Laura Dumitru - SheCodes Success Story | SheCodes

Laura Dumitru
SheCodes Graduate


Job Title
Junior Front-end Developer


Location
England


Nationality
Romanian


Written by Tom Boughen,
Edited by Tom Boughen, September, 2022

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» SheCodes Success Story

Laura

How Laura found a more creative career in Front End Development after studying with SheCodes


Laura started her SheCodes journey in June 2020 and finished the courses in November 2021Β 

πŸ™β€β™€οΈ Before SheCodes

With SheCodes, Laura has found the type of career change that she had been looking for. Previously, she worked for a commercial property management organisation, carrying out quality data checks on legal documents and managing properties on behalf of clients. Away from work Laura enjoys spending time in nature, doing yoga πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ and reading. πŸ“–Β 

Laura knew that she wanted to move into a more creative career direction and do something that made her happy, but she wasn't sure what that was until she saw a SheCodes ad on Instagram which caught her eye.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Her SheCodes Experience

"SheCodes was a great first step into web development. I loved the structure of the courses, the fact that we had homework and deadlines, the fact that it made me feel part of a community."

The community aspect of SheCodes was important for Laura, as it is for many SheCodes students. There is tech support available from the team but also a global community on Slack where you can interact with other users, trade ideas and ask for help when needed! πŸ™ This feature of SheCodes has transferred well to her current job.

"Team work, communication and understanding designers is probably one of the most important skills in my job apart from coding. I have to be able to communicate well with the design team to understand exactly what products they want me to code and their functionality. There is a lot of back and forth, which can be frustrating but it’s all part of learning!"

πŸ™‹ How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

"My current employer liked my SheCodes weather app (its functionality, design and how well it was coded on all screen sizes). I work in digital mobile advertising, which means great attention to detail is a must.Β 

Problem-solving is an important skill to have in my current role and I have learned to problem solve during the SheCodes workshops and whilst building my own projects."

Laura says that SheCodes has given her career a clearer sense of direction. She found value in SheCodes as a motivator for her to learn new skills, escape her comfort zone and challenge herself. πŸ’ͺ Thanks to her new coding skills, she has a job in front-end development! 🀩

"I currently work as a Junior Front-end developer for a digital mobile advertising company. I work closely with a team of designers to build custom user interface elements, like games or 3D advertising experiences. We build and innovate new advertising products for luxury brands."

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

Laura emphasises the importance of getting involved in coding communities even beyond SheCodes, especially for women. Her advice is to find groups in your city or country, go to networking events where you can, join the extensive SheCodes community on LinkedIn and connect with other students and alumni in your area.Β 

Also don't be afraid to put your work out there! She advises it is important to be proactive and interactive with others as part of showcasing your coding skills.Β 

"Less is more - focus on the quality of your projects on GitHub, not the quantity. Employers do check your GitHub. Your code has to be tidy...update your LinkedIn profile. Find web developers who inspire you and follow them. Showcase your projects on LinkedIn, ask for recommendations from teachers, tutors, mentors and put them on your profile. This makes you stand out."

Above all, Laura stresses the importance of maintaining self-confidence and addressing problems with practical solutions.

"Imposter syndrome is real. There will be times when you feel like giving up, or when code seems impossible to understand. My advice is to take a break, come back to it with fresh eyes, break it down into smaller problems you can resolve step by step." πŸ”

Laura's SheCodes Basics Testimonial
I absolutely loved the SheCodes training and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in coding. It is user-friendly, you have tech support whenever you need it and also a Slack community where you can ask questions and interact with others. Before I joined this course I felt a bit lost career wise but now I feel like I have more of a sense of direction. Looking forward to learning more and getting even more creative!
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Laura's SheCodes Plus Testimonial
I am really glad I continued my SheCodes journey to learn even more about coding! The videos are very easy to follow, with homework challenges along the way to help you practice what you have learned. See you in SheCodes React, looking forward to the final part of this very interesting journey! Highly recommended!
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Laura's SheCodes Responsive Testimonial
I really enjoyed taking this course and building my own portfolio website. The lessons and challenges are easy to follow and a lot of fun! Highly recommended! This opens a new world of opportunities!
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Laura's SheCodes React Testimonial
SheCodes React is a great course to take if you want to learn even more about coding and make your CV stand out from the crowd! It is certainly not easy, but I guess it's all part of the learning curve. I really enjoyed building yet another weather app and looking forward to starting a career in this field and learning even more! The SheCodes courses have kept my mind occupied during the pandemic and have helped me realise that there are other industries out there you can work in and not be stuck doing a job you don't like. Thank you to Matt, Joao and the team for the help!Β 

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