With the support of local tech firms Natural Apptitude, Nudge Digital and The Digital Department, Develop Me’s Opportunity Fund has offered three scholarships for their Part-Time Front End course with the aim of increasing diversity within the male-dominated tech sector.
All three scholarship recipients were mums keen to take the step of returning to work. The tech industry offers a wealth of flexible, family-friendly opportunities, making it perfectly suited to those looking to career-change in search of greater work-life balance.
The first in a short series, we meet one of our recipients Kate to find out more about her journey into tech.
Why did you choose Develop Me’s Part Time front end course?
I’ve been thinking about a change of career for a while and thought that while I’m currently not working that it would be a great time to retrain in something else. Learning to develop websites appeals to me because I’d like a skill that would enable me to work remotely and around a family but also where a lot of the learning can be done from home in my own time.
The course with Develop Me is very accessible as it’s part-time I can attend and work around my family. It’s just for six weeks and I’m in a position at the moment whereby I have this window of time before my next baby is due.
What did you do before taking time out for your family?
I spent ten years in the Lingerie industry in London, mainly working as a Lingerie Technologist but also worked for a boutique recruitment agency recruiting for the fashion industry. We’ve now moved out of London & I’m a full-time mum to a two year old boy & pregnant with my second.
What do you hope to do once you have completed the course?
I initially plan to put what I’ve learnt in to practise by developing some websites for family that have their own businesses but the long term plan is to start my own business and keep building on my skills. My fiance is a Graphic Designer who has worked with Developers on his own projects so the ideal would be to start a business working together that gives us some flexibility.
Is there anything you think could improve the course?
The course does require dedication as it moves quickly. There is a lot to cover before the course starts and within the 6 weeks. I tend to practise coding when my little boy takes a nap in the day or once he’s gone to bed in the evening but this time is never guaranteed and I’ve found that if I’ve not been able to practise or crack what we’ve learnt in class then it’s quite easy to fall behind. So, for me a few more weeks added to the course to slow it down would help.
What advice would you give someone wanting to learn to code?
I would definitely recommend that they do a course with DevelopMe. It’s accessible and taught with the aim to get people coding as soon as possible!