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Why I made the career change from Registered Nurse to Web Developer

Junior high. Yes, think back to those awkward pre-teen years. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a nurse. In science class, we were learning about general human anatomy (muscles, bones, veins, etc.) and I found it fascinating. I’ve always loved helping people and naturally care about and empathize with others so I figured if I put these qualities together with my interest in anatomy, nursing would be the perfect career choice. Right?

Well I thought it was right… Unfortunately, once I made this huge life decision (remember, I was only in 6th grade!), I put the blinders on. I didn’t explore my other options. When I got to college, I immediately signed up for all the pre-nursing courses and eventually applied to and was accepted into nursing school.

While in nursing school, I enjoyed all my classes. My interest in how the body functions hadn’t changed since junior high. What I realized however, was I didn’t enjoy bedside nursing. What I mean is, I didn’t enjoy my clinical rotations; actually working with patients! I always thought this would have been my favorite part about being a nurse.

I started to understand the old saying, “You never know until you try.” What I always thought would be the perfect career for me, I discovered was not for me after all after actually trying it.

Although I know there plenty of nursing opportunities out there that do not include working directly with patients (trust me, I’m pretty sure I’ve looked into them all!), this self-discovery made me re-evaluate what I want in a career, what my interests are, what I’m passionate about, and what profession might be a better fit for my personality type. This was an interesting time for me considering I had never really taken a step back to explore my options after I had put the blinders on all those years ago.

After A LOT (and I mean a lot!) of self-reflection, I found coding. Before jumping down the same rabbit hole into a career I thought I’d love, I practiced coding on websites like Codecademy, took an introductory course at the local community college, and spoke to a few family members and friends in the industry. This was all over the course of a few years. I wanted to be sure.

Last year, I decided that enough was enough. I loved coding. The more I put off making the career change, the longer I would be unhappy. So I went for it. I quit my job and enrolled in a 12-week coding bootcamp where I learned full stack web development. It was the best decision I ever made. I LOVED it and couldn’t get enough.

I recently completed the program and am on the hunt for my first job as a developer. I am so excited for the journey ahead and have no doubt this is the path I was meant to be on all along.

My Takeaways

  1. You can make a big change in your life at any time. Whether it’s a career change, choosing to quit smoking, being a better friend, etc. You just have to take the plunge and do it!
  2. Don’t be afraid of change. Yes, it’s scary at times, but life would be boring if you stayed on the carousel and never got off to try the rollercoaster. Sometimes the ups and downs are much more rewarding and life-changing. That’s how you learn and grow.
  3. It’s always a good idea to take time to stop and reflect. Have your priorities in life changed? Are you where you want to be in life? What would make you happier? What would you need to do to get there? Remember, you are constantly growing as a person. Make sure your dreams and goals keep up!

How about you? Have you ever made a drastic career change? Or are you considering making one (or another big life change)in the near future? I’d love to hear about it!

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