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I made a full career transition within two weeks after finishing the course

Jeanette used to work as a trend researcher with a background in social anthropology. Now she’s a junior frontend developer and feels empowered by her newly acquired skill set, which has enabled her to be more creative in her worklife.

Hi Jeanette, tell us a bit about yourself. What makes you you?

I’m originally from the North of Sweden and moved to Stockholm around 15 years ago. I have two kids. People tell me I’m the stereotype of a person from the North: self-controlled, calm.

While that is true, I’m good at challenging myself to try new stuff and get out of my comfort zone.

This is one of the qualities that made me travel to an isolated island in the South Pacific to do fieldwork during my master studies and this is a contributing factor to why I applied to Technigo and am where I am today. In both (and many other) cases, I was nervous as hell but pushed myself to make it happen. Today I’m grateful I did and I’m sure I will continue to challenge myself in the future.

“It’s all about observing the world around you, spotting the changes that are happening and how they affect people.”

What did you do before you learned coding?

I was working as a trend analyst. I was basically doing research and writing reports on my findings. I wrote a lot about digitalisation and tech trends. My main focus was on consumer tech trends.

My background is in social anthropology and trend research is something I ventured into afterwards — it’s all about observing the world around you, spotting the changes that are happening and how they affect people.

When did it first occur to you that you’d like to educate yourself in frontend?

I’d had it in the back of my head for a long time. It was probably 10 years ago now that I tried an evening course in basic programing. The course itself didn’t suit me so I never finished it, but I kept the wish to learn coding some day. I’m fascinated by the skill itself.

A year ago I signed up for Tjejer Koder’s online course. There I learned the basics of HTML, CSS and Javascript. I really enjoyed that and had a lot of fun. After I did that I kept an eye on the Tjejer Koder’s newsletter and that’s when I first learned about Technigo. Once that had attached itself to my mind, I kept thinking about making a change in my career.