Carla Drago


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!


 

Find supportive communities. Find experienced people who you respect and who can mentor you. Expect it to be difficult – programming requires a LOT of mental fortitude. Don’t be scared of asking questions. No developer, no matter how experienced, knows everything.

Name: Carla Drago
Job: Software Developer
Website: carladrago.com 
Twitter: @carlaD

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

I was born in Sydney, Australia, and my family are Italian. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Film Theory and Production), a Masters of Interactive Multimedia, and a Doctorate of Creative Arts, all from the University of Technology, Sydney.

How did you get to know about Rails Girls Berlin?

It was through Open Tech School I think.

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

I wanted to learn software development and thought that learning with other women would be a nice environment to do so. I also hoped to meet interesting people as iI had only just moved to Berlin.

Had you any previous programming experiences before?

I had studied a bit of Computer Science at university and worked professionally as a Producer/Product Manager on digital projects, which required high-level knowledge about relevant software technology.

How did you continue learning?

I joined a weekly study group, the @rubymonstas

What was the biggest obstacle during your learning process?

Feeling as though I would ever be able to learn it.

When and how did you decide to change your profession?

In the early 2000s I could tell that digital technology would transform traditional media, and shifted my professional focus accordingly. Once I was working in the digital industry I understood quickly that I wanted the skills developers had, so that I could build the things that they could.

Were you afraid of that step? If so, how do you think about it in retrospective? Was there a reason to be afraid?

No I wasn’t afraid. I really loved being able to program and knew I would be happy doing it.

What do you like the most about your new profession?

My colleagues.

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

Find supportive communities. Find experienced people who you respect and who can mentor you. Expect it to be difficult – programming requires a LOT of mental fortitude. Don’t be scared of asking questions. No developer, no matter how experienced, knows everything.

Your extra question from Carolina Garcia:  In which free software project would you love to take part??

Do you mean Open Source software project?

The company I work for, Travis CI, open source much of their software, so I’m already taking part in this open source project.

Apart from that I’d also like to learn more about video technology. I have my eye on VLan – VLC video player project…

 

We thank Carla 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.