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.

Pauline's career path

Pauline's career path

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)

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