Getting those creative juices flowing Have you ever decided to try coding a new project and suddenly realize you’re not sure where to start? You get pumped, grab some coffee, pop open that code editor and … crickets, nothing, nada! This is especially true when you are first learning to code or getting started with a new language. You read some intro to “whatever” blogs, follow along with some tutorials, but when it comes down to trying to code your first real “thing”, it is like a wave of writers block swoops in and steals your mojo.
I spent many years in the workforce before I finally changed careers to get into programing / development. Let’s see, over 12 years I was in: retail sales retail management property management financial services 1031 exchange securities investment commercial real estate leasing and management construction project management … I really explored a lot of different fields and work environments. I have worked in different regions of the country.
I remember getting out of boot camp and being terrified. Oh crap! Now I have to get a job doing this. How do I convince someone to hire me? Would I hire me? Do I know enough? I just spent a ton of money and turned my life upside down. What if it doesn’t pay off? I have a four year old to take care of who is relying on me.
Tech Needs Women So if you are a woman, how would you design the perfect underwear for a man? I mean, you could collect some data on average sizes of um … content. You could ask some men about the common challenges with their current underwear. You could survey men with questions about comfort of fabrics, movement, durability, etc. No matter how much data you gather, you as a woman, will never be able to fully understand exactly what it is like to use the product you produce, as a man.
Where do I start? Sometimes the beginning of things can be really overwhelming. If you are a woman who is looking to break into programming / coding then … WELCOME! Whoo hoo, glad to have you : ) First things first… it is totally do-able. You can start from right where you are no matter where that is. I did not start out in tech. I know a lot of coders who have transitioned into tech from other backgrounds.
Women are under-represented in tech. The number of women software developers, coders, programmers, etc. is really low compared to the workforce as a whole. We all know this. We all have heard this, but the question is why? Why are there not more women going into coding and development? I have a theory on this. You might think it is crap but whatever. I think a lot of women get scared off or talk themselves out of it.