Bullish: High-Paying, Women-Friendly Tech Jobs Are Out There (Even if You Majored in Art)

 Bullish: High-Paying, Women-Friendly Tech Jobs Are Out There (Even if You Majored in Art)

Jennifer Dziura writes career and life advice on TheGloss and headquartered on GetBullish.com.

Today’s Bullish features a letter from a reader who is, for once, NOT anonymous, because she did something awesome and everybody should know about it.

Jen,

I’ve emailed with you a couple of times, the last time was in November of last year after I’d been laid off and was considering starting my own business. Anyway, I ended up sending myself to a six month program to learn web development/programming, and have secured a job making $27,560 MORE than I was in my last position. I got the job one month before I even graduated.

The reason I write is that I’d love to reach your readers and share my story, because we need more women in this industry, and I don’t think a lot of people outside the tech world have any idea that these jobs exist, pay really well, and have a TON of openings. More women like me, who are looking to be part of a new paradigm and are unhappy with slogging through the old one, would be a perfect fit. Those same women are undoubtedly Bullish readers! There are lots of web development programs in NY, Chicago, San Francisco and the one I went to in Denver.

Let me know if you’re into it.

Jen Eliuk
Denver, Colorado
jennifereliuk.com
@7maples

Bullish: I am so into it! Your new job pays $27,560 more than you were making previously! I love your exact figure here. As you know, I am all about talking openly about money. On that score, what did you pay for the web development program? Would you factor in lost income as part of the cost of the program? (Was it full-time?)

Jen E.: The program was $20,000; however, I got a scholarship and a grant from the state, so I will only end up paying about $12,000. They offered a payment program so I didn’t have to pay it all up front or anything, just a deposit. Also, I was on unemployment and received higher benefits than usual (50% more) because I was in a training program, so that paid living expenses. That is the much harder cost to cover, six months of living, than even the tuition.

The program was Monday – Friday, 9-4, but an additional 20+ hours per week of project work on top of that. We had weekends “off” (as in no current project to work on) every 2-3 weeks.

Bullish: Were there many other women in your program?

Jen E.: Yes, four others, about 25% women in the program (24 students total). This percentage is higher than industry average. This becomes apparent at meetups and visiting the development offices of some (most?) companies.

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    • Blue

      Thank you, Jens D and E!

    • Joyf

      Gotta chime in – ladies should SERIOUSLY consider learning a math/science job skill if they’ve got any kind of interest or skill in it at ALL. I switched within the same field (education) from doing mostly policy, to doing mostly data analysis which then informs policy – and, like the writer-in above, jumped my salary by 20K and have since gotten another 10K raise (less than a year after the switch). I’m not saying humanities-based skills are worthless – they definitely make me a more valuable employee on the whole – but it’s the “hard skills” that earn bank. Being strong in both sides of the humanities/sciences divide is definitely the way to go, if you can swing it.

      • Jen

        SECONDED.

    • Zora

      Let me add that coursera has some excellent data analysis courses. Computation for Data Analysis, is an R language intro course, not a broad intro of data analysis programs.

    • Elizabeth

      I’ve always kind of thought about learning some sort of technical skill – it’s not my dream career or anything, but my dream career is acting, which currently requires supplementary income. Are there part time/40 hours a week or less/freelance jobs in this field? I’m a bit afraid of being called out for not being serious enough about it, which is fair enough I suppose.

      • Tracy Hurley

        There can be, especially for website creation. Lots of people want websites created but don’t always know how to do it themselves and the expertise is generally needed for only a short time. I’ve had a lot of luck doing freelancing on WordPress and Drupal site design and both have active online communities to guide you.

      • Elizabeth

        Thanks! I’ll definitely look into that.

    • jaimie bisbee

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    • ct

      This article makes me so happy! I made a similar switch. I majored in econ and have been working for the past few years for small startups as sort of an all-purpose business-side employee- a little marketing, a little product, a little data analysis, etc. I had always really enjoyed coding and felt it was a better fit for my personality than what I had been doing, so a few months ago I worked up the courage to ask my company to let me join the engineering team (front-end web development, specifically) and learn on the job. They knew me and knew I was motivated and smart, so they let me do it- it’s only been three months, but I’m already counting it as one of the best decisions of my life. I’m not a very assertive person so it took a lot for me to ask for something so unusual out of the blue, but in retrospect it was a win for the company too- they’re trying to hire all the engineers they can get anyway, and I had the head start of already being very familiar with the product. If you’re in a similar situation, don’t be afraid to ask!

    • kara

      This is great! I love hearing success stories. And really coincidental timing, since I’m learning html! I studied engineering, and gave up on programming after my first programming course full of “brogrammers” as you mention. But now, a decade+ later, working in male dominated fields, I can see there is an opportunity for those who can program but offer other skills in combination as being very marketable!