SheCodes, she blogs...

A 'return to work' and 'informally trained' Woman in Tech.

An open and honest account of progressing from a self-taught solo coder to an agile software developer. All content and views expressed in this blog are my own.

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The Entrepreneur ‘Crazy’

I’m in the middle of wallpapering my garden office. I’ve been ‘wallpapering’ since the end of August. “Big deal” I hear you say, “what makes that a blogpost?” It’s a blogpost because this is no ordinary wall. And this is no ordinary wallpaper. Let me explain.

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The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2018

My biggest prize claim to date was a set of tea plates in a harvest festival village raffle, ooh over twenty years ago. Imagine my shock when Direct Line Business Insurance contacted me to say that I’d won their twitter competition bagging a prize for travel, accommodation and two tickets to the Festival of Female […]

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An Unconventional Path into Tech

I took part in a panel discussion this week, organised by the HSBC Digital team at CodeNode London, exploring the issues around diversity in tech. I’ve only sat on a few of these events and always come away wishing I’d said more. So here are my afterthoughts…

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From Night Owl to Lark

It’s Ada Lovelace Day. A time to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM. I’ve spent my morning commute into London pondering on this. As a mother, a wife, a returner holding down a full time position and a tech startup founder, being a women in STEM is damn hard. But I love it.

Network, I need your help!

I need your help to find inspirational women who would be happy to be featured, who’ve made the transition into the tech industry in their mid 40s – 50s and are now coding for their day job.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper presenting From Pantomime Donkey to Unicorn Designer Tech Talk at FullStackCon 2018, London

Tinker, Tailor, Conference Speaker

I’ve broken my fear of being a first time conference speaker delivering a tech talk at FullStack London. Although I didn’t want to do this, I knew that at some point I would have to. Back when I was tinkering with code, learning from home, I wanted to find role models of people doing the same. Did older women successfully retrain and move across into tech?

Documenting your code – a luxury or a necessity?

Documenting your code is a marmite topic, a quick google search spews forth articles either dead against the idea or all for it, there’s no room for sitting on the fence.

Why Taking a Day Job Doesn’t Mean I’ve Failed as a Startup Founder

I’m a co-founder of an early stage startup. But I’ve made the decision to get myself a full time job. Am I mad? No. Have I failed? Emphatically not. So what’s the deal?

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Me, Myself and Imposter Syndrome

It’s never a good time ahead when Little Miss Imposter Syndrome pays a visit. But I’ve sent her packing back to where she came from.

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How I landed my first tech job at age 48

So I landed my first tech job. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy, and I almost gave up. But I’m glad I didn’t and this is a list of 7 tips on what worked to get me through.