An Actress Learns to Code

Funda Istvan on February 26, 2018

"You should definitely think about hybrid positions you might be right for" is what a ‘community builder’ on a tech panel said to me one day, b... [Read Full]
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A very interesting article and well written. I have a degree in history so I have some understanding of what your going through. In many respects though as I have grown as a developer I've found my degree and work outside of development more and more useful, it gives me an edge and perspective that a lot of traditional developers don't have. So don't see your background as a burden it will most likely be a great asset once you have a few years of code work under your belt.

I also liked your remark...

When I sat down in front of my machine, I noticed that nobody tells you your code isn’t skinny enough or ‘relatable’ enough, and so I kept coming back for more.

It's kind of true, certainly when you start coding, it's why I fell in love with code. I would say though be prepared for when they do critique your work. It won't be a negative thing though, one of the best things that can happen to you is finding good mentors. I have been lucky enough to work with some great people who have critiqued my code in an honest and open way and it has been a great help to me. Sometimes I've not always enjoyed what they have said, but I owe them a great debt as I have improved immeasurably thanks to them.

My advice would be to hunt out mentors as much as you can, especially when looking for work, make sure the employer has someone who can teach you something. It will be worth more than the money in the end.

Anyway, keep working hard and I'm sure you'll make a great success of it.


Hey Funda,
thanks for your great story,
keep up the good work.


Question: What lead you to pursue arts in the first place if there was such a clear love for technology?


Excellent question! That other side of me was very passionate too, I suppose...


WOW! I myself is a chemical engineer turned to Computer Science Grad. But, your story is truly inspiring! Kudo to girl power!

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