Sara graduated from SheCodes Porto in December 2018.
🙍♀️ Before SheCodes
“But being 18, I followed my parents advice and got into Biology [instead of Computer Science]. They were scared I would feel out of place in a degree with so many men and so little women. I ended up switching majors to Translation, but the interest and curiosity [for coding] was always there…”
👩💻 Her SheCodes Experience
“I enjoyed SheCodes as a whole, but it was also nice to have the historical overview and the final overview of where the market is today.”
She felt that the course was a great introduction to the world of coding. She especially enjoyed the helpful recommendations for future learning (like CodeNewbie) and the final project.
“I really enjoyed the final project, where you can use everything you learned and put it to good use.”
Learning solely with other women was also a plus for her. The workshop offered her a comfortable, friendly environment in which she felt at ease to practice her skills in this new subject and supplement the coding knowledge she already had.
“[Learning with other women] was interesting, much easier than learning with men to be honest. Sure I didn’t talk to every girl in the class, but the ones I talked to were genuinely interested in learning, not in showing off what they knew [as I found to occur in other learning environments].”
🙋 How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life
“I am about to start my job as a developer for a local company. Almost 6 months to the day after SheCodes.”
👩💼 Advice to Future SheCodes Participants
“Well, I would say “go for it”. It doesn’t matter if you know nothing about coding, or if you know a lot. If you know nothing, you’ll get a first glimpse into the fascinating world [of coding]. And if you know a bit more, you’ll be reminded of how you got into [coding], and for me, that’s always a good thing.”
For Sara, SheCodes was a great decision and truly helped alter her career path, and her life.