My journey to coding was not the typical route. Some might say that it was long and unconventional. Others might say it’s still the wrong path. I, myself think that I am finally “home”.

When I was in high school I thought I new exactly what I wanted to be, an architect. I took drafting classes in my junior and senior years and went on to the local community college with the intent of obtaining my degree and becoming an architect. The precision of it all is was drew me in, and it gave me a sense of calmness.

My life did not turn out the way I had envisioned it when I was younger. Decisions I made took me on a different path. Do I regret them? Absolutely not! Many of those decisions helped me grow and get me to where I am today.

I have had many jobs up to this point in my life. Some have been great but weren’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Some were awful and I worked them because I needed a job until I found something different. It has been in the last year that I decided I really needed to find something that I would love doing everyday. Something that would make me want to go to work. Something where I could see the end result of all of my work.

I started looking into the computer science end of things when I would have issues with my work laptop and when I called IT, I would discover that I had already tried everything they told me. I thought “I should just do this myself”. After talking to a few people and looking at some online programs, I decided to do it.

I had started taking some classes online at SNHU. It was hard trying to do some of the things online because I needed it to be hands on, a teacher in front of me. I also researched online how others did it. I found out about bootcamps and tech meetups and wondered why there weren’t any in my area, only to find out that there were!

I attended a few meetups and became interested in a few programs that could have possibly been a great fit for me. One in-particular, Careers in Code. It was right up my alley. A local bootcamp where the classes were going to be at night. I could still work and attend the bootcamp.

I waited to hear more about the program. It felt like eternity. Finally, I had gotten the information I was waiting to hear. The bootcamp was going to happen, I just had to apply. So, I applied and waited to hear if I had made the cut.

I made it! I was accepted into the program. I was ecstatic to get the news and couldn’t wait to see where this was taking me. I hope you enjoy the ride I’m about to take you on while I tell you about my journey in Careers in Code.