Ariane's story: from nurse to front-end developer
Ariane's story: from nurse to front-end developer
Could you tell us a bit about your career journey and how you went from nurse to front-end developer?
I am a nurse and psychopedagogue from Venezuela. I came to live in Madrid seven and a half years ago with my son, who was five years old at the time. But I couldn’t find a job in either profession.
It took me four years to realize that it wasn’t going to be possible to find work in my field. The only jobs I found were taking care of children under very poor working conditions, which meant I wasn't contributing to my pension or social security.
There came a time when I couldn’t see a future for myself or my son. I was quite unmotivated and depressed, and that's when I heard about an intensive course called Coding Bootcamp.
I thought that to work in software development, or any area of technology, you needed an engineering degree. But you don’t. I researched various bootcamps and I found one about front-end development. For it, you had to go through a selection process, and after you finished the course, you had to pay for it in six installments.
At that time, I was in a very difficult economic situation. That was the only option I could afford. I put all my willpower and motivation to work so I would be selected for that bootcamp. It was the only chance I had.
And, in the end, I got into the program. That was in 2019, and I've been a front-end developer for three years now.
How does an adaptive mindset help you?
Having studied other careers, having worked in other professions, being a single mother, and having to emigrate with my five-year-old son has given me a series of soft skills in life that have prepared me to face the challenge of changing professions at age 33.
When you go into the technology field, in my case, development, soft skills and the desire to learn are even more important than technical knowledge when you’re just starting out.
That’s because when you’re hired as a junior, you know that you are going to learn all that technical skills on the fly. So my entire life experience helped me to work as a developer and get hired as a junior.
I worked as a psychopedagogist — a profession that combines pedagogy and psychology — as part of a multidisciplinary team. It involved constant communication with my colleagues to help improve the quality of life of children and their families. All of that has given me many tools to work on a team. And I think it all adds up.
I often say that technically, I am a junior, but I am very senior in life. All of that has helped me adapt and move forward as a developer.
How does Sngular encourage learning?
Ever since I joined Sngular, I’ve felt very loved and cared for. I’ve been working on a project that’s taught me a lot and has helped me progress leaps and bounds as a developer.
On top of all Sngular’s initiatives, like Udemy, for example, where I’m always studying something new, my team is wonderful and always motivates me to keep learning and moving forward.
The developer I was before joining Sngular is completely different from the one I am today The truth is that I am very happy. Above all, I feel very confident and satisfied that I’m on the right path to continue developing as a programmer.
How do you encourage those around you to learn new skills?
When I started coding, one of the first things I did was open a Twitter account. There, I shared my experience and everything I was learning — a practice that I continue to this day.
Sharing my process and what I'm figuring out is quite motivating. For others to watch my evolution, which has gone from zero to now working as a developer, has been important to me personally and, as I’ve heard, to some of the people who follow me.
Besides that, I give talks about what I'm learning, my process, as well as about soft skills, public speaking, or how to find your first job as a developer. I also have a Twitch channel where I do live learning.
With everything, I’m trying to show the reality of how I’ve gone from knowing absolutely nothing about coding — I didn't even have a computer and was coming from the health and education sectors — to suddenly knowing a lot. I’ve been showing that process, how I’ve been studying, how I was selected and how I’ve been moving forward gradually.
This isn’t something that you hear from the cousin of your sister-in-law's cousin. This is real. I have been able to get jobs, I am working, I am happy, and I am evolving. So I love motivating people who are maybe a little stagnant in their lives and say: “I didn't know this could be done, I didn't know that you could work in development or technology without having an engineering degree, but look at me now.”
And I’m not telling people to do the exact same thing as I did. I’m trying to ignite a little spark in people in their 30s and 40s, by proving to them that change is possible.
From what I've been told, I've inspired a lot of people. I hope I can continue doing that.
Why should people consider working at Sngular?
I always, always speak very highly of Sngular. And it’s from the bottom of my heart because I feel very loved and supported here.
I’ve joined a super challenging project and have learned so much.
As I said, I’ve transformed so much to get where I am today. It’s more than just a technical learning curve, but learning about a whole new community.
The support you get at Sngular is incredible. Not just in the front-end community, but you can genuinely find someone super cool on each and every team. Whenever you come to the office, even though I don't come in often, you meet someone new and everyone is kind. Also, people work very well together. I feel very much like part of a family.
There are a lot of people who have written to me wanting to come and work at Sngular because they’ve heard me or read me on Twitter talking about the company. I think I do a very good job in terms of describing what it's like to work here.
And I'll reiterate it once again: I’m super happy here. It’s a place where you are encouraged to grow professionally, and as a bonus, everyone is extremely nice.