Margarida Sousa


SheCodes Class
SheCodes Plus Graduate


Job Title
Application Development Associate at Accenture


Location
Lisbon, Portugal


Nationality
Portuguese 🇵🇹


Written by Margarida Sousa,
Edited by Lexi Dillon, August, 2019

👩‍💻 SheCodes Success Story

Margarida

Margarida graduated from SheCodes 8.0 in November 2018 and SheCodes+ 3.0 in May 2019.

🙍‍♀️ Before SheCodes

I have a master degree in Chemical Engineering and spent three years as a Researcher in that field. However, I was needing a change and as my research project ended, I became interested in learning new skills and coding seemed like something interesting that could lead me to new opportunities, since there are so many job offers in this field. I quickly became more interested in the web development area so I enrolled in some online courses such as Codecademy and freeCodeCamp. I got to practice HTML and CSS and a little Javascript until an opportunity appeared to enroll in a Technology Internship which at the time seemed like a good opportunity to introduce me to this new career path and improve my skills since it would be a ‘learn on the job’ methodology, meaning a faster learning process. 

After the internship ended, I still wanted to improve my front end development skills. I was searching for courses on web development or front-end development around Lisbon that I could do and attend in person. At the time, I already had some experience in coding because of my current job but not in the web development area, which I had really enjoyed learning previously. I decided I wanted to start implementing web development more, even in my free time.

That’s when I found SheCodes and it appeared to be a good option for me - it was on a weekend, was not expensive and seemed to be an intensive kind of course; it seemed the perfect opportunity to reintroduce me to the coding basics of web development that I hadn’t implemented for a while now. And it was!

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👩‍💻 Her SheCodes Experience

After taking SheCodes, the interest bug in coding stayed and I kept looking for Web Development courses that I could do in person to keep learning. I first heard about SheCodes+ during the SheCodes workshop and decided to apply as soon as applications opened. 

SheCodes+ was exactly what I was looking for [to expand my coding knowledge] and was a third of the price of other courses I’d researched. It’s one of more affordable courses right now in Lisbon, which is one of the main reasons why I applied. It gives us the opportunity to learn without getting us in debt! 

In SheCodes+, mainly we got to learn and implement more HTML, CSS and JavaScript and learn about the framework React, which for me was a totally new world, and I was motivated to try to implement it all in my final project! The classes were demanding but engaging, and we got tasks every week which were very helpful to keep track of what we were learning. We had half of the classes online that were more technical/theoretical and half practical classes where we got to implement what we learned on the online class and ask for help. For me, this was a good process because during the online classes I got to pay more attention to the new stuff alone before trying to apply them in the exercises. One thing that helped me was having the videos available afterwards, because before starting the final project I rewatched some classes to clear some doubts and remember details. 

But, also it was very interesting to meet other women in class, everyone had a different story and were there for several reasons. It was a good way to share our experiences and to get to know new people that are also new to the coding world.  

I really enjoyed learning with other women! We had a great time during classes and supported each other when someone needed help. Actually, after SheCodes+ ended, a colleague from our class had the idea to keep weekly meetings to support each other to continue to code 

…and anyone who wants can join us. This is a great idea because we continue to have scheduled time to focus on our coding skills.

🙋 How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

I’m currently an Application Development Associate at Accenture, where I’ve been working for the past year and a half. During this time I have been implementing COBOL, which is a programming language mainly used in business and finance systems.

SheCodes+ was right what I needed to learn more in detail about Web Development and made me certain that this is the path that I want to follow in the near future. 

I’m going to try to take on new projects where I can implement web development or maybe take even more Javascript or React courses and start doing some freelancing to improve my skills and then finally take this career path. 

👩‍💼 Advice to Future SheCodes Participants

Do it! Even if you are not certain that development is the path for you… 

SheCodes and SheCodes+ are accessible courses that will give you the essential mind-set and knowledge to start coding.
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