From Photoshop to a first in computer science
Gowthami is a web developer at Eastpoint and has been coding professionally since 2012, with a break to complete a Masters in Computer Science.
When did you first become interested in IT?
I started using a computer when I was 12 and was really interested in PowerPoint and Photoshop.
You have a degree in mechanical engineering. Why did you choose this course?
At home, I helped my dad to repair gadgets around the home. I've been very innovative since childhood, and always try to think of things in a unique way.
But that wasn't the only reason I chose it. There is a belief in my place that mechanical engineering is more for men, not women. I wanted to prove that what they believe is wrong.
Also, it’s not a conceptual field where you have to imagine . You can actually see what’s happening.
When did you become interested in coding?
In my engineering course we had modules in subjects like the C language and Java. I still remember how much I enjoyed spending time programming. I lost myself in the computer labs, discussing programming with my classmates.
When I finished my undergraduate degree, I knew I wanted to go into software rather than mechanical engineering.
What did you like about it?
I loved writing logic and thinking of possible scenarios to achieve a task. I am eager to find new things to learn and get my hands dirty.
What was your first job in software?
In the beginning I was a front-end designer, with some development. From that I got another job in software development. I would have errors and bugs in my code, and it was frustrating, but I knew I had chosen the right path. I wanted to improve my knowledge so I studied for a Masters in Computer Science and I got a first class degree.
In the UK, there is a push to get more girls and women into STEM careers, including coding. When you became a coder, were there still more men studying, as there was for mechanical engineering?
In India, there is an equal interest between men and women for programming. There seemed to be less women in IT when I came to the UK.
Growing up, prior to your degree, were you aware of coding as a career?
I did know about software as a career, but I never thought I would become a developer until I found myself interested in coding. I never learned any coding stuff before my degree, but I used to learn MS DOS. Just for fun!