I hadn't had any contact to programming ever. As a neuroscientist, I performed data analyses with Excel. Yes, I can see the rolling eyes, of every programing capable scientist who has had to do with such semi-pros and ther extensive excel sheets.
I had programmers as colleagues back then, and from those I learned, that with tools such as MatLab, data analysis is so much easier, powerfull and fun. I wanted to learn how to do that as well and found out how much creativity lays in there.
But instead of learning MatLab I stumbled over some online courses for HTML and CSS and then there was no turning back.
Over a period of some years which started around 2010 – and felt much like a rollercoaster ride – I have taught myself the basic skills of webdevelopment and found my first job as a frontend developer in 2014.
Around 2012, together with admirable other women in tech, I started to organise meetups and workshops for beginners as a local chapter of the RailsGirls.
We later formed the "Techettes". Read morehere.