Figuring out what I wanted.

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I thought I knew what I wanted to do. It was my last year in high school and I had zero idea what I wanted to study in post-secondary school. It also didn’t help in we had to choose almost a year prior which university/college we wanted to attend and which field of study to go into. I’ve always wanted to have something to do with computers and technology. Growing up, video games were a big part of my life and its where I made a lot of good friends and had a lot of good memories. I always knew I wanted to work close with computers one day. But I never knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I ended up in the Business Technology Management program at Ryerson University, which was a mix of business classes with an addition of Information Technology courses. I thought I would end up focusing on a business career after graduation like a marketing or accounting job, but truthfully I was not enjoying those courses. What I did find interesting were more of the Information Technology courses which included Database Management, Cyber Security, Enterprise Architecture and finally Web Development and Management.

Fast forward to 2020, I had graduated with my bachelor’s degree but I had absolutely zero working experience related to my field. This was also the time when COVID-19 was on the rise and thus a lot of businesses were transitioning from in person to remote work from home.

I had no idea what field I wanted to work in, nevertheless if I even had a choice to choose because of my lacking work experience. I knew I wanted to work with computers and thus I had narrowed my options down to Cyber Security and Web Development.

At first I was really interested in cyber security but the idea of going through another year of school just to have zero working experience again was daunting to me so that was off the line. That was when I was recommended web development from my brother, who was working as a backend developer at the time. The main reason what pulled me into this was that there were a ton of resources and free courses on web development going into HTML, CSS and JavaScript online. After being on the self-taught route of web development I lost focus. I got overwhelmed by all the information some of the courses provided. The lack of application on these free web-dev courses really hit my motivation levels into learning more.

It was then that I was recommended to take a boot camp, where I could learn all the fundamentals of web development in a more structured and professional way. There was still a problem though, my lack of work experience in the field.

That’s when I found out about Juno. I found out along with their web development boot camp, that they offered career services as well which would help a lot for when I would graduate from their boot camp and was in the job search phase.

Before diving into the boot camp, I wanted to take their web development course to see if this was really what I enjoyed, as I was losing motivation on the self-taught route. The difference was evident, as the course was very well structured with plenty of exercises to apply what you have learned.

I never really knew what I wanted. And because of that, I was often recommended things that people think I liked or what they thought was best for me. As of now, I can confidently say that I really love web development. It is not something I am unsure of, or just another recommendation anymore. It is something I want to pursue as a career and it is something I wish I found out about sooner. The concept of solving problems and creating things was always intriguing to me. I am excited to learn even more about web development in my coming weeks of the boot camp.

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Aspiring front-end web developer

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Aspiring front-end web developer

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