Clara Sousa
SheCodes Graduate


Job Title
Programmer


Location
Setúbal


Nationality
Portuguese


Written by Lexi Dillon,
Edited by Lexi Dillon, June, 2020

👩‍💻 SheCodes Success Story

Clara

How Clara fell in love with coding and discovered her future career path

Clara graduated from a SheCodes Workshop in April 2019 and SheCodes Plus in August 2019.

🙍‍♀️ Before SheCodes

In 2019, Clara was a bit lost as to what career path she wanted to pursue. In her undergraduate degree, she had studied Management and Economics in Business school, and then went on to study Biomedical Engineering; however, she still felt like something was missing when it came to her future career. One of the courses that had deeply interested her in university was Programming in C. This is how she decided to delve deeper into the coding world. Enter SheCodes 😏

Her motivation for learning how to code was to find her passion and future career path. And SheCodes gave her a taste of what it was like to code without breaking the bank. 

“Academically and professionally speaking, I was looking for my real passion in life, and since I had already coded in C, even if just a bit, I took SheCodes because I thought it could help me understand if Web Dev could be my passion.”

👩‍💻 Her SheCodes Experience

Besides Clara’s university class, she also took one other coding course besides SheCodes.

“I can say that SheCodes is, in my opinion, way better than the other online course I took, because in SheCodes we had a great - and fun - instructor. Also, having supportive classmates who loved the coding challenges as much as I did also played a big part in it! Whenever I had a question, I could ask and receive help. There was a really positive, although demanding, atmosphere from start to finish.”

In her SheCodes workshops, Clara really enjoyed the homework, feedback, and unique teaching methods that set SheCodes apart from other online coding courses. 

“I really liked the fact that we had homework and could get feedback on it; for me, it has always been a great way to learn. During lessons, Matt's approach and pedagogy was also perfect: for a certain topic, he would give us a theoretical note on it, followed by an example and then an exercise for us to complete. I also fancied the times when he challenged us by introducing new topics!”

When asked what her favorite part of the SheCodes workshops was, she said it was definitely developing the final projects because it was really fun and challenging. Her projects are creative and very impressive 😍 Check them out below 👇

⛅️ Clara’s Vanilla JavaScript Weather App: https://competent-yalow-de3c61.netlify.app/

⚛️ Clara’s React Weather App: https://brave-bartik-72b279.netlify.app/


Clara also said that her experience learning with other women was great because of the friendly and comfortable learning environment.

“Being a woman in the tech world can sometimes be overwhelming given the low percentage of female presence in the field and learning side by side with other women makes one feel more comfortable.”

🙋 How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

SheCodes gave Clara the direction and zest for her future that she had been looking for. She discovered her true passion and decided that she wanted a future career in coding. She had found her calling thanks to SheCodes. 👩‍💻

“It was during SheCodes Plus that I understood just how passionate I was about coding. SheCodes Plus made me understand what I wanted to do with my future. It was a life-changing opportunity!"

Clara is currently a student doing an Integrated Masters in Computer Science at NOVA University. She says that she feels like she is now on the right track towards a successful and happy life. Apart from completing her school work, she spends most of her day coding and meeting up with like-minded individuals who are also interested in development. Thanks to her SheCodes knowledge and passion for coding, she’s been working on personal coding projects in her free time, as well. 

She’s currently in the process of building a recipe app for fun, using the knowledge she gained in SheCodes Plus React. 

Check out Clara's personal React project 👉https://heuristic-bell-4837de.netlify.app/


“In my coding future, I would really like to work in Data Science or in Web Development, contributing to websites or web applications. SheCodes Plus helped me move into the tech field and I couldn’t be happier.”

“Thanks to SheCodes, I now love my degree and my job prospects.”

👩‍💼 Advice to Future SheCodes Participants

In Clara’s opinion, SheCodes is extremely valuable because it can wildly expand one’s horizons, open the doors to new career opportunities, and show us the making behind things that are essential in our daily lives.

“I think it can really be an eye-opening course for anyone who is interested in changing their professional life, or just to broaden their horizons, showing the art and science behind the making and developing of these so very essential things in our day-to-day lives, like websites and apps.”

“If you're in any way interested in how websites and apps are developed, you should definitely join SheCodes! If you did love SheCodes and had fun whilst completing your final project and are looking to improve your coding skills in Web Development, or if you want to change career or even shift fields within your current company, SheCodes Plus is just what you need! When looking for jobs, I keep on seeing companies asking for the knowledge that SheCodes Plus has provided me with - and it's great because it’s not the sort of thing they teach one at uni!”
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