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There was a time when the thought of a developer conjured up images of a dark room full of graduates in hoodies. Times have changed, but the perception lingers. As too does the presumption that it’s a male dominated industry.  

Mobile app developer for 6B, Daniel Edwards challenges this attitude, explaining that the sector is now full of possibility for those serious about a career in the sector, irrelevant of gender.

Daniel comments: “I remember it well. The suggestion that developers were geeks, usually men and spent much of the time in a dark room wearing headphones unable to communicate confidently off screen.

“Like any industry, we attracted this reputation and it stuck, but things have moved on massively since then.

“Coding has become an accepted term, and although often referred to in its most basic form, there is a greater understanding of what can be achieved when you work with a professional developer. There has also been a lot of work done with STEM subjects at schools and colleges. Particularly opening up the dialogue to young women to showcase the appeal of a job in tech.”

Providing insight into the complex skills that a developer needs and the technical knowledge, Daniel explains why this should encourage rather than deter anyone who wants a career in the industry.

He comments: “The reality is that you need to be a multilinguist. That is, you have to be able to write code in different technical languages and speak to customers too. This isn’t a skillset that is driven by gender, it is about commitment, attitude and willingness to learn.

“When I went to University, you would learn a bit of everything and then decide what you wanted to specialise in. Anything else, you learnt on the job. With access to the Libraries and Frameworks that we have now, such as React Native, a junior developer could come in and work on a wide range of projects, from mobile applications to websites and web-apps.

“This makes them a more versatile member of the team, while also giving each candidate the opportunity to work across a variety of projects on multiple platforms. Never has there been a better time to grasp at the chance to work in an industry that literally never stops evolving.”

Daniel explains how opening up the talent pool and providing opportunity for a generation of developers can also benefit business.

 He comments: “Having so many developers that can work across several projects at once impacts positively on outputs. Knowing that we can have a truly diverse mix of personalities, with different thoughts and experiences, makes our job all the more exciting.

“You don’t want to work with a team of clones that will churn out the same old stuff. We want innovative ideas that are influenced by the people working on that project. Male or female shouldn’t come into it. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute and to make a difference.”

Daniel explains that although these changes are positive, they don’t make development any the less complicated. As you still need specialist knowledge and technical skills when you work on larger scale projects, he explains why this should encourage future talent, male and female, to want a career as a developer.

He comments: “While it sounds like we have taken several languages and created just one simple dialogue between all platforms that isn’t the case. Access to frameworks certainly gives developers greater scope and opportunity to work across a range of projects, but when it comes to larger scale briefs, the need to be a specialist remains.

“As the purpose of coding has become better understood, with websites having greater functionality and businesses using apps to create value and to support customer experience, client expectations have also followed suit.

“It’s no longer about putting five pages together with a gallery and a video. Organisations now recognise that their website reflects their brand. There is a direct correlation between the perception a shopper will give from an online experience as from a face-to-face interaction. If the functionality isn’t there or the navigation is poor, then it will leave a bad impression.

“For me, the significance of what a developer can create is now better appreciated than ever before. Seeing more female developers coming into the business just enhances that further. I would expect this to encourage the next generation of talent to consider a career in tech.

“I can think of nothing better than working in a job that pushes boundaries and challenges my capabilities to become the best that I can be in a truly diverse team of people, all with something different to bring to the table.”

6B is a development agency working across a range of private and public sector accounts. The company is a 30-strong team of digital specialists. For more information about the agency and its work, please visit: https://6bdigital.com/


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