Happy International Women’s Day! For those that don’t know, on the 8th March, every year International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the achievements of women, fundraises for women’s charities, and raises awareness of gender equality.
At Circle Interactive we are lucky enough to have several highly skilled women in our client services, HR, web development, and marketing teams. As only 8% of software developers worldwide are women, today we will catch up with one of our talented web developers, Rhiannon, on what her web development career journey has been like so far.
Rhiannon originally studied 3D Product Design at university and was one of only five women on her course. However, she was attracted to the problem-solving and UX aspects of website development and decided to dive in and give it a go.
After studying for an Open University course and self-teaching herself how to code, Rhiannon landed a grad placement at a multimedia company as a web developer.
Today as a member of our development team, Rhiannon works on building Drupal and CiviCRM projects for a range of diverse clients.
Advice to women thinking about careers in web dev:
“You can’t let other people’s perceptions stop you, just jump in, give it a go, and see what it’s like.”
“I’m proud of the previous websites I’ve built, it’s great to be able to look back on them.”
One of IWD’s missions is to “celebrate digital advancement and champion women forging innovation through technology”, find out more about this on their website.
If you are either looking to break into web development or a fully-fledged professional, take a look at Women in Web Dev, a community of over 5,000 female developers which has great learning resources, mentorship, and advice.