Ildikó Fekete: a Literature Teacher Who Built Her Own App

I’m Ildikó Fekete, mother of two. I graduated as a literature teacher,
but I’m a coder now. I was expecting my first child
when complications arose and my doctor advised me to stay at home for the rest of my pregnancy. I decided to quit my job, but I didn’t want to sit at home doing nothing. Then, my husband and I had to move for his job. We faced a lot of new challenges
during this time. That’s when I realised I could never
go back to my old job. It was through an internet search
that I found this opportunity to be sponsored by Google to study via the Udacity website. It sounded perfect for me and I signed up. We learned how to build apps
for Android devices, how to create the layout
and code in Java. I really enjoyed the support
provided through the Udacity online course. I have created the GreenFeet app which can calculate our carbon footprints. After my children were born, I noticed how much more rubbish we were producing. I didn’t think I’d ever be able
to create my own app, one that’s connected
to protecting the environment, one that really matters
and can impact other people’s lives. I think programming
gives us the opportunity to be creative. Being a “coding mum” is difficult but amazing. I’m confident that getting certified
through Udacity’s online courses will make it easier for me to find work
that’s compatible with my life as a mum.

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