Is coding just for geeky guys?

One of our original students, Alaere, explains why she moved from law to coding (and still doesn’t consider herself a geek).

Star Wars..? Haven’t seen it!

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Is coding for geeks? Heck no! Most people seem to believe that coding is for geeks, geniuses and socially awkward people.

Well that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not a geek. I haven’t seen Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or the majority of typically “geeky” movies. I love romantic comedies, I love pink and pretty things, I love fairytales and “happily ever after”.

I watch makeup tutorials, hair tutorials and vloggers on YouTube all day and I take lots of selfies as a “girlie” girl would. The only thing different now is I love to code too.

Do you need to be a maths genius to be a programmer? Absolutely not!

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To be a successful programmer you don’t need to know maths and you don’t need to be a genius.

The only thing you need to do is believe in yourself and be determined to learn.

One year after having my baby it dawned on me that I needed to do something to support myself and my baby. I didn’t think it was fair to put all of that pressure solely on my husband.

I wanted to be my own person. Spending five years of my life studying law to then decide I didn’t actually want to be a lawyer was quite difficult to explain to most people around me.

I was looking for a means to display my creativity so I started making hair and wigs, fashion outfits etc. but it was time consuming and I wasn’t making any money out of it, so I was back to where I started.

Taking the plunge into tech

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I remember my husband asking me “what else do you enjoy doing?”. I knew I loved working with computers, software, apps and techie stuff, so I decided to go back to school.

I applied for a Masters in IT Law (only because I thought It was too late for me to go into tech). Deep down, I knew that I still wanted something more exciting to do instead of law, so I googled “what else to do with a law degree” (thanks Google!). The only thing that caught my fancy was “Legal Software Developer”.

I had no clue what software developers were so I tried to find out more and that’s how my story changed. I did a bit of research and found several success stories of self-taught programmers (though it took them years to get there). I decided I wanted to be a software developer (without the “Legal”).

Why I love software development

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I realised that it wasn’t too late for me to switch to tech and that being a software developer had everything I was looking for. It’s a means of displaying my creativity, I get to work on exciting new projects and face different challenges every day.

The thought that you can build a crazy amount of different things in coding is spectacular, and that fist pump moment when you get it right is priceless. Not to mention the fact developers get paid a very good wage (my favourite).

CodeClan was like my magic fairy godmother that came to help be get to the ball, on time (16 weeks), I couldn’t have asked for anything else.

Why coding? Why not!

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So if you ask “why coding?” the answer is why not! Is coding easy..?

It’s as easy as learning something new or moving to a new city, you get lost a lot, until you start to set landmarks and life becomes easier, at the end of the day you start to understand the local language, then speak the language and then give others directions in the local language of the city.

Do I still love makeup? Yep! Highlighting, contouring and everything in between.

Do I still make hair? I make mine when I need to.

Am I a geek? Nah, absolutely not (although when you start to high-five your laptop for a job well done maybe you become a geek impersonator for that moment only).

Bio: Ere was a student at CodeClan in Cohort 1. She achieved a first degree in Law in Nigeria before moving to Scotland and she has a 1 year old daughter. 

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