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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

How a Developer Advocate Uses Data | Ceora Ford

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

The goal of this podcast is to highlight unique data jobs and help people learn about the skills required for data professionals.


Ceora's role as a Developer Advocate showcases the significant data-related elements within her career. Through her advocacy work, she emphasizes the adoption of data-driven solutions, the integration of data in development processes, and collaboration between developers and data professionals. As the importance of data continues to grow, understanding the data-related aspects of a Developer Advocate's role becomes increasingly crucial for organizations seeking to harness the power of data-driven innovation.


In this episode, Ceora shares her fascinating career journey into the tech industry starting with the onset of the pandemic, where she transitioned from freelance digital marketing to exploring her interest in tech and coding. She enrolled in a program for cloud DevOps engineering, despite not having a technical background, and began learning Python and AWS. As her knowledge expanded, Ceora started taking part in events, podcasts, and panels, quickly gaining exposure and opportunities. She landed her first job as a technical writer and while she enjoyed the position, she eventually decided to explore a career as a developer advocate. Check out these nourished nuggets! 🍗🍗


Cultivate a Network:

Building a strong professional network has been instrumental in Ceora's journey. She values meaningful connections with like-minded individuals, mentors, and industry experts. By engaging in conversations, attending events, and leveraging social media, she expands her network and creates valuable relationships.


Prioritize Continuous Learning:

Ceora recognizes the importance of investing in knowledge and skills to stay relevant. She seeks out learning opportunities, whether through formal education, online courses, or industry certifications. Ceora's curiosity and openness to learning enable her to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing work environment.


Embrace Change and Adaptability:

As a Developer Advocate, Ceora embraces change and new technologies. She understands that being flexible and open-minded are essential for success. Ceora is always willing to step out of her comfort zone, embracing new industry trends and ways of working.


Embrace Diversity and Inclusion:

Ceora is a firm advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She embraces diverse perspectives, treats others with respect, and actively fosters an inclusive environment. By valuing diversity, Ceora not only promotes innovation but also enriches her own professional experience.


Practice Work-Life Balance:

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a top priority for Ceora. She understands the importance of self-care, setting boundaries, and achieving harmony between work and personal life. Ceora firmly believes that a sustainable career is built on taking care of oneself.


Imposter Syndrome:

Imposter syndrome is a prevalent experience where individuals doubt their skills, qualifications, and worthiness of opportunities presented to them. It manifests as a voice telling you that you're not qualified or deserving of success. Rather than trying to eliminate imposter syndrome altogether, Ceora believes in focusing on accepting its presence and working on ignoring its influence. Recognize that the voice of self-doubt may always be there but choose to act anyway.


Embracing Growth:

Ceora highlights the importance of embracing personal growth and pushing past self-imposed limitations. Even when faced with job qualifications that seem out of reach, seize the opportunity and apply anyway. Embrace learning opportunities, writing articles, speaking at conferences, or engaging in meetups, regardless of the doubts that may arise.


To connect with Ceora Ford and learn more, you can find her on LinkedIn, Twitter: @ceeoreo_ and her website: https://ceora.dev/ where she shares valuable content, blogs, and talks.


Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome in your career? If so, how did you overcome it or cope with it?

 
Thank you for reading, Thank you for supporting

and as always,
Happy Learning!!


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