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Spotlight 58: meet Rayta van Rijswijk!

In this weeks spotlight I’m introducing you to Rayta van Rijswijk! Rayta is part of the Codaisseur team, Codaisseur organizes Development Bootcamps to get more people into programming. I love to highlight some create initiatives around the world, and I think Codaisseur is one of them. Rayta is also co-organizer of TEDxAmsterdam Women and a sports addict :-) Want to know more about Rayta? Don’t stop reading!

 

Name: Rayta van Rijswijk
Job: Sales en Marketing
Favorite website, app or gadget: we all work with Asana at Codaisseur so it’s definitely my most visited site, Slack is my favorite app and my iPhone is not just my favorite gadget, but almost like an extra limb…
Favorite book: I don’t have just one favorite book, I have favorite writers like James Patterson, Harlan Coben (thrillers), John Boyne, Isabel Allende, Paolo Coelho.
Twitter: @raytalks
Site: www.codaisseur.com

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in IT (or to start organising Tech Workshops/Events)?Summer 2015 I attended Codaisseurs very first Development Bootcamp in Amsterdam. I stuck with them ever since. Last January I organized a Taste of Code event and the second one just recently in April. It’s a free event (in English) and everyone can sign up, no coding experience needed. During this event we build an online game and by doing so we introduce coding in a fun way to everyone interested!

 

What does your working day look like?
Twice a week I go to the gym early (7:30u/8:00h) before I go to work. When I arrive at the office at WeWork, our students are already set to get coding. Classes starts at 9:30h till 18:00h and are taught by our very talented teachers. During the day I’m responsible for the Marketing and Sales and I help our students in landing a job as a junior web developer.

 

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
I’ve co-organized the 5th jubilee event of TEDxAmsterdam Women last year. It’s very inspiring to work in a team with such motivated, passionate people! The event was a great success and hopefully we will achieve the same results this year! Our next event will be held on 28th of October. You can already signup as an attendee: www.tedxwomenamsterdam.nl

Can you tell us more about Codaisseur in particular?
Codaisseur is more than your average coding school. We are filling the gap between companies and developers. The challenge companies face these days, is hiring junior developers with the right skills that match the technical requirements of the company. At Codaisseur we have done most of the work since we personally select our juniors to-be on (soft) skills and personality. After their graduation, our juniors have a solid base in frontend and backend and combined with their soft skills, they are very desirable as a developer. We help our students start an exciting new career as a junior software engineer and we fuel the tech industry by releasing our juniors into the world and help companies grow by training/developing their talent (our students).

And…we value diversity! Half of our students are women! We need more women in Tech.

Do you have a hero, or someone who inspires you?
I get inspired when I’m surrounded by people who love what they do and are passionate about it. I learn from them and they give me energy to move on.

 

Why do you love working in  IT/Tech?

It’s the future!! Our world runs on tech. It evolves so rapidly! Todays coolest invention is a dinosaur by tomorrow. I’m a very curious person, so I’d like to know what the future brings, hence my love for tech :)

 

Do you have a degree in IT? If so, what taught you the most? And if not, did you miss some important knowledge?
Last summer I attended Codaisseur’s very first Development Bootcamp. I learned the basics of programming (HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails, OOP) I learned to think differently, experienced frustrations and ‘Aha’ moments, but I also learned that this is all part of coding :) Most fun part is that we’re building a community, so whenever you get ‘stuck’ or your code is broken our fellow students, graduates, coaches and teachers help you out! Some of them just love to hang around and work at our office. We love that!

 

What would be your advice to everyone who is interested in a career in tech? (or learning to code?)
Just do it. Coding is fun! How? If you really consider a career in tech or making that career switch, you should try our Traineeship. We will turn you into a web Developer in 7 weeks! If you just want that coding skill, join our Development Bootcamp. One week of immersive training to take your career to the next level.

 

Extra question from Stephanie: What is your favorite subject outside of computer science?SPORTS!!!!! I’m a gym addict :D