Just like most high school students often struggle with what career to pursue after college, I did as well. I researched majors and the careers that those specific majors might lead to, asked my peers what path they were going to take, and even took tests that will recommend me majors based on my personality. After witnessing two of my family members graduate college with B.A and A.S degrees and still struggle to find jobs, it really made me think more logically about what major I was going to choose. I wanted a degree that was in high demand in the job market and at the same time if I had to do that everyday I would be happy.
The idea of working remotely always fascinated me. I did my research on it and came upon a couple choices to pick from. It all bubbled down to customer service representative or a blog author, neither of which I could see myself doing everyday. First because I have a deeply unconscious limit for talking about things that I am not interested in of about 5 minutes where after that I begin to day dream and in my opinion, regardless of the company they work for, all they talk about sounds so boring. Though, they are very helpful. Second because I am sort of a perfectionist. I would spend many hours on my essays simply thinking about how to get the introductory paragraph started. Lastly, I feel both of those careers are not high in demand and would spend vast amounts of time looking for jobs in those fields.
My uncle, who graduated with a B.A in computer science, suggested I look into software engineering. It fit my career criteria requirements; the ability/option to work remotely from home and high demand for such skills. If I was fired, getting another job wouldn’t be a hassle. Also, I always was sort of good at math so why not give it a try. Fast forward, I am already enrolled in two CS courses which I was enjoying very much.
Unfortunately, because of personal reasons I had to drop out after my 1st year as a CS major. A few years passed where I had not touched a computer. Then the Coronavirus hit and my job closed down. One very boring day as I watched videos on YouTube I came across a Flatiron School ad and it brought back memories. I immediately started their Bootcamp Prep courses and found it to be really fun learning the lessons how they are set up. I became immersed in the topics and concepts of the lessons, and do extra research on topics that were not completely covered in the lectures. The feeling of debugging my small programs became something that I looked forward to everyday. About halfway through the course I reached out to an admissions representative to begin the real deal and enroll in their super intensive 5 month course. Now here I am, day 5 on my journey to becoming a full-stack developer.