What first sparked your interest in programming/tech?
Since I was young. I liked computers very much and basically everything
that had to do with technology. I knew quite early that I would certainly do a
technical education, that's why I studied Systems Engineering. After graduating,
I started working in "Networking". I worked with Structured Cabling Systems
and the installation of fiber optic cables. I moved to The Netherlands from
Venezuela (Where I am from) and for a long period of time I didn’t work.
After a while, I wanted to do something again. I knew it would be very
difficult to find a job in The Netherlands as professional in my field.
I remembered how much I liked programming back in the University, so in
programming, I saw a chance to find a job or start working as a freelancer.
That's why I started to teach myself programming: day in and day out, doing
online courses, watching youtube tutorials, practicing and doing! It was
important that I found it super fun and luckily I got it quickly under control.
What is your specialty?
I am a Freelance Full-Stack Web Developer and Web Designer,
but big part of my work is Front-End development. Most of my projects
are on Wordpress and Shopify. I develop custom websites and do theme
CSS and Mysql.
What was your first application?
When I was learning, I did a Wordpress website for a family.
But my first website development was a Real Estate website in Joomla.
I did the design, back-end and front-end. It was a nice learning experience.
From that moment on I had no doubts, I wanted to make web development and web
design my profession.
Out of all of your projects, which are you the most proud of? Why?
To be honest, I am very proud of all my projects. I have done a
couple nice projects in Shopify for LA clients. They are really satisfied
and give me new projects or recommend me to a new clients. It’s rewarding to
have happy customer, that appreciate your work and that make me proud.
What are your professional goals?
I want to learn so many languages, unfortunately
I don’t have the time. But App development is something that I
would love to learn. Right now I am just a freelancer. But I would
like to grow as a company with a developer team.
What challenges have you faced, as a woman in tech?
I have more female customers than men, so I notice that women have
less trouble to hire a female programmer. Sometime dealing with men customers,
I get the feeling that they are questioning my skills as Web Developer because
I am a woman. It seems like being a woman, you need to work harder to prove
that you are capable and that is something that need to change.
What advice can you give to women and men that are looking to get into the
People must realize that there are very nice professions in technology.
The stereotypical image of ugly nerds or only men in tech should just be over.
If you want to become a developer, first look around you. There are so many
online courses to get around. Just try and do it! You do not have to go to
university or have a mathematics background to become a good and successful
Web Developer. You must have the discipline to continue. It is just a matter
of practicing and not giving up.