Carolina | Colombia

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First steps in the tech sector

Carolina lived with her family in Ubala, a small town in Colombia. They later moved to Bogota, where she finished high school right before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s when she took her first steps into tech learning about software analysis and development. While scrolling through her Instagram feed, she ran into an ad from Generation Colombia’s Java Development program. “I first hesitated and wondered if it was truly for free, so I kept looking for more information, and after that I realized it was perfect for me, so I applied,” she told us.

Learning to trust herself

Carolina found that the support she received from Generation during the program was very valuable for her, not only for the technical skills she acquired, but also for the behavioral skills. She was able to increase her self-confidence, learn how to work better in a team, and develop a growth mindset. “Generation provided me with the support I needed to know that I can trust myself and my skill set no matter my gender or where I’ve studied,” she explained.

Kickstarting a promising career

Upon graduation, she was thrilled when she found out that she was accepted to join Bancolombia, a full-service financial institution. Now, at 21 years old, when she is reflecting on her Generation experience, Carolina highlights the growth opportunities she was able to access: “Generation helps you develop the hard and soft skills you need in the tech market,” she said.