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👩‍💻 SheCodes Success Story
Joana Barradas

SheCodes Plus Graduate, Aspiring React Web Developer

🙍‍♀️ Before SheCodes

Joana became interested in coding at a very young age. Years later, Joana now has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, where she took many coding courses.

After university, she decided she wanted to become a web developer in React, so she signed up for a Udemy course. However, she found that it was hard to motivate herself with this self-paced course. Then she found SheCodes - the format and style were just what she was looking for to expand her knowledge of React.

“At first, I never saw myself as becoming a coder. However, I changed my mind when my brother, also a developer, showed me that it was possible to build pretty cool stuff by just writing a few lines of code.”

”In university, you learn mostly about the fundamental logic of different programming languages but never get too deep in one.”

“The online courses of SheCodes Plus were really helpful to me because I could watch them over and over again to really learn all of the information.”

“In my university, there were only about 15 women and 170 men in the computer science department. Girls were definitely the minority. SheCodes Plus was a great working environment and everyone was always helping one another out.”

👩‍💻 Her SheCodes Experience

Joana took SheCodes Plus 2.0 in March 2019. It was different from other courses she had tried because she actually had deadlines and it was easier to follow. She also liked that she could receive immediate answers to her questions, even during the classes that were live online.

In SheCodes Plus, she learned much more about web development and the latest technologies than she had learned in university because she was able to focus all of her attention on a specific framework. She also really enjoyed coding with other women.

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🙋 How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

SheCodes Plus helped her build a very impressive weather app from scratch. She strongly believes that the app will help her get a job as a web developer working with React because it’s such a great addition to her developer portfolio. She worked on her project throughout the duration of SheCodes Plus. Joana also enjoyed the career advice she received during/after SheCodes Plus. The career advice, along with her enhanced knowledge of React has led to increased confidence while on the job search.

“Each course was related to something that was needed for the project, so I incorporated different coding elements along the way. I couldn’t have built this project without SheCodes Plus. It was a great investment for my future.”

“I’m a lot more confident looking for a job now. I feel like I know much more than before - I have a better understanding of React and the industry overall.”

“Other people who went through university studying computer science should take SheCodes Plus if they want to become front-end developers and learn the latest technologies. SheCodes Plus was very complementary to my university degree.”

👩‍💼 Advice to Future SheCodes Plus Participants

In her opinion, SheCodes Plus can open new doors, increase career confidence, and enhance coding skills by acquiring a deeper understanding of the React framework. She thinks that SheCodes Plus is six weeks of hard work, but the results are well worth it.

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