Many women feel the technology industry is not for them. The technology industry is deemed a mans world and sadly only 17% of the technology industry workforce is female but we at Makers are doing everything we can to reverse the industry trend by offering £500 off course fees to women enrolling onto our programming course.  Our September cohort had the highest ever at 43% and one thing I’ve witnessed is the diversity and backgrounds of the women that come on our course.

But attracting women to code is hard! There are lot of assumptions about the industry but also your own abilities. If you are considering a career change and thinking about dabbling in code. Follow these steps first to allow you to be able to reach your potential.

1) Change your mindset:

The first step to start learning to code is believing you can by simply changing your mindset. Sarah Young one of our graduates who now works as a developer at Deloitte Digital said “One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome before becoming a developer was believing it was possible, believing I could do it. My background is in the humanities (I'm a historian by training) and I'd never been 'good' at science/maths, although I loved calculus in university. I’d always assumed my lack of experience would prevent me from pursuing software engineering as a career option so I never did.”

2) Coding is not what you think is:

The second step is to realise that coding isn’t what you think it is. Coding requires team-work, imaginative thinking, and curiosity. It’s about learning a language and solving puzzles. Sarah found “ coding like craft-making, figuring out puzzles and experimenting in the kitchen” activities she enjoyed doing but would never have thought could be related to software engineering.

3) Find role models or become one!

What stops women a lot from taking the plunge is simply not having people to look up too. There is a lack of female talent but at Makers, I’ve met women from all backgrounds and ages. Sarah came from a humanities background. Margo was transitioning from a stay at home mother and Sroop was an illustrator and said “Although, I was interested in acquiring some front end skills so I could push forward my design work and take things from there. I ended up loving Ruby and getting a full stack role at a brilliant agency with an amazing work culture”.

4) Value the skills your bring

You might not come from a Maths background but realise the value of the skills you bring. If you are creative, you can help in coming up with ideas for great solutions or design work. The patience you learned while writing your dissertation will come into play because patience is definitely required when coding!

5) Learn to be okay with failing.

Resilience and bouncing back is a critical skills needed in coding. Failing is encouraged because through failing and trying again you learn more. Nadia one of graduates who studied PPE at Oxford and did our course and now works at Piviotal labs said “With programming, you will never learn it all and you will never get close to learning it all, and being comfortable with this fact is a big part of your mental preparation.”

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