How to become a coder: Pauline's story
Learning how to code has built up my confidence and I'm really happy that I get to follow my passion in my day job but also in my personal life.
- Pauline creates and manages websites for her customers in her day job, as well as freelancing with her own coding business
- She started coding when she was eight years old
- At GCSE, she took Computing but felt isolated as she was the only girl
- At A-level, she decided to drop Computer Science and went on to do a Biomedical Sciences degree at university
- She continued to code in secret until she found a coding community for women, which boosted her confidence to talk about her passion
- She has given speeches on the importance of diversity in the tech industry
- Pauline has been named as one of the Top 25 under 30s in Technology.
What to expect if you want to be a web developer
- Salary: Variable ranging from £20,000 to £50,000
- Working hours: On average 37 - 40 hours per week
- Entry requirements: Usually a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree in computing or a related subject (Computer Science or IT)
This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)