Get the latest market trends in your inbox

Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with the Axios Markets newsletter. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Denver news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Des Moines news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Minneapolis-St. Paul news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Minneapolis-St. Paul

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tampa-St. Petersburg news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa-St. Petersburg

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Photo courtesy Alicia Waide, Photo illustration: Axios Visuals

Alicia Waide was two decades out of college when she started thinking about a tech job. She'd worked at Procter & Gamble for three years, then as a biology teacher in Baltimore high schools for another 16.

  • She often brought tech workers into her classroom to inspire students — and eventually fell under the spell herself. She was looking for a job that would let her spend more time with her family and pay better than teaching.
  • One speaker told her about an online assessment from a company called Catalyte, for people who want to get into tech but don't have a technical background.

Waide took the test in late 2017 and was accepted. The training program was hard— "unlike anything I'd ever done before," she tells Axios. She took an accelerated course: five days a week, seven hours a day, for 16 weeks.

  • She studied another two-plus hours a night, catching up to classmates with software backgrounds.
  • It proved a significant financial burden, too. "Basically, there's no salary for four or five months," Waide says. Without savings from her teaching career and support from her husband, it would have been impossible.

Waide graduated last year and is now approaching the halfway mark of her two-year apprenticeship.

  • Her salary is still low. "I'm making half of what I was making as a teacher," she says. But watching her colleagues, she's confident that will change after the apprenticeship.
  • She's on a project for a big-name consumer products company — she couldn't tell me which — creating a web application. She learned two programming languages during training, and she has picked up two more since.
  • Waide says that as an African-American woman over 35, she feels like a unicorn in the software industry. But at Catalyte, "I'm never reminded that I'm a unicorn."

"I didn't think there was a clear pathway for someone like me who's a mid-career changer," Waide tells Axios.

Go deeper

1 hour ago - Science

The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.