Allison O'Hanlon | Headspring

Our team is lucky to have some seriously bright and driven women, who represent a rising number of females in the technology field. Built in Austin chose our very own Allison O’Hanlon to join 6 exceptional women voicing their opinions about the state of the tech industry.

We found Allison through our Career Start program after she completed a intensive coding bootcamp at UT. She’s since become an integral part of our development team, an asset to our clients, and an inspiration to fellow women who code (and those of us who don’t!).

Learn how Allison made the switch from Marketing to tech and took control of her own career, with some help from mentors and colleagues. She talks about why Austin is an auspicious place for women in the industry, and how she’s found her stride as a developer in her own right—not just a “girl who codes.”

Check out Allison’s interview below and read the full Built in Austin article here

Allison O’Hanlon, Consultant

Headspring helps companies solve their toughest tech challenges by designing and building custom software. Consultant Allison O’Hanlon shared how the company’s ever-evolving projects are reflective of a culture based on growth and collaboration.

Tell me about your day-to-day work and responsibilities. What is your favorite thing you get to do on a regular basis?

From adding front-end features to creating a continuous integration and delivery pipeline, my day-to-day work depends on the project. The variability of my role is one of the awesome parts of my job, but my absolute favorite thing that I get to do on a regular basis is learn. Most days, that means taking on a new task that will push me to the next level, and I’ve been lucky to have awesome mentors on the team who are always willing and available to help me get there.

If you could go back to the start of your career, what advice would you give yourself?

I was able to pull a 180 in my career from marketing to software development because of an awesome coding boot camp — and a lot of late nights studying after work. I didn’t go into college thinking software development was even a career option, because I was such the stereotypical opposite of what I thought a developer was. I wish I started college knowing that code affects everything, and a career as a developer can open doors across industries.

How would you rate Austin as a city for women in tech?

In my opinion, Austin is an awesome place for women in tech. I’ve found that the Austin tech community is genuinely kind and collaborative — people aren’t hyper-competitive with one another. I feel like there are a lot of advocates for women in tech, from those implementing company initiatives to support women in the industry, to the many female mentors willing to contribute their time and knowledge.

At Headspring, I’m really fortunate to be part of an amazing women’s group, where I can candidly talk through my challenges with women I look up to and work alongside with. What speaks the loudest is that most days, I feel like a developer. Not a female developer. Not a girly-girl developer. Not a token for diversity. In Austin, I’ve discovered that sense of equality.

Read more on Built in Austin: No typical days: What 6 of Austin’s female tech leaders want you to know about the industry

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