Stefania Popescu - SheCodes Success Story | SheCodes

Stefania Popescu
SheCodes Graduate


Job Title
Front End Developer at NovorΓ©sumΓ©


Location
Barcelona


Nationality
Romanian


Written by Bianka Cramblit,
Edited by Bianka Cramblit, June, 2022

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» SheCodes Success Story

Stefania

How learning to code helped Stefania change her life and become a Front End Developer

Stefania started her SheCodes journey in March 2021 and finished it in October 2021, graduating from SheCodes Basics, Plus, and React.

πŸ™β€β™€οΈ Before SheCodes

Stefania is originally from Romania and now lives in sunny Barcelona, where she spends her time going on walks on the beach with her friends. πŸ–οΈ You can usually find her outdoors riding her bike or going on a hike. 🚲

Like so many of us, the sudden changes from the past few years caused Stefania to think deeply about the future. With a master's in Marketing, Stefania is no stranger to hard work in the pursuit of knowledge. Friends working in the technology sphere shared some of the pros and cons of the field and gave her advice on how she could get her start in the tech industry. πŸ’»

β€œAfter 2020 and all the changes it brought, I started thinking more about the role I was working on at that time and I felt I needed a change. Coding was something I didn't pay much attention to before because I thought it is all based on maths... but little did I know!β€œ

β€œBeing surrounded by friends who worked as software engineers and who in general were very happy with their professional lives, I began asking them questions about what they do in their actual jobs and what recommendations they can give me, a beginner, to get started in this field.”

β€œMy motivation was to learn something totally new and SheCodes was attractive because of the great reviews it had and the whole idea behind it - a learning community for women.β€œ


We are so happy that Stefania became a part of our awesome community of committed women from around the world! 🀩 

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Her SheCodes Experience

The first step to joining the tech industry was learning how to code. In her quest for a new career, Stefania began researching coding courses before stumbling upon SheCodes on social media. She attended the free 60-minute Coding Class with Matt and knew afterwards that coding was something she wanted to try. After completing SheCodes Basics (Our Intro to Coding Class that teaches the fundamentals), Stefania went on to complete SheCodes Pro and React! πŸ’ͺ πŸ’»

The hands-on weekly projects and challenges after every bite-sized lesson really made a difference for Stefania. In the end, there is nothing like hands-on practice when it comes to coding! Each lesson gave just enough information about the topic without being overwhelming. 😊

β€œHaving support from real technical assistants who can explain what is wrong and answer questions was the best thing about SheCodes for me. I think SheCodes is different from other courses because of the real life support offered, the challenging projects and practical exercises because in the end this is how you learn how to code - by writing it and learning how to read code, especially when written by someone else.β€œ

β€œI liked the structure of all the courses, nothing felt rushed and all subjects were discussed in sufficient detail to understand the concept.”

Stefania loved joining the friendly community of coders. πŸ€— Knowing that she could ask a question to the community of coders or the SheCodes technical assistants without fear of judgement helped her gain confidence in her coding skills.

β€œIt was very nice and quite empowering. We were all part of SheCodes with the same objectives and it is nice to see how many ladies are becoming more and more interested in tech. β€œ

β€œSheCodes is a great initiative for women who want to start learning how to code for fun or actually build a career out of it. The whole community gives a nice feeling and it felt like a safe space where you could ask questions without feeling shy or thinking that your question is silly. β€œ

Stefania is most proud of the project she coded from scratch in SheCodes React. 🌧️ Check out her colorful weather app here:

https://www.shecodes.io/workshops/shecodes-react-fd0d5772-eece-4de7-97c9-1e5290f21c2c/projects/760590Β 

πŸ™‹ How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

All of her research and hard work paid off, Stefania is now working as a front-end developer at Novoresume! πŸ₯³Β 

"The JavaScript and React knowledge gained at SheCodes definitely helped me in getting my job as front end developer. By doing the SheCodes courses and in parallel reading coding articles, my technical vocabulary improved a lot too which is very useful especially when researching."

Her work is very project-based and she spends her weeks using her coding skills to solve problems. Stefania’s new job is never boring - something she loves! 😍 Being able to work from home while continually learning new, interesting things is a huge benefit in her eyes.

β€œAt the moment I am working on one project. Mondays start off with a few meetings and with me making a plan for the week in terms of what tasks I will be working on and what I want to achieve. β€œ

β€œBefore I worked as an Account Manager at a business travel company. The main benefits for me working as a front end developer are the constant learning and the work itself which keeps me focused and challenged on a daily basis. The remote work is also a very nice perk. Lastly, I also think it's the excitement of working in a field which changes so fast so there is also something new to learn, and therefore low chances of getting bored of working in tech.β€œ

In the future, Stefania hopes to be able to mentor those entering the tech industry and help them to succeed. Spreading knowledge is so powerful! 🧠

β€œI just want to see myself with a fulfilled career, comfortable in the role that I am doing. I would also like to see if it's possible for me one day to coach people who are new in the field and pass on the knowledge I acquire.”

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

Still on the fence about coding? πŸ€” Stefania suggests starting with the SheCodes Basics course to see if coding is right for you. This course is only 3 weeks and gives students a good introduction to what front-end development looks like.

β€œFor those who are not sure coding is for them, start with SheCodes Basic course. The course is detailed and fun enough to give a taste of what is means to code. I think SheCodes is great for gaining front-end skills and I recommend to all the ladies who are new to coding and are thinking of a change in their careers.β€œ

β€œI personally looked at it as a personal investment and I am glad I decided to get the joint front-end development + React bundle course.β€œ

Read Stefania’s course testimonials below: 🌟

Basics: πŸ–₯️
β€œI thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to coding workshop, from the detailed videos and explanations to all the challenges and the final project I had to build. Matt's teaching style is easy to follow and this contributed a lot to understand each concept and how to apply it in practice. I am very happy I came across this academy and that I challenged myself to take this initial course. It actually made me realise coding is fun and satisfying, and I am keen on continuing this challenge and learn more complex concepts.”

Plus: βž•
β€œIt's been a great course, learnt new and more challenging stuff that helped me built an app from scratch! If you asked me 1 year ago if I would ever be able to code, my answer would have probably been "no way, I could never do that!". I am very proud of choosing to do this course, learning all the cool stuff I had the chance to learn and developing some new coding skills! Thank you SheCodes!”

React: βš›οΈ
β€œI thoroughly enjoyed this course and learning React with Matt! It was very easy to go through the lessons and projects, and understand all the new concepts because of the way they were presented - clear and concise. I love all the tasks and projects and I think this is why SheCodes is so powerful - because you put in practice what you learn and you have a team to help whenever you need guidance. Thank you!”

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