Bare with me, this response will be a little long winded.
I left the military in 2012 with the goal of becoming a software engineer. I was tired of being overseas all the time, among other things. I had a love for computers as a kid and I had dabbled in programming over the years. It seemed like the logical thing to do.
After finding a university, changing my major, an internship, and finally graduating, I had a job with a fortune 50 company. A few days before I started, I received a call from HR informing me that I was effectively going to be laid off a few months after I started.
I was pretty distraught, finding myself questioning my decision to leave a career that guaranteed me so many benefits and an occupation I was very good at.
After about two months of applying and calling around, I landed an interview. That got me a follow up interview. The next step was receiving an offer.
Tomorrow will mark five years since my last day in the military. I’ve been working at my new job as a software engineer for a little under two months and it’s every bit as rewarding as I had hoped and dreamt it would be. I love what I do and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves to me.
The highlighted paragraph and really your whole story speaks to me. It was hard to leave something comfortable and jump into a whole new world. I kept pushing through hardships and always had amazing people picking me up along the way. The journey has just begun, but I hope others will read your article and know that it’s definitely doable if you focus on your love of coding and keep pushing.