WHY WE EXIST

Bootcamps are a popular option for women desiring to break into tech. However, given the increasing costs of bootcamp, and the plethora of free/inexpensive learning material on the internet, several aspiring techies are opting for the self-taught route. Yet many are missing the mentorship, guidance & accountability that comes with the bootcamp experience.

That’s where we come in. . .

Our Mission

To provide driven, self-starting women who are breaking into a tech career with:

1. Structured informational & practical tech-related sessions, led by cohort mentors or guest tech professionals.
2. Regular guidance, accountability & support from cohort mentors.
3. A community of like-minded, ambitious career-changers, for mutual encouragement and information-sharing.

 

We are especially committed to increasing the numbers, diversity and inclusion of women in the tech industry.

BEHIND OUR TIME FOR TECH

If you had told me that I would successfully break into a career in Tech, I’d have called you mad! For much of my 30s, I worked part-time as a WordPress consultant so I could stay home with my son. Right after having my daughter, I decided to enroll in a coding bootcamp, and found one that cost $6,000 (small change, compared to bootcamp tuition now). I landed my first role as a Software Engineer six months after graduating.


Arit Amana

Founder; SoftwareDev Mentor

Job: Software Engineer

Uto Ifudu

CyberSec Mentor

Job: CyberSecurity Manager

Nora Galabe

Cohort Coordinator

Job: App Support Analyst

PROGRAM DETAILS

Every 2 weeks (for approximately five months), our cohorts meet online for activities aimed at increasing technical knowledge, refining learning strategies and/or improving job-hunt readiness.

Our mentees also check-in weekly with their cohort mentor, sharing their accomplishments or any challenges they may be experiencing.

We support women breaking into Tech who are:

Self-teaching using online courses, or prepping for industry certifications
Dissatisfied with the mentorship at their bootcamp/program
Applying to tech jobs and need support
Ready to be held accountable to their tech-career goals

Technical Demos & Practice

Project & Portfolio Critiques

Certification Prep Support

Networking Strategies

Mock Interviewing

Job-Search Strategies

Expert Q&As

Accountability

WHAT WE ARE NOT

A Bootcamp

We do not follow a formal learning curriculum (most of which include assessments, quizzes, exams and/or capstone projects). Rather, we provide regular support, feedback and accountability to women who are already following a course of their choice.

A Career Accelerator

While we do support our mentees who are job-searching, we do not generate leads to job positions, or guarantee any outcomes related to finding a job, like most career accelerators do.

A Remote Tech Project

Some programs pair a group of aspiring techies with a senior tech professional to work on a project from start to end. Our program does not focus on one particular project; our mentors deliver regular group-based sessions aimed at helping our mentees reach their career goals.

APPLYING TO OUR TIME FOR TECH

Enrollment is currently closed, but join our waitlist to be alerted when we are accepting applications again during our beta-launch. We offer two cohort types: Software Development and CyberSecurity Analysis. The enrollment fee is $99 (one-time payment) and is due only if accepted into our program. Scholarships may be available.

 

The successful applicant will demonstrate that they are:

Available

The strength of Our Time For Tech lies in our regular online meetings and mentor check-ins. Mentees are expected to participate in all scheduled cohort sessions and check-in with their mentor as required.

Focused

Mentees must be ready to develop and be accountable for several milestones related to their unique tech career goals, and take strong initiative to learn & grow during the program.

Committed

Break-into-tech success stories out there may imply that such career transitions are easy. We seek mentees who understand that the process of breaking into Tech can be slow, challenging and even demoralizing.

Nonprofit Status

"Our Time For Tech" is registered as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Virginia.
Our application for 501(c)(3) status is currently pending with the IRS. Until our 501(c)(3) designation is granted, donations to Our Time For Tech are not considered tax-deductible; once 501(c)(3) is granted, all donations already made will be retroactively tax-deductible. Please refer to this page on the IRS website for more information.
Donors may request our Employee Identification Number (EIN) at any time.

Contact Info

1602 Belle Vista Blvd #3134
Alexandria, VA 22307

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