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My name is Jessica Kormos, QA, New to coding, Writer (technical and other)

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  • What advice do you have for women looking to break into the programming world?

    Programming seems to be such a male-dominated environment. Are there opportunities for women to make names for themselves? Where should a woman interested in this field begin looking for projects?

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    The best advice I can give you is to love programming, keep learning, and just be you.

    I've worked in several male-dominated industries - Information Systems being the second, and the film industry being the first.

    I lucked into a company with an Information Systems department that actually has more women than men in technical roles. I'm also lucky that I work for a company with great women AND men. If anything, the guys I work with are more willing to teach and explain something to you and I feel supported by both genders.

    I was also young enough to be unaware that I was entering male-dominated industries. Otherwise, I think I would feel the intimidation that I feel now.

    There absolutely are opportunities for women to make a name for themselves. If I were to look now, I would do a lot of research about a company before ever applying. Look at see what people are saying about them on Glassdoor.

    I don't know what your level of programming experience is, but there are a ton of free classes online at sites like Udacity, Coursera, and YouTube.

    I hope this helps!