Sajni Chandaria

Sajni Chandaria | CodeBytes

Sajni Chandaria

I'm a self-taught coder who has founded a start-up, CodeBytes, with a mission to make learning web development freely accessible for everyone to help empower more women to feel confident switching to a career in tech.

After moving into the Tax Data & Analytics team at PwC, I noticed the lack of gender diversity, especially in senior management positions. Whilst in this role, I would often talk to colleagues in these internal teams, and would hear how my female colleagues in particular, were more hesitant to upskill their Data & Analytics skills. This is when I successfully established PwC UK’s Women in Data network with one of my colleagues, to help empower women to feel comfortable working with data.

We would hold monthly training sessions for the members that also included open and honest conversations with female leaders in the tech industry around topics such as tackling imposter syndrome and how to succeed in male dominated environments. At the time I left PwC, we had grown the network to over 200 members.

I realised that without PwC's resources, I would have to pay expensive fees for coding bootcamps to gain the same level of experience, which is a huge barrier of entry for starting a career in the tech industry. This is when I decided to create CodeBytes. My aim is to make learning web development freely accessible to everyone.

I have now left my corporate tech role at PwC to grow CodeBytes so that everyone is able to learn and gain experience for free, to help empower more women to feel confident switching to a career in tech.