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Sarah Barron: Code Institute Graduate

Sarah Barron is a Code Institute graduate who is based in Kilkenny, Ireland. After spending many years in the finance industry, Sarah made the decision to stay at home and take care of her three young children. In the meantime, she has been upskilling in various fields in preparation for returning to the workforce. Learning to code has been part of this journey.

Please introduce yourself

Hi my name is Sarah Barron, I am 37 and live in South Kilkenny, Ireland

Before studying at Code Institute, what did you do?

I spent almost 10 years working in a Credit Union as a cashier and credit controller. After having my third child, I decided to give up work to become a stay at home mam, and that is what I have been doing for the last five years.

Personally, what drew you towards Code Institute?

An ad on Facebook about a 5-day challenge caught my eye, and I decided to give it a go and see what it was all about.

Why did you decide to change your career to Software Development?

When I left school in 2000 I did a computer course, the subject I enjoyed most on that course was Programming. In 2017 when I saw an ad for Code Institute’s 5-day challenge, I decided to give it a go. At the time I had no intention of returning to study, but after doing the challenge I remembered how much I loved coding and it started me thinking about what I would do after all the children were in full-time education. The following week Code Institute contacted me, and after chatting to them about the course, I knew this was something I really wanted to do.

How did your portfolio of projects help secure your career change?

My projects, I feel, will really help me when I begin looking for work in the software area. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words, with my portfolio projects, I can really show a future employer what I can do and not just talk about it.

When you sit down at your new desk, is there a cup of tea or a cup of coffee on it?


Now that you’re a Code Institute graduate, what is a typical day like for you?

As my kids are still young and not all in school yet, I have decided to wait a few more years before I go back to full-time employment. So, for now, instead of letting all that I have learnt in Code Institute become rusty, I have decided to continue with my coding education.

When coding; do you listen to music or podcasts?


How has the ICT sector changed since you’ve started to code?

Technology is always evolving and changing, meaning you are constantly learning and trying to keep up with the latest changes.

Knowing what you know now; what would piece of advice would you like to give yourself before you started your life as a software developer

Go for it, you won’t ever look back.

If you’d like to share your journey since graduating from Code Institute, get in touch through the form below, we’d love to hear from you.