# z-code-hangout: Group study sessions for continuous learning and professional development. #MercariDays
Disclamer：This interview has been conducted online, all Mercari employees are now working from home as stated in our CEO message regarding COVID-19.
Keep learning new things is essential to growing as a professional and as a person. However, on a busy work schedule, it’s easy to focus on letting our daily tasks be done and forget to dedicate time to improve ourselves. This is where committing time of our schedule and having discipline with priorities and frequency of our studies becomes important.
Acknowledging that, Tutti Quintella (@tuttiq), a former engineer and Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, created the group #z-code-hangout as part of a company club activity in February 2019 with the purpose of offering a space for all those who want to learn about programming and improve their skills learning something new. We talked with Tutti about her motivations to start this study group and the response so far.
The sessions are open to everyone, engineers, and non-engineers. While for complete beginners in programming it may be difficult to start without any guidance, having a variety of backgrounds and levels in the study group is beneficial because participants can learn from each other and also make the best of existing skills by mentoring someone else.
By having regular study sessions, the participants are able to commit some hours of their week for professional development, and instead of doing it completely alone, which can be harder, it is as part of a support group. While the sessions in principle are for self-study and each participant decides what to work on, the channel offers a place for communication and interaction between participants, sharing what they are working on, what they want to learn, asking questions and exchanging resources.
Su Gi (@Su Gi) is an Engineer in the US@Tokyo team and also one of the members of the study sessions. She is a very enthusiastic learner constantly looking for opportunities to improve her skills. We talked with her about her experience:
The study sessions were organized weekly in the office between 5:30 to 8:30 pm. However, since we started to work from home in March, now the sessions are held online every two weeks using hangouts.
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