Ministry of Justice
Women in Tech: My career transformation into coding
To continue the conversations from International Women’s Day 2021, I want to share my journey on how I went from a generalist administration role into the world of Software Development.
Having worked in Business Support for 2 years, I have spent the past 10 months undertaking an MoJ software developer apprenticeship.
It’s not something I would have predicted, women and non-binary people are famously underepresented in tech and mainstream media had left me the assumption I needed a maths degree and eidetic memory to write code.
Working at the MoJ challenged that illusion; I worked in a diverse team of people with relatable role models. I found that people had got into coding in different ways, while some took the traditional degree approach, others went through boot camps or were totally self taught. Talking to developers in my team made me believe that anyone could learn to code.
Where to start?
Different team members saw what I was doing and offered help. There’s a really great culture of co-learning and upskilling staff within the team; they dedicated time to teach me skills like debugging or git.
Shortly after I applied for an apprentice developer role, involving a 3 month intensive Makers Academy bootcamp and then a year working within OPG.
Life as an apprentice
The bootcamp was intense and I learnt a different skill each week, aimed at making me a full stack developer (and also making me dream in code). It gave me a really solid foundation for joining a team and most importantly taught me how to learn.
I’ve been working in my team for 7 months now and it’s amazing. My role requires that I am constantly learning. I get things wrong sometimes, I break stuff but I work in an awesome and supportive team who help me understand where I’ve gone wrong and how to improve.
Interested in coding?
The best advice I was given is to learn one language and learn it well. If you’re unsure what language you want to learn check out this cool infographic.
There are some amazing free resources out there, I’ve linked the main one’s I learnt but if you want to learn a specific skill / language there’s definitely a tutorial somewhere on the internet.
Some great sites working on increasing diversity in tech are:
Promoting a more balanced ratio in the tech industry is not an overnight process, but even small steps can make a big difference when it comes to helping to encourage more women and non-binary people to enter and stay in IT.
Latest News from
Ministry of Justice
Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent30/04/2021 12:17:00
The bill provides protection to millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators.
Longer jail terms and stricter monitoring as new terror laws gain Royal Assent30/04/2021 10:20:00
The biggest shake-up of terrorist sentencing and monitoring in decades has been granted Royal Assent – giving the courts, police and security services greater powers to protect the public.
Virtual conference for UK-Africa legal services23/04/2021 10:15:00
Growing exports for the UK’s prestigious legal services in Africa was the focus of a virtual conference hosted yesterday (22 April) by the Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland.
Sobriety tags launched in England to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime31/03/2021 13:10:00
Sobriety tags and drinking bans aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled crimes launch in England today (Wednesday 31 March), following a successful rollout in Wales.
In Review: The 2020 Justice Services Conference30/03/2021 16:15:00
Blog posted by: Joanne Lumsden and Nikola Goger, 29 March 2021 – Categories: a great place to work, collaboration, Events, Our People.
Nightingale court opens in Bolton stadium30/03/2021 13:05:00
The home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club will begin a new life as a temporary court this week, joining the national effort to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the criminal justice system.
£1 million voucher scheme to help families resolve disputes outside of court29/03/2021 13:15:00
Separating parents will be helped to avoid stressful court battles through a new million-pound mediation scheme launched recently (26 March 2021) by the government.
A simple hiring process is a better hiring process26/03/2021 13:15:00
Blog posted by: Bola Olaofe, 25 March 2021 – Categories: a great place to work, Our services, Recruitment.