Coding: My Journey to Change Career

Why did I start coding? I have always enjoyed technology, but I began to ask myself ‘what if I could do more for my career?’

Choosing the Wrong Degree

Like many, I went to college and enjoyed it, but I wasn’t sure what to study, so I focused on the easiest thing I could do but also enjoyed: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I felt immense pressure now that I had made it to college: WHAT DO I DO HERE? I didn’t have real guidance on how to navigate it or how to choose a degree that could give me the career that I was told I’d have. Limiting my beliefs that I couldn’t possibly study engineering or computer science, I cheated myself out of a real learning opportunity. Somewhere along my high school journey, I learned that finishing college with any degree meant automatic success; I was wrong.

Get Uncomfortable & Start Coding

Most of us will become complacent at our jobs and aspire for nothing more. Many of us will wait for a miracle job offer to land on our laps, but that will most likely not happen. We have to put actual effort into changing our lives. This means sacrificing time and staying away from doing things we enjoy to secure our future. At least until we reach our goals.

I started to code because I was done being comfortable.

Web development was introduced to me by a very close friend of mine who is now a software developer and my mentor. He was feeling very much like me and took matters into his own hands. After coding lightly at his primary job and freelancing on the side, he took the plunge to drop everything to focus on developing web-based software full-time.

It was through watching him go from feeling unfulfilled with his job to the lead developer at a top Inc 5000 and rapidly growing immigration visa company located in Las Vegas, that I realized I needed to make a change now and started my journey into the world of software. As a result, I now spend all my free time learning. You should too.

Coding Resources

I began my coding journey on free websites where I could learn on my free time. If you’re not sure what language to start with, check out Tassia’s post here.

Free Code Camp
Khan Academy
Udemy
Udacity
Coursera

Don’t be afraid to spend a little cash on an online course if it means you get to learn more. I’m currently taking the Web Developer Bootcamp on Udemy with Cold Steele. This course works with HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript and jQuery. I have found this to be one of the most useful courses so far.

Need some more tips? Check out Francisco’s guide here.

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