this industry and even shares what he would specifically do with the benefit of all his experience breaking into tech and now hiring developers.

    🔗 Connect with Gregory

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter


    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (00:00)Becoming an engineering manager (01:24)Why nobody hires juniors anymore (02:20)The tragedy of commons (04:37)Companies who only hire mid-level developers cause problems (08:37)Changing jobs normally yields the most profitable salary bump (11:02)Don't we need more juniors to satisfy the demand for online software and services created during the pandemic? (12:14)Juniors are needed but not right now it seems (14:57)Onboarding junior developers remotely is hard (16:56)You can still find success! (19:07)Companies where you'll have the best chance of success as a junior (19:54)How Gregory found his first tech job (22:58)Even if you lack experience you can contribute to experience or volunteer (24:12)If you don't have a job your job is finding a job (25:25)How to know if you're ready to apply for jobs (26:53)Always ask for feedback and don't be afraid to apply again (28:40)How to impress Gregory as a candidate (30:02)How much time to engineering managers spend per resume or application? (31:45)What Alex learned about finding work from Tinder (33:11)What motivates Gregory to help? (36:12)


    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Why nobody hires junior developers and what happens next by GregoryGitLab Handbook

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  • Meet Robert Corrado 🇺🇸! Rob tried to become a coder several times, but as a business owner and Dad, it was hard to carve out time and really make it stick! It was during the pandemic, Robert realized his opportunity to double down on his passion and finally learn to code with Scrimba. As his confidence in JavaScript grew, he started to apply for jobs and sending out feelers. In this episode, you'll learn from Rob's experience doing several coding interviews and how he finally found success!

    🔗 Connect with Robert

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter🤖 RobbyCors#0066 on the Scrimba Discord

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)From business owner to coder (01:45)Deciding to finally go for it (04:01)Learning Spanish vs. learning JavaScript (05:01)Robert’s greatest challenges and how he overcame them (06:37)Employers don’t want someone who only knows HTML and CSS? (08:33)As a Junior, you can do the task, you just need a bit more time (10:11)Learning to code and career a little later in life and with kids (11:07)What Rob learned from his unsuccessful interviews (13:18)Self-confidence and the job search (15:54)How Rob got 8 job interviews (17:18)How Rob got his first Junior developer job (18:48)

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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Meet Mike Karan 🇨🇦! Mike is a successful web development business owner and a co-host of the HTML All The Things podcast. His podcast and social media platforms have had tremendous growth in 2021, but Mike explains it's not all about the stats: it's about creating value and connecting with people.

    In this episode, we're talking roadmaps! If you're learning to code, it's easier to follow a roadmap that somebody else has made. But, that can also be tricky: it's not always clear when to branch out or move on to another part of a roadmap. You'll learn how to recognize these opportunities, how to figure out if you should quit learning something, and why you should only focus on one framework at a time. Plus, there's a rant about regex.

    🔗 Connect with Mike

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Mike's podcast and Twitter growth (02:00)How Mike chose the front-end developer career path (07:08)Step by step guide for learning to become a front-end developer (09:08)What can you achieve with just HTML and CSS? When is the right time to learn JavaScript? (14:00)How should you look at a roadmap? (17:49)Figure out what you hate! (18:48)How to know you've given something enough of a try? (21:34)When to monetize your skills? (24:51)On roadmaps and choosing the right framework (27:21)What does a junior developer have to know? (33:47)Apply your knowledge! (36:45)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    HTML All The Things web developer roadmapJunior web developer checklistMike's podcast

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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Meet Stefi Rosca 🇷🇴🇪🇸. Stefi worked as a marketer but couldn't ignore her passion for tech anymore! Using Scrimba and other resources, Stefi learned to code online and now works at Adevinta - a company almost everyone in Spain knows. Believe it or not, when she first applied, they ignored her! It was only through her perseverance (following up and connecting with people in the company) that Stefi earned this prestigious opportunity. In this episode, you'll learn how meetups gave Stefi the connections and confidence she needed to find success.

    🔗 Connect with Stefi

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Stefi’s experience doing a mock React interview with Scrimba (01:30)Transitioning from marketing to development (02:46)Working at a company all your friends and family recognise 🤩 (06:41)Recurse center (07:34)Code Bar (09:51)How meetups impacted Stefi’s career success (12:29)Navigating meetups as an introvert (13:45)Challenges transitioning from marketing to coding (15:14)How to market yourself as a developer, according to a developer (20:04)Stefi’s EPIC story about how she got a job at Adevinta (25:49)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Stefi’s mock React interview with ScrimbaRecurse centerCode Bar
  • 🎙 About the episode

    Meet Ben Hong 🇺🇸! Ben is a Senior Staff Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify, Vue Core Team member, Google Developer Expert, and teacher. After studying psychology at school, Ben picked up programming in his own time, making him one of the most successful self-taught programmers on the podcast to date! He joins us to share his best advice about learning to code and the many career benefits of getting involved with open source.

    🔗 Connect with Ben

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Ben’s transition from psychology to programming (01:06)Developer experience and why it matters more than you think (04:26)Developer experience as a profession (05:25)Ben is part of the Vue core team (07:08)How Ben got involved in one of the biggest JavaScript open source projects in the world (07:53)How to start with open source yourself (10:38)Why Ben works so hard (16:21)Passion vs. discipline as a profesional (18:36)How Vue compares to React and other front-end tech (20:56)Should you abandon React to learn Vue?? (23:27)Ben’s best advice for anyone learning to code (25:27)Quick-fire questions (29:36)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Vue MasteryComputed properties in VueWatch Ben code on TwitchLearn to take notes in Obsidian with Ben

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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Meet Joshua Smith 🇦🇺! While working full-time as a property manager, Joshua made time after work to learn to code on Scrimba. After just 10 months and, in part, thanks to a referral, Josh was recently hired as a junior web developer 🎉! In this episode, you’ll see how networking and referals don’t have to be complicated. In Josh’s case, he proved his skills to a friend who then vouched for him. From here, it was still up to Josh to crack the coding interview and take-home task.

    🔗 Connect with GUEST

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter🤖 jshsmth.eth#7668 on the Scrimba Discord

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Why Josh is participating in a bootcamp even though he has a job (02:56)How bootcamps compare to Scrimba (04:06)A day in the life of a newly-hired junior dev (07:31)How Josh found success by securing a referral (09:24)What the interview process looked like for Josh (11:02)Josh got the job in around 10 months 🎉(12:12)Josh’s advice for anyone else learning to code (14:28)Josh found success quicker than he was planning - does he regret not applying sooner? (16:36)A job is the ultimate learning environment (19:03)Challenges learning to code alongside a full-time job (19:48)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Josh’s Rick and Morty websiteLearn React on Scrimba

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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Jason has been recruiting and supporting Junior Developers for more than a decade! He joins us to share his inspiring story breaking into tech after sustaining a head injury, and what he’s learned about how to find success as a Junior without a degree along the way.

    🔗 Connect with Jason

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)How a head injury at 16 influenced Jason’s career path (01:27)Interns vs. juniors (05:07)Job titles matter, but not for the reasons you might think (08:04)Are there more juniors than junior jobs? (10:35)Why recruiters sometimes get it wrong and what that means for you, the candidate (11:38)The job description is not a list of hard requirements (15:44)How to improve your self-awareness (19:05)Coding vs. programming and why it matters (22:04)Justin’s favourite question to ask during interviews: What games do you play? (23:40)Are you born or made a programmer? (24:56)Tech is vast and has many career paths to offer (27:26)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Tell Alex from Scrimba @bookercodes what you thought of the episodeRead Jason’s fantastic advice on dev.to

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  • 🎙 About the episode

    Anna is well-regarded as the Opera singer who turned into a Developer! Before serenading the masses, Anna was a marketer and code-tinkerer. This concoction of marketing know-how, work experience, and an inclination to solve problems enabled Anna to find work as a Junior Developer in the wake of the pandemic in record time. Aside from working full-time, Anna also coaches Junior Developers on her YouTube channel, Twitter, and around the web. In this episode, we peel back the curtain to learn Anna’s streamlined advice for new programmers looking to find their success as a Junior.

    🔗 Connect with Anna

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter📹 YouTube

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)From opera singer to developer (01:01)How long does it take to become a developer? (03:36)Born programmer vs. made programmer (07:23)9 Belbin Team Roles (12:32)Coding in a team and how it differs from solo work (13:30)Answering “what is your biggest weakness?” (16:02)Remember: Rejection is redirection (17:08)How Anna found success as a Junior quicker than she anticipated (18:51)Pitching yourself like a pro (23:46)It’s not enough to be the best coder, sorry! (28:17)Dissecting Anna’s winning video (29:44)Quick-fire questions (30:28)

    🧰 Resources mentioned

    Anna’s iconic Tweet and videoHow to build a programming career book by Anna9 Belbin roles

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  • 🎙 About the episode


    Meet Fredrik Ridderfalk from Sweden 🇸🇪! He went from not knowing any code to landing a Junior Developer role in just 3 months! Having studied before, Fredrik knew exactly how to structure his learning on Scrimba so that it worked best for him. Thanks to trying some other jobs in the past, he also had a good idea of how to crack the coding interview. In this episode, Fredrik imparts the knowledge that got him hired in record time to YOU.

    🔗 Connect with Fredrik Ridderfalk

    👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website👩‍🚀 GitHub🐦 Twitter🤖 Deepity#4791 on the Scrimba Discord

    ⏰ Timestamps

    Introduction (0:00)Creating your own Junior Developer roadmap (03:37)How Fredrik became job-ready in 3 months (06:13)How to remember what you learn better (08:08)Applying to 600 jobs (11:01)Remember: A job ad is a wish list not a must-have list (12:48)Accidentally being interviewed for Senior roles (14:18)Fredrik lost faith in tailoring cover letters to the job - is it really necessary? (15:35)Building original projects to stand out (17:18)Expanding on Scrimba Career Path projects (20:49)What the interview process looked like specifically (24:15)What does a Junior Developer do now they’re hired? (26:42)Getting paid to learn (28:22)

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