Carolina Garcia – having age, being a woman and wanting to change profession is difficult

Rails Girls Berlin “Wall of Fame”

This a series of interviews with women, who have made their way into coding.
Check out their stories, get inspired!

 

Just do it!, it’s empowering, helps understanding the world we are in, its fun and its needed, specially to develop free software tools with a social impact.

Name: Carolina García
Job: Frontend developer
Website: http://abriraqui.net
Twitter: @carolina

Hi Carolina, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your educational background.

Well, I started studying Maths at the University although I decided to go on to software development when I discovered free software technologies and became aware of the impact that the Internet was going to have in the upcoming years (I’m talking about almost 20 years ago!!!)

How did you get to know about Rails Girls Berlin?

I have done Rails in the past and wanted to get going again on programming in Rails and came to know about Rails Girls, through a friend, that told me „Hey, do you know there is a women group for learning Rails?“ and then I went to the next workshop!

Why did you join the workshop and what was your impression of it afterwards?

As said, I was interested in re-learning Rails and after the workshop I was even more motivated, it was a super workshop in a very friendly atmosphere, which in IT is not so frequent, that you don’t have to compete about how much each one knows but just sharing that knowledge.

Had you any previous programming experiences before?

Yes, I have been programming in an intermittent way.

How did you continue learning?

I did the Rails Girls Summer of Code voluntarily.

What was the biggest obstacle during your learning process?

To find a stable group for learning.

When and how did you decide to change your profession?

In the last years I had been doing consulting in free software solutions for NGOs and cultural institutions, at some point I realized that technologies had been changing a lot and quick, so I decided to put myself hands on, and learn by myself those changes and come to understand where technologies were up to.

Were you afraid of that step?

Yes.

If so, how do you think about it in retrospective?

That everything can be done, but sometimes the times are not the ones one expects.

Was there a reason to be afraid?

Yes, I don’t know if „afraid“ is the right term, but yes, having age, being a woman and wanting to change profession is difficult because you don’t have „previous“ experience that endorse your experience.

What do you like the most about your new profession?

It’s challenging, it’s fun, it’s gratifying to see a result, refactoring and making beautiful code is a delightful and it puts you in the center of what is the new era, the information technology era and enables you to be part of it.

What is your advice to women who want to learn coding?

Just do it!, it’s empowering, helps understanding the world we are in, it’s fun and it’s needed, specially to develop free software tools with a social impact.

Your extra question from Bettina Shzu-Juraschek: What is something you wish you had known about
programming before starting to program?

The speed in which technologies evolves, so that you are always in the need to be updated!!!

We thank Carolina for helping us to inspire more women to get into coding and wish her happy coding. If you want to tell your own story, please get in touch with us.