There was a moment I realised I was a fish and people would be willing to pay me to swim, so I jumped back into the water and stopped trying to climb a tree.
As I made the change, it all fell into its place. However, I had to go through few steps which were not always easy.
Why did I decide to change career?
As I grew in my previous career (hospitality and hotel management), I felt less and less engaged with the job as moving up and getting experienced, would mean dealing less with the actual administrative work that I enjoyed and more with personal relationship with clients, their wishes, needs, complaints etc. I realised I am not a people’s person and I had chosen the wrong path for my personality.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate people… as much as it’s a common joke in hospitality when you have had enough at the end of the day… if you’ve worked in hospitality, you know.
I started to look inside myself and realise that I enjoy being on my computer, building things, improving them. I have always enjoyed numbers and solving problems. That was the moment it all came together and I remembered my IT professor suggesting me coding classes, a graphic designer I worked with being impressed with my fast understanding of front-end as a completely unexperienced 20 year old marketing assistant, my boss as a sales executive handing me over her website login access without questioning anything…
I started Googling and visiting schools as I decided to enter this new path.
My advices at this stage are:
- Take your time. Know yourself and understand how much time you will need for the change and accept it. You might get excited for your decision and want it to happen yesterday, but don’t force it; don’t push it. Do it properly, with the time that you know you’ll need.
- Don’t let them pressure you. When admissions officers hear from you for the first time, they don’t know how ready you are yet, they only try to convince you for their academy rather than another one, because that’s their job and money talks.
- Compare and choose on your own. If you want to join a bootcamp or a university, take your time to choose it properly and visit few schools. Some might feel more techie, with everything super organised, latest version of devices available, great contacts for graduates, large classes… other might be more familiar, cosier, making you feel closer to the coaches and with smaller classes. You only know the right choice for yourself.