Intro to Email at Turing

Email is a common communication tool across organizations for team-wide communications and communications with external partners, such as clients (people/companies you are writing code for) or vendors (companies that provide a service that you use).

At Turing, you will typically use…

  • Slack for internal communications, such as collaborating with teammates, getting schoolwide updates, and communicating with your instructors
  • Email for external communications, such as networking, internship/job applications, outreach to employers, etc.

Choosing an Email Address

We recommend using/creating a Google Mail address and using that for your external communications

Your email address should:

  • Be appropriate / pass the MeeMaw test
  • Have some portion of your name

You should have a clear, email signature that includes:

  • Your name
  • Your preferred contact information
  • Links to your relevant sites (LinkedIn, Github, etc.)

Email Signatures

Your email signature should include:

  • Your name
  • Your pronouns
  • Best phone number to reach you at
  • Links to your professional social pages (LinkedIn, Github, etc.)
  • We will cover these later in the program!

Your email signature should NOT include:

  • Your favorite quote
  • Multiple colors or different fonts
  • An image as your email signature

A Note About Your Email

As a student at Turing, you have access to a email for 2 years! This email can/should be used for obtaining student discounts on various sites

This email should NOT be used for:

  • External communication with employers or networking opportunities
  • Being your main email address - it will expire in 2 years

Professional Email Habits in M0 + Beyond

We will be diving into more detail how to approach email as a professional, but in the meantime here are some suggestions for M0 and beyond.

  • Assume that all written communication (Slack, email, etc.) can be viewed by someone else - be wary of writing something down that you’ll later regret
  • Commit to checking your email at a set cadence per day and carving out time to respond to pertinent requests
    • Example: Check email before starting the day, check towards the end of the day to determine if you need to address anything before wrapping up/starting the next day

Email Review Jam

Take a look at the email example below. In small groups, be sure to answer:

  • What are some things that stand out about this email?
  • What could be improved or adjusted?


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