I’m in a rare reflective mood today. Here are some thoughts. I will probably ramble.
A little back story on why someone like me(the most risk-averse human being alive) decided to quit his decent-paying job in the financial field to pursue software development. Let’s bring it back a few years and see if I can pin point why I did this. Growing up my family was never really into tech. While I really enjoyed playing video games, it was always something that was heavily kept-in-check by my parents. I spent most of my free time playing drums in a crappy hardcore band and skateboarding. In fact, we did not have access to a viable internet connection in our house until probably around 2004–2005. All this to say, I was not raised to be a programmer. I was not writing my first programs at the age of 6 like some of the people I listen to on various podcasts.
I discovered that I really enjoyed this stuff. Even though I wasn’t that good at it, I still enjoyed building stuff and solving problems programmatically. The pace at which I was learning seemed much too slow. I started looking into other options. Since I didn’t want to go back to school for another 4 years, I started looking into coding bootcamps. Living in Jacksonville, FL my options were slim. I actually interviewed for a bootcamp in Jacksonville and was accepted, they ended up calling me back a week later and said that they were discontinuing the program…not a good sign. I then looked into The Iron Yard Orlando and discovered something much better. I interviewed with some of the staff and instantly had a really good feeling about it. I was accepted a couple days later and the rest is history. I am 4.5 weeks in and while I feel defeated and like an idiot on a daily basis, I have learned SO much since this started. Here’s to the next 7 weeks!