“We need women’s vision in technology.”

Carla Escobar, programmer “El Talento Digital + Buscado”.

Carla is a young 32-year-old publicist who decided to take the leap into technology through “El Talento Digital + Buscado”, a project we developed together with Factoría F5 and the Employment Agency of Madrid with the aim of training young people in the following areas in the latest technological trends while offering opportunities for inclusion. Currently, Carla is studying the Fullstack Web Development and Cybersecurity bootcamp.

Why were you interested in this bootcamp?

I wanted to reinvent myself, to study something new related to technology that could open other doors for me professionally. But I could not access the bootcamps I saw, they were exorbitantly expensive. Suddenly I received a call from my Employment Office. Fundación Tomillo and Factoría F5 offered one 100% free and with Cybersecurity! I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a very good opportunity to start from scratch.

What is special about it compared to other formations?

We are a very diverse team, people from very different personal and professional backgrounds who have met at this common point, which is helping me to learn about other areas and perspectives within technology. In addition to learning to program from scratch and with a methodology very different from other study centers, they are teaching us to work under pressure and to adapt to new projects and technologies in a very short time.

What challenges are you facing in this bootcamp?

The constant change of technologies has been hard, I have never had to start from scratch so many times. I had some idea of HTML and CSS, but I had never touched anything programming, so when I started this training, everything was new, you learn a new language and when you are starting to understand it, you start with a new one and sometimes it’s a bit frustrating. But when I think about what I knew 4 months ago when I started and compare it to what I know now, I am amazed at how much I have learned. Not only technologies, but to work on different projects and with different people and teams.

On the other hand, frustration tolerance and conflict resolution have always been a struggle for me. I am also working on these aspects in this bootcamp and I know that when I leave, this experience will be useful for my professional life as well as for my personal environment.

What does it mean to you to be part of this group and this bootcamp?

I come from the world of advertising and working in a team is the norm. But constantly changing colleagues for new projects means that you have to adapt faster, take on your role and support your team when someone has a problem. This experience allows us to get to know each other better, understand the other person’s way of working and adapt it to yours. In this bootcamp I am realizing the great importance of companionship, working together we learn much more and that shows in the result.

As a student and future female professional in the technological world, what obstacles have you detected and still need to be overcome?

There is still a long way to go to change the perception of women as professionals in the technology sector. It is true that there are more men than women in this field but, sometimes, it seems that men with similar skills in technology capture the attention of companies and society earlier, despite the fact that many women have the same or more capabilities. So, if you are a woman and you are thinking of giving yourself a chance in the industry, I encourage you to do so. We need more women in technology to bring our vision and to show what we can do.

What are your plans for the short and medium term? Where would you like to work?

My idea is to be able to combine what I am learning in the bootcamp with my experience in advertising, since it is quite related. Although working in development as a Frontend developer is something that also excites me.

What would you say to people who are reading you and are hesitating whether to train in this field?

I would tell them that if they are looking to train in a profession with a future, don’t hesitate and sign up. It is a unique opportunity for those who want to start from scratch in the IT sector and do not have the means to afford it.