I’ve been a software engineer for the last 15 months (for more on my experience on the Guardian’s Digital Fellowship, see here).

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I’ve been failing a lot recently

Sometimes failing quietly and sometimes failing in very public ways at work.

I recently had my first incident retro where my actions caused the incident (an incident retro…

for new developers who might be interested in applying

A number of software engineers have reached out to me who are interested in joining the Guardian. I thought it might be helpful to write my answers down so that everyone who is interested can benefit from them.

I spoke at ffconf 2019 about my experience being self-taught. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvgGcXuvLPs

The Guardian’s digital fellowship is an annual programme open to people early…

The power of being on your period

I just finished reading Maisie Hill’s Period Power. Wow! What a read! Maisie completely enlightened me about the power of understanding our own unique menstrual cycles. I now have a basic awareness of the four seasons of the cycle and the super powers they bring.

I’ve been working full time…

Junior software engineers from under-represented groups should feel ok focusing on their technical work.

I recently got my first software engineering job. As someone from an under-represented group in tech, I’m constantly reminded of the inequalities in access to the web development industry. …

No, you’re not starting from square one!

So, you’ve started learning one programming language, maybe Ruby, JavaScript or Python and now you would like to move onto your second. There are lots of reasons you might want to do this.

Maybe there is a job or a bootcamp you would like to apply for and you need…

The experience of a junior developer

What is the Guardian’s Digital Fellowship?

The fellowship is for budding software engineers who are looking for an entry level position. It’s open to people who have taught themselves how to code, have done a bootcamp or have any other route into tech.

Me with my staff badge yo!

It’s a competitive scheme and not surprisingly given so few companies offer such…

After about 9 months teaching myself how to code, I have accepted an offer with the Guardian Newspaper to join their Digital Fellowship programme as an Associate Software Engineer.

In this article, I want to support readers who are already teaching themselves how to code or are considering it.


In this article, I give my advice to senior developers seeking to learn how to mentor more junior developers.

Thank you Brighton Ruby for inspiring this article!❤️❤️❤️

There are lots of senior developers out there who wonder what to do with their career after many years of experience.

They could…

What I learnt from speaking at the Hamburg Ruby unconference

My first speaking appearance at a tech conference! Thank you Hamburg Ruby!

In May 2019 I spoke at my first tech conference. It was an unconference where attendees are able to propose talks at the beginning of the day and then all attendees vote to decide who they want to hear.


Yesterday I had my first very public break-down during a coding workshop. In this article I want to discuss why I broke down and what you and I dear reader can both learn from this.

Burnout is real. Even for those at the earliest stages of their coding journey.

As a background, 6 months ago I started teaching myself how to code (for more…

Amina Adewusi

Junior developer

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