One of the many things we’re passionate about here at Coder Academy is increasing female representation in the tech sector. Every year, three talented Australian women with big aspirations get the opportunity to receive a scholarship that covers 50% of their studies across our campuses in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. This means that every year we meet more and more inspiring women who continuously blow us away with their commitment, passion and brilliance — so we thought it was about time to introduce you to some of them…Let us introduce you to Sherin Samuel, Coder Academy’s ‘Women In Tech’ recipient in Melbourne.What were you doing before Coder Academy?Right before joining Coder Academy, I had been on a career break for about two years to take care of my daughter. Before that I worked as a Mainframe developer for about 4 years.Why did you want to get into technology, and more specifically, coding?During my time as a Mainframe programmer, I found coding to be challenging and interesting. So when I started thinking about returning to job after my break, I still wanted to be a coder. I wanted to try something different, learn something new and exciting. I happened to attend a couple of workshops on HTML and CSS and found them to be very different from what i have been doing till then. I further researched a bit into digital technology and decided to give it a go.Why did you choose to join the Fast Track?The first result that came up when I searched for studying web development was Coder Academy’s Fast Track Bootcamp. The course material topics seemed promising too. So I called up some of the previous students and got extremely positive feedback. The internship opportunity at the end of the course with a certificate in Information Technology were bonus points.
It’s very encouraging to know that institutions like Coder Academy provide such a great opportunity to women who need all the help and encouragement they can get.
How did the Women In Tech Scholarship help you get to where you want to be?Apart from the financial aid, it has given me immense confidence in following this path and an enormous sense of achievement. It’s very encouraging to know that institutions like Coder Academy provide such a great opportunity to women who need all the help and encouragement they can get.What do you enjoy most about your experience at Coder Academy? How did it compare to previous study you’ve done?What I enjoy most about Coder Academy is studying what I love alongside people who love it in the same measure. The classroom atmosphere has been incredibly supportive in learning such a huge amount of material in such a short time. Needless to say, it has been an honor to know our instructors who are passionate about programming and are committed to pass on the knowledge.My previous study was a 4 year course for a University degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering. The two courses are totally different in duration, content, intensity, job-readiness at the end of the course.
Women usually underestimate their own skill level. Learning, and thereby building confidence, is very important.
Where do you imagine yourself in 1 year from now?I will continue learning new things as well as build on what I have learned so far. I hope to be in a job where the atmosphere is conductive of continual learning and development.Where do you think the biggest challenges and opportunities are for women wanting to make their mark in technology right now?Women usually underestimate their own skill level. Learning, and thereby building confidence, is very important.Due to the low representation of women in technology, it is sometimes difficult to find a role model whom you can connect with. Knowing someone who has found their way in an area encourages people around them to explore the same path.Are you optimistic about the future for women in tech? Why?Yes, I am optimistic about the future of women in tech. There is a focused attempt at bringing more women into this field by various companies and organisations. Sometimes, girls are reluctant or even discouraged to study STEM subjects due to a certain prejudice that it is a man’s field. This is slowly changing now partly because the growing generation of girls interested in technology will have more women to look up to.What skills from your previous career have been valuable during this experience?Understanding new topics fast, basic knowledge of software life-cycle have all helped during this course. But all these can be picked up during the course as well.
Sometimes, girls are reluctant or even discouraged to study STEM subjects due to a certain prejudice that it is a man’s field.
What advice would you give to women considering becoming developers?If you like it, go for it. It's challenging and rewarding. You may find it insurmountable in the beginning, but persist and practice and get all the help you can get — you’ll begin to enjoy it.Any last pearls of wisdom you want to share?When you start studying, it is advisable to be thorough with the basics. A strong foundation is important to build the rest of your career on.Thank you, Sherin!
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