There will be 1.4M open computer science jobs by 2020, yet less than 3% are projected to be filled by women. At Revature we believe in leading the way and increasing the number of women in technology. Because of this, we extended our strategic partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) to include Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY) on several initiatives designed to increase the number of women working in technology.
A result of this partnership is Revature’s first industry-aligned coding program exclusively for women. Seven women with various backgrounds came together in September 2017 to begin their journey to becoming highly-skilled Java developers.
Brooklyn native AnnMarie graduated from The City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College with a degree in English in June 2017.
In 2016, AnnMarie had begun working in a new department at the university.
“It was never an inclination of mine but I ended up working at my school in a special department that was just starting up called Emerging Technologies. We were building and standardizing online courses and structuring them in a way that would be beneficial for the effective transfer of information from faculty to their students. We’re learning in such a different age than they learned in so it’s a little different to teach that. We were tailoring courses for today’s learner.”
After graduation AnnMarie learned about Revature. Because of her new interest in development, she decided to apply. She was accepted into the Revature SEED program, a two-week intensive coding course, that provides a basic coding foundation. After completing that program, she entered into the 10-week immersion training.
“I came through SEED because I had no coding experience so that was a big challenge. There’s a learning curve but I told myself I would overcome it.”
An additional benefit of Revature was the CUNY partnership and the New York City location.
“I think it’s all really dynamic. For me personally, it’s really convenient to have it in New York City. But I do think that it’s really incredible that Revature is able to have these additional locations outside of Reston. It provides greater reach and means Revature can do more in other communities. New York is diversity. If that’s what you are looking for, you’ve definitely come to the right place.”
The 10-week course proved to be both challenging and rewarding.
“In the beginning, I came in having no idea what to expect. I knew it was going to be a lot of work and that it was going to be a challenge to overcome a learning curve. I was also excited. Where I came from with my previous job, I had become excited about technology and how people could craft something that was so intuitive for what they’re looking for.”
“I’ve definitely learned to look at success and failure in very different ways. I’ve learned to try and take my ego out of it. I have to separate my personal confidence level from how well or how badly I’m doing with that particular week’s work. That’s a hard thing to do. It’s been a challenge but I think that I’ve grown so much from it. What I think is amazing is that I haven’t just grown in terms of technical skills, but personally I’ve gained so much from this experience that I have no idea if I would have gotten the skills—or how long it would have taken me to get them—outside of this group.”
“Revature has afforded me this extraordinary chance to do something I may otherwise have never gotten into.”
Advice to New Associates
“Don’t come in with any illusions that the training is going to be easy, even if you have coding experience. Know that it’s going to be a huge challenge. Be prepared to fail 100 times. Check your ego at the door. Come in ready to work and ready to learn, because there’s so much to learn. Expect a crash course in real life. You can’t get through it by yourself.
“You’re going to forge relationships with the people you come in with, really learn how to work together. Come in with excitement. Be enthusiastic. It’s definitely worth it.”
Closing the Technology Gender Gap
Before starting her training, AnnMarie didn’t initially realize the magnitude of importance her group of all-female software engineers was.
“I didn’t realize the revolution that we’re starting here.”
“I think it’s an age-old question – women not having quite the same opportunities as men. That’s something that really excites me about what Revature is doing, in trying to get more women in the technology field. I think that rectifying the industry is a really great thing to do. It’s not just that it’s equal opportunity or moving toward equal opportunity, but it’s also that everybody uses technology. The people who dominate the work industry aren’t the only people consuming the services that they provide, so the more you know about your consumers the better you can tailor your product to them.”
“I think that when it comes to technology it’s the same exact thing. If you know what your consumers are looking for then you can give it to them. And who better to give it to them, to design these kinds of programs, to build these kinds of programs, than the people who are using them?”
“Diversifying the tech industry is all about getting the people who are actually using the programs to build them. They know what the consumers think like, what they’re looking for, and can build programs that are tailored to that.”
“I am thrilled to have had the opportunity Revature has provided to train as a software engineer and join the industry as a developer. The knowledge I have gained in such a short amount of time is truly remarkable. While I will go through my entire career constantly learning new skills and concepts, Revature has provided me with an excellent, well-rounded foundation that will give me context for everything I do beyond this point. My trainer was excellent, upper management was hands on, and I never doubted that my success would be Revature’s success. The company and all the people here invested in me so that I could invest in myself. My training here has developed me professionally and personally, and will also serve as a base for my professional network. I am so excited to see what I do next!”