The managing director of redAcademy, Jessica Hawkey, is an inspiring example of someone who found her way into her passion through career and life experiences.
She started her career in financial services at State Street Poland, one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors, where she was responsible for the launch and training of the Asset Manager Services division in the country. From there she joined the Carrick group, an award-winning offshore wealth management organisation, in the position of general manager of operations.
Having realised the massive opportunity that lies in the development of software engineers, she founded redAcademy, an innovative skills- and career-development hub that aims to address two pressing challenges in South Africa: youth unemployment and the shortage of software development skills.
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1 - Where Did Your Passion For Development And Software Come From?
2 - How Has The Personal Transformation Been From Working In Financial Services To A Startup?
3 - How Does redAcademy Train Software Developers?
4 - What Are The Qualities Of An Entrepreneur?
5 - Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Understand Coding?
6 - What Are The Most Important Languages For Aspiring Software Engineers To Learn?
7 - What Are The Primary Problems In The Tech Ecosystem?
8 - How Can South African Entrepreneurs Find Local Talent?
9 - Why Is It Important To Train The Youth Of South Africa To Be Software Developers?
10 - How Does redAcademy Develop Individuals?
About This Recipe
South Africa has a staggering youth unemployment rate and a crippling shortage of skilled software developers. The solution seems obvious, but it’s taken a financial services professional to come up with a training model that addresses both challenges.
Here the MD of redAcademy reflects on her own entrepreneurship journey, as well as the reality that young people’s training needs extend beyond coding languages. She speaks passionately about the imperative of helping others to believe in themselves, and why it takes facts and figures to turn a vision into reality.
What You'll Learn
This recipe reveals Jessica Hawkey’s views on entrepreneurship, the state of the local software development industry and the origins of the training philosophy on which redAcademy is founded.
You will gain advice on how to approach a career in software development, how much tech entrepreneurs should (or should not) understand about coding, and the knock-on effects of the skills shortage in the tech industry.
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