"I foolishly thought coding was for men good at maths."
Zoe Thomas, 29, from Caerphilly, felt like she needed a new challenge but never thought she could work with computers.
But after enrolling on a night course in coding she switched careers from customer service to software engineering for an insurance firm.
"I never thought I could do it but it's honestly the best decision I've ever made," she said.
"Because I studied media, psychology and English at A-level I just didn't think I'd end up here," explained Zoe, who works for Veygo Insurance in Cardiff. .
"I now help make the website function, adding features and sorting any problems that arise, and I really love it."
Latest ONS figures show women make up 31% of the wider technology industry, but for software developers, web design professionals and data analysts the proportion is far lower at just 18%.