A Swift Transition

I thought that life would be easier once I quit my job and got an extra 40 hours a week to get stuff done. I was wrong. I had grown so accustomed to juggling work and Thinkful that I could do it in my sleep. This week consisted of packing, finishing up the rest of the Thinkful curriculum, doing coding practice challenges, getting my resume together, meeting with career coaches, and applying for jobs. All the while, random people were coming over to my house to pick up various pieces of furniture I gave away for the move.

Yeah, needless to say, this was one of the most hectic weeks I’d had in a long time. Amazingly, I’ve finished packing and most of my furniture is gone. The one thing that I haven’t been able to do as much as I wanted to do was coding challenges. I’ve worked on a few algorithms involving arrays and linked lists, but not as much as I’ve wanted. As with everything else I’ve learned since joining Thinkful, I’m sure I’ll get better at it with time.

In less than 48 hours, I will be making the leap and moving back to California. I would have never gotten to this point if it wasn’t for Thinkful. As someone just entering the field, I am definitely experiencing a certain level of Imposter Syndrome. If I didn’t have the structure of a curriculum, I would have never felt “ready” to start applying for jobs, no matter how many personal projects I complete. Ready or not, here we go!

This week may not have gone quite according to plan, but when do they ever? I made progress in applying for jobs and I know what I need to work on to get my coding interview skills up to speed. I won’t get much computer time between Monday and Wednesday this week, but once I’m settled in California, I’ll be ready to hit the ground running with a new routine. I can’t say this enough, but I owe a lot to my mentor, Rachel and my dear friend, Elias, who encouraged me to join Thinkful and has been super supportive.

Thanks for reading!