Why I took a break from being a Dentist to learn to be a Software Developer.

Maybe i’m being a bit dramatic, but at a deeper level, I felt this massive cognitive bias to keep being a Dentist. Maybe it was the 300k in debt, 6 years of education (on top of undergraduate studies), or that i’ve been doing it for the last 6 years. But this year, I took the personal challenge to stop drilling teeth and learned to code.

First I sold my business, paid off all my debts, and moved to another city with a better tech community that supported coding “bootcamps”.

Then I realized the craziest thing….I didn’t miss Dentistry at all! I literally just let it all go and began my journey to learning how to code software.

First I started with TeamTreehouse. Great videos, nice platform, good momentum. I took some Freecodecamp just to mix it up. I started watching tons of YouTube videos on coding, software development, and getting into a community online that supported my decision. I even started up a Youtube Channel Dentist2Developer to document my journey through the process.

I’m now 6 weeks through a coding bootcamp with Lighthouse Labs and about to start my final project over the next 2 weeks.

So why did I leave behind the life of a Dentist so easily?

3 things:

  1. Leverage. In Dentistry, it is very difficult to leverage your time. You are locked down in a schedule and it is not very easy to just work from somewhere else. Right now I do what I want most days. It’s AWESOME.
  2. I love technology and software. I just do. I can’t explain it. I think the tech industry is rad and I want to be a part of it.
  3. I wanted to know what “if I had enough money, what would i do” felt like. I had enough money…..So I did what I wanted to do. I wanted to make my passion for technology a priority and so I did. I can always pull teeth any time I want right?
  4. The world is changing and I wanted to prepare my 4 children for it. The best way I knew how to do that is to show them. So here you go kids! Learn to code. Love, Dad.

After this bootcamp I am starting up a software development company, investing in bitcoin, and will do Dentistry part time. I don’t really know exactly what comes next, but whatever happens, I do not regret taking a long break from Dentistry at all. In fact, I highly recommend it for anyone who is a professional.

Just leave. Go do something you’ve been curious and interested in. I promise you that your career will be right there waiting for you when you are done.


Kamea Lafontaine

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