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Shannon turner

Founder, Hear Me Code

 

And - Speaker. Recognised - The New Power Women of DC Tech (2016)

You don't have to know everything - nobody does - but you do have to be good at learning quickly on the fly.

What do you do?

I am Founder of Hear Me Code, an organisation that provides free, beginner-friendly coding classes to women. I love being a software developer because I really get to let my creativity shine through my code. If I can dream it, I can build it - and in the process end up creating fun projects like metromapmaker.com

Why did you choose this field?

"I really wanted to make a difference in the world."

Being able to teach other people the skills that I've learned is so rewarding, and it's important to create communities where people feel safe and can learn and grow together.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

"Take advantage of [the resources available now]!"

When I was starting out learning to code, there weren't a lot of free resources available to learn, and you needed expensive software. Nowadays, there's so much free software available for anyone to use, and so many resources to help people learn how to code, I wish it had been available when I was younger.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love that working in STEM is challenging - I feel like I get paid to solve difficult puzzles all day. You don't have to know everything - nobody does - but you do have to be good at learning quickly on the fly.

Best advice for the next generation

Try a dozen different things to figure out what you enjoy and pursue it. Don't go it alone - find your community.

Inspo quote

Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed.