Natalie Niehaus - SheCodes Success Story | SheCodes

Natalie Niehaus
SheCodes Graduate


Job Title
Quality Analyst Engineer at Liberty University


Location
Virginia


Nationality
American


Written by Lexi Dillon,
Edited by Lexi Dillon & Bianka Cramblit, May, 2022

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» SheCodes Success Story

Natalie

How Natalie’s SheCodes knowledge helped her land a role as a Quality Analyst Engineer

Natalie started her SheCodes journey in March 2021.

πŸ™β€β™€οΈ Before SheCodes

Natalie is a SheCoder who has made big leaps in her coding journey before even graduating from all SheCodes workshops! πŸ˜„ She’s originally from Virginia, USA, and is still living there today. She enjoys painting, sketching, reading, and writing. She also enjoys learning new skills in her free time - so it’s no surprise that she started learning how to code!

Natalie has a background in creative writing and IT support. In the past, she’s worked as an Assistant Store Manager, IT inventory specialist, and IT support specialist. Over the years, she gained some knowledge of website automation and Cyber Security. She first became interested in coding while studying Cyber Security.

β€œWhile pursuing a degree in cyber security, my classes touched on different coding languages, and that piqued my interest. I was researching coding information on YouTube and came across SheCodes.”

Natalie decided that it was the right time for her to jump into front-end development and started learning with SheCodes right away! πŸ™Œ

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Her SheCodes Experience

Natalie was motivated to join SheCodes because of the cost, flexibility, live tech support, community, and experienced instructor. πŸ’ͺ πŸ’»

"The price was amazing! I ended up purchasing Pro, and I'm glad that I did.”

β€œThe course was flexible, which I needed! I'm a mom and was working full time in another field, so the accommodating schedule meant a lot to me.”

She had tried a few other online courses in the past but wasn’t receiving as much technical help as she needed. She found that the SheCodes community offered her the support needed to dive deeper into coding.

β€œUnlike other courses, SheCodes has live assistance, interactive instruction, and group collaboration. The available assistance in the group chat kept me going when I felt overwhelmed.”

Her favorite parts of SheCodes were the final projects and community. She also supports the mission of SheCodes. πŸ’œ

”I LOVED IT. Everyone was encouraging and excited to be there, which was contagious!”

”SheCodes is doing some amazing things for women globally, and it's so exciting that I got to be a part of that! I loved that participating in a course was also helping women in developing countries to be able to do the same! I can't sing SheCodes' praises enough!”

πŸ™‹ How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

Thanks to SheCodes, Natalie was able to transition from working in an IT Helpdesk to working as a Quality Analyst Engineer! 😍 The coding knowledge she gained made her feel confident, capable, and prepared to take on the tech world! πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

β€œI had been working in an IT Helpdesk and pursuing a degree in cyber security before I discovered SheCodes. After SheCodes, I felt confident enough to attempt the next step in my career. SheCodes left me feeling more capable and prepared.”

β€œThe jobs I ended up applying for, and ultimately landing, required some knowledge of JavaScript, GitHub, and APIs, all of which SheCodes covered!”

Natalie is now working as a Quality Analyst Engineer at Liberty University and we couldn’t be prouder!! 😊 She got her new role thanks to her new knowledge of coding concepts and language introduced in SheCodes.

β€œI recently accepted a job as a quality analyst engineer πŸ™‚ I got the job based on my knowledge of JavaScript gained through SheCodes and website automation knowledge.”

"I have now been working in the field for about four months and am still in love with the job. The daily expectations keep me on my toes and encourage me to continue pushing myself! I've recently been shuffled around to more challenging teams, and the fast-paced growth has been exciting!!"


In a typical day, Natalie collaborates with developers and provides feedback after testing their code using website automation. She has many more job benefits than she had before and is loving her new position and freedom so far, along with her team! 🀩As a busy mother and wife, Natalie appreciates the flexibility of working from home, something that wasn’t possible until she gained the necessary tech skills from SheCodes. 🏑 Natalie is looking optimistically towards the future with her new career that allows her to constantly build on her coding skills and invest in her future.

β€œWith this new job, I am working from home, and the base salary was a 22% increase from my previous job. This new job is something I can delve into and fully invest in myself.”

β€œI am thrilled to be in a job where my coworkers are equally invested in their self-growth and performance. The team is driven, hard working, and dedicated to excellence, and I feel like I fit in perfectly.”

What does the future hold? Natalie is keeping her options open! She plans to dig deeper into cyber security, finish every SheCodes workshop, and maybe even make the switch to a development position. Natalie is confident that her new skills are applicable to a variety of rewarding careers - and we’d have to agree. 🀩

β€œI'm not certain how the future will play out. I think I would like to continue to pursue coding and become a developer. I am also still interested in working in cyber security down the road.”

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό Advice to Future SheCodes Students

Natalie believes that SheCodes can be a powerful factor when helping students change their futures! πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» We’d have to agree that a little coding knowledge can go a long way - who knows, you may alter your future career trajectory by learning how to code. 😏

β€œDO IT. Stop hesitating and DO IT. Grab your future by the reins and make it happen for yourself.”

β€œSheCodes is a perfect place to start coding! Matt is an excellent teacher, and the structure is well laid out and very easy to learn. Go out there and get it, girl, because you deserve this!”

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