We are traditionally praised for what we know, not what we learn, but it’s often the latter that is more rewarding. That’s why at Trustly, we’re big fans of Pink Programming, a non-profit organization that aims to foster an environment where women feel empowered to discover the joy of programming, make new friends and help each other become better developers.
The organization puts on Pink Programming Sunday events in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. This past weekend, we had the honor of hosting the Stockholm event and welcomed more than 50 women interested in the coding community to our headquarters.
“At Trustly, we believe true innovation comes from diversity of thought, which is why we are thrilled to host Pink Programming Sunday and welcome women of all ages and backgrounds to our office,” said Rikki Thornton, Marketing Events Coordinator at Trustly.
The beauty of Pink Programming is that it lowers the barriers to learning. No matter what level of your experience, everyone stands to learn something from the others around them. This is especially important in a fast-changing field like computer science because if you stagnate, you’ll fall behind.
“It’s a great way to meet women who are both at similar places in their programming journey and those much more advanced for a peek at where learning these new skills can take you,” said Patricia DiBenedetto, a first-time Pink Programmer who recently moved to Stockholm from New York.
Over the course of the day, attendees connected with other women in the industry, collaborated on projects and, of course, enjoyed a healthy lunch. Those who were completely new to programming got started with beginner tutorials on Pink Programming’s blog.
Two Trustly employees spoke after lunch, detailing their experiences in computer science.
Erika Johansson, Trustly’s Database Team Lead, kicked things off by talking about her meandering career path in computer science. Ultimately, she advised, “I hope that you all find the right company instead of the right role. It’s so important to find a company that will help you grow into or even create the role you want. Don’t worry so much about finding the perfect role off the bat.”
Next up, Therese Askling, a Junior Java Developer at Trustly, talked about her studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and life at her first job out of school. “You think of coding as a very solitary job, but at Trustly you are never alone and there are always people around who can help you tackle a problem,” she said.
Are you a woman interested in learning to code but not sure how? Here are a few resources to get you started:
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