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Life as a Female Developer #2

#WOMENINTECH

In view of International Women’s Day, we would like to recognize our female counterparts and what its like overcoming gender stereotypes and switching careers in such a male-dominated industry.

Today, we chat with a fresh graduate from our most recent batch of Full-stack Bootcamp students, Diyanah. Having completed the course, Diyanah is now setting her sights on becoming a software developer on her own terms. Read about some of her insights below!

How's it going Diyanah?

Catching up with Diyanah:

What were you doing before taking the programme?
Before joining the course, I was in the education sector and have been tutoring freelance for about a year. I have always been interested in learning coding but hadn't had the opportunity to do so.

What were some of the considerations you had when you were deciding to take up the course?
Knowing how coding was going to be a greater part of education sector, I decided to join the program to get a solid foundation in software development so as to keep abreast of the changes.

Could you share about some of the struggles you faced during the Bootcamp, either from the programme itself or outside of it?
The course was pretty challenging as it was extremely fast paced. Additionally, as I was still working part-time, there was a lot of time management that was needed. However, after some time, you will get the hang of it and learning new concepts and languages does get pretty exciting and that keeps you motivated.

Having graduated, what kind of industry and role are you looking to work in, and how do you think the course has prepared you for that role? Having graduated, I do hope to get back into the education industry. I want to play a role in merging education and technology. The course has provided me with a solid foundation in the basics of software development that is a good starting point for a variety of jobs. Of course, the learning doesn't stop and there are always new concepts and languages that we need to keep up-to-date on.

How do you feel about being a female developer in such a male dominated industry?

Being able to call myself a female developer in a male dominated industry is something that I am proud of. I believe that it shows that the times are changing and many others are straying away from gender stereotypes in various job functions such as this. I think it brings a sense of joy, comfort and excitement for future developers as they draw inspiration from various female tech figures in the industry.
A female figure that I look up to in the tech community would be fashion model, Karli Kloss. Though she may be known for walking down runways and representing the face of popular fashion brands, she is also a computer programmer and an advocate for young girls to pursue their interests in computer science and engineering. She proves that girls can have both beauty and brains and should not be afraid to possess it.

Check out more on our Full-stack Bootcamp here, or join us for our upcoming Free Python Development Workshop!

Lastly to all you women out there, here's wishing you a Happy International Women's Day! :)

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