Beth shares her views on the course which was delivered by Chloe and Shivangi.
Beth Lambert-Matthews: “After only 6 minutes, we started coding!”
I’m training to be a software engineer as part of the DWP Digital apprenticeship programme. Alongside computer courses and technical training, I get to work on real projects so I can put my new skills straight into practice.
Then, only 6 minutes into the course, we starting coding! Using a free online resource called JSFiddle.net, we followed Chloe's instructions to write words in a specific pattern. These words were then ‘decoded’ or understood by the computer to make certain outcomes happen.
Shivangi Das: “Representation matters.”
Representation matters because if you can see it, you can be it. That’s why I’m so keen to do what I can to encourage more women into tech careers.
I’ve been part of so many women in tech communities over the 6 years I’ve worked in tech, and they’ve offered the welcoming, encouraging and supportive environment that I needed to keep loving to code.
I hope that by delivering the course with Code First Girls I’ve been able to inspire more women into considering a digital role.
Chloe Williams: “You don’t need a Computing degree to be a software engineer.”
Having worked with Code First Girls in the past, I was really excited to be involved with the community again. I think it’s really important that companies like DWP Digital offer these kind of taster sessions, as they provide a window into an industry many young women may not have experienced before.
Three years ago, my journey to becoming a Software Engineer started with something very similar and I hope this course highlights that you don’t necessarily need a Computing degree to be a software engineer.
A future in digital?
If you’re interested in a future career in tech, take a look at some of the introductory courses Code First Girls have to offer. You could also register for our virtual hackathon taking place from 6 - 8 July.
And if you’re already working in a digital role, why not check out some of the roles we currently have available in DWP Digital on our careers website?