Emma Kane - SheCodes Success Story | SheCodes

Emma Kane
SheCodes Graduate


Job Title
Budding Front End Developer


Location
Portland


Nationality
American


Written by Lexi Dillon,
Edited by Lexi Dillon, February, 2021

👩‍💻 SheCodes Success Story

Emma

How Emma fell in love with coding and it changed her life

Emma began her SheCodes journey in July 2020 and finished in November 2020.

🙍‍♀️ Before SheCodes

Emma is a highly motivated SheCoder who discovered a new passion for coding during her journey with SheCodes. She is from Portland, Oregon, USA and is still living there today. Emma has been studying Psychology and Spanish to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. Along with her studies, she’s also had various roles in the hospitality industry. Her studies and work have kept her busy, but she also makes time for her hobbies like cooking - and now coding! A change in her job status spurred a desire for a new career path. 

“Unfortunately, I lost my job due to COVID.  Before that I worked in hospitality and am also a full time student studying psychology and Spanish.” 

She’s had an interest in coding for a while in order to keep up with the increasingly technological world and be able to understand the language of developers. 

“I've wanted to learn to code for a long time. As technology has become a bigger part of the world, it's impossible to ignore that programmers and engineers have a huge influence on our lives. The more I've realized that, the more I've wanted to be able to understand their language.”

Then, she found out about SheCodes and decided to give it a shot 💪 💻

👩‍💻 Her SheCodes Experience

Emma found that SheCodes was approachable and was happy that it could easily work around her schedule. She enjoyed the learning process, how the workshops were designed, and realizing the power of code. 

“SheCodes was so approachable! It's designed for beginners, I could try out the three week course before committing to the more difficult sections, and I could make it work around my schedule.”

“The learning process was incredible. With every lesson, I felt like I was discovering a new world. Gaining that knowledge was so powerful and so much fun. Some concepts were harder than others, but the way the course is designed meant that nothing felt impossible. As I became more knowledgeable about coding, I was also able to understand other resources, which opened up even more opportunities for learning and creativity. Realizing how vast the coding world is was super energizing and exciting to me. I went from not even knowing what coding was to wanting to do it all the time.” 

Emma didn’t try any other online coding workshops before SheCodes because she’s found that they often require a lot more time and money than she wanted. We’re glad that she ended up joining SheCodes and couldn’t be happier to have her in our wonderful coding community 😍

“The SheCodes community was a huge inspiration. Seeing others trying to solve the same issues I was helped keep me motivated and provided great support when I was feeling stuck and frustrated.”

Overall, she had a great experience learning, and we had a great experience having her as a student 💜 

“My experience with SheCodes was fantastic. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to take this course. It's obvious that Matt put a lot of thought into how to design this course and is a very gifted teacher. I'm so appreciative of the student and unemployment discounts I received. I also appreciated the amazing support I received on Slack!”  

Check out Emma’s amazing SheCodes projects 👇
SheCodes Plus Project: https://stoic-spence-5e96d7.netlify.app/    

🙋 How SheCodes has Helped to Change Her Life

Thanks to the coding knowledge Emma gained in SheCodes, she decided to pursue a future in tech and was even able to get some interviews for related roles. We couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s discovered a new passion and direction for her career 🤩

“SheCodes inspired me to consider a future in the tech field, which isn't something I ever thought would be possible. The experience I've gained from this class has even helped me get a couple interviews for technical support jobs. I now know that this passion that I've found has the potential to turn into something that I could be doing all day long.” 

“The skills I've gained here will be such an asset as I continue to work hard and keep learning. I would be thrilled to find a career in the technology industry. I am continuing to look for opportunities where I can use the skills I learned in SheCodes."

Emma plans to continue to build on her coding knowledge and sharpen her skills in order to work towards reaching her goal of working in tech. 

“Working in tech is definitely a long term goal for me, and I plan to keep working hard to make that happen! I am so grateful to SheCodes for exposing me to the coding world and helping me discover a passion that I am excited to keep pursuing! It was truly one of the best experiences of my life.” 

👩‍💼 Advice to Future SheCodes Students

Emma advises to start with the beginner workshop and then decide if you’d like to continue, but warns that you might just fall in love with coding along the way 😉 

“If you're thinking about it, do it. The first three weeks don't require much time, and will help you figure out if coding is for you. If you don't like it you can always stop after that, but there is a chance that you will fall in love with it and it will change your life like it did for me.” 

Emma’s SheCodes Workshop Testimonial
“I've learned so much in just 3 weeks! The assignments were fun, challenging, and super accessible. Matt is a great teacher. I discovered a passion for coding that I can't wait to keep pursuing!”

Emma’s SheCodes Plus Testimonial
“I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in coding. I didn't know anything when I started, but now I really feel capable of continuing to work in the field. The teaching style is easy to understand and gives you knowledge to learn more on your own. I really discovered a love of coding and I'm excited to see what opportunities will come out of this!”

Emma’s SheCodes React Testimonial
“Taking this course was truly a life-changing experience. It was a fantastic introduction to the coding world. The lessons were super well designed and gave me the knowledge to study topics that weren't specifically taught. My experience with SheCodes has even landed me a couple interviews for technical support roles. I can't recommend this course highly enough!”

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