This month we were lucky enough to have a guest blog post from CF: G alumni and previous CF: G Programmes Associate Beverley Newing. Read on for the full low-down...
A few days ago, as the last session of the Oxford CF:G Python was coming up, I realised that it’s now been roughly a year since I finished my CF:G HTML/CSS course. So to celebrate, I’ve written up my coding journey, the challenges of switching into tech, and some tips!
What Has My Tech Transition Been?
I started out working for Code First: Girls last January, and stayed there for 7 months. I then switched to a Web Developer Internship at Zooniverse, a citizen science research platform that’s based at the University of Oxford - an internship that was actually advertised in the Code First: Girls newsletter! When that ended, I went over to Oxford Computer Consultants, to do another paid Front End Internship, which is where I am now.
What Were the Challenges of Switching to Tech?
It’s worth bearing in mind that there is a lot to learn. I used to get a bit overwhelmed, and still do sometimes. You do have to work hard to make the switch, and it was more work than I’d expected - and at times knew. Someone once pointed out that I was trying to make up for a 3 year degree that I didn’t have though, and that helped me get everything in perspective. I now always try to focus more on enjoying the journey, rather than being frustrated at not being a Junior Developer yet. It became easier when I embraced that.
Over the past year, I’ve learnt a lot through the various opportunities and experiences that I’ve had. Here are some of the key things that helped me keep going:
Lastly, one of the most important things is helping each other. Help out on CF:G courses, share your knowledge with family and friends and do things like write blogs about what you’ve learnt. This reinforces your own knowledge whilst helping others. It also boosts your confidence, and has been one of the most important things for me this year.
The Pros of Switching into Tech
It has been hard, but I’m so glad I did. I find working as a developer incredibly empowering. I get given small problems and I solve them. I go home at the end of the day knowing that I fixed things and have tangible examples to prove to myself that I can succeed at things. I’ve also found that a by-product of spending my day job working on my problem-solving skills is that I feel better about making decisions and solving issues in other parts of my life.
If you would like to ask me anything about any of this, you can find me on Twitter at @WebDevBev. I’d lastly like to say a big thank you to Level39, who hosted the Code First: Girls course that I first learnt to code on and a huge thank you to Code First: Girls, who started me off on this path.
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