Oh Snap — I’m a Full Stack Web Developer Now!
About seven months ago, the world was grappling with the reality of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Citizens took to the streets protesting for racial justice and the public was addressing systemic racism like never before in recent history. Death, divisiveness, and demise were daily occurrences. Personally, I am three months into making a career change and decided to apply to business schools. In true 2020 fashion, uncertainty foiled my plans. Fortunately, during this time, I also took up a passion project I’ve been wanting to do for years — learn how to code.
I applied and interviewed for the NYC Web Development Fellowship. Recipients of this fellowship earn a scholarship (and additional support resources) for a coding bootcamp that I’ve been following for over 5 years — The Flatiron School. I went into this opportunity thinking I would never get this fellowship. The acceptance rate was less than 6%. I was honestly more grateful that this application process pushed me to start learning web development and coding. I quickly learned I was obsessed with the ability to creatively build powerful tools out of what seemed like thin air. I had a gut feeling the universe had other plans for me. A week later, I learned I was chosen as a recipient of the fellowship!
Fast forward to the present and it’s been about a month and a half since I graduated from Flatiron School’s Software Engineering coding bootcamp. That “fast forward” carries a ton of weight. So much has changed (in addition to “the new normal” and current events we’ve all experienced) that it has been hard to come up with words to fully describe everything that has happened in this time frame. Through it all, this program has taught me valuable and life-long skills, new relationships with incredible people (who I hope to physically meet very soon), brought me hope during such an uncertain time, and equipped me with more than I need to start this new chapter as a software engineer.
I am in the process of learning more about the opportunities and directions this new career path can take me. I’ve attended over a dozen virtual events that opened up my eyes to a myriad of new fields and technologies I wouldn’t even have fathomed exist. During the bootcamp, we would joke about how we were being fed “a firehose of information” on a daily basis. I am continuing to solidify the skills I’ve learned from the bootcamp by refactoring the majority of the projects I created during the bootcamp as well as pursuing new projects with different languages, frameworks, and tools. I am also learning new in-demand skills to become a more competitive candidate since I have a non traditional background coming from a coding bootcamp. This process has taken much longer than anticipated, however, I find ease in knowing everyone’s journey is different. Although the end goal may look daunting and hard to reach, I find comfort in knowing each little task(s) I complete each day gets me closer to the end goal.
I hope to curate a collection of entries that illustrate my journey into this new field and help others that may be in similar shoes. More importantly, I look forward to writing technical entries to grow my technical abilities and hope my spin on code can be helpful to others. I am excited to be part of this community, to continue to learn, and build as much as I can with an ever-growing skillset.
I want to end this post with a quote that I often visit whenever I get caught in my own head and thoughts :
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
― Calvin Coolidge
Sometimes we get stuck in our negative thoughts. Or we dwell too much in the past. Or our thoughts are too focused in the future with what needs to get done. This takes away from being present in the Now. Persistence and determination do not take place in the past or future, it takes place in the Present. You can only act on it in the Now. Persistence and determination have gotten me through a lot of hard times in my life, as I imagine it has for a lot of people. Being mindful in being present has been extremely helpful for me during this process and I hope it brings some light to those that are in a similar situation.
On that note, let’s crush some goals and achieve everything that comes our way to our utmost potential!