I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I didn't know what I wanted to do when I finished school. I never knew that I'd end up being a programmer. I imagine that lots of people are in the same boat, hence why I wanted to write this blog post, also being my first ever blog, to share my story.
I was relatively smart at school, I tried hard, I got my homework in on time and I never got into trouble, not because I was scared of getting a detention but because I was scared of disappointing my parents. All through my childhood they pushed me to do my best, even though they didn’t get good grades or have amazing jobs they wanted to make sure that I did, so I ended school, year 11 in the UK, with some pretty decent grades; the best being in IT.
After leaving year 11 I had a couple of choices for what I wanted to do after in terms of further education. I could’ve got an apprenticeship, go to sixth form or college, and at that point I’d had a look round a college to do IT but I still didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I decided that sixth form would be the best choice for me; I was so wrong! I took History, IT, Maths and Physics for my A levels and absolutely hated it, so after a year of doing that I quit and found myself working for Costa Coffee, my first proper job!
Costa served me quite well, I worked hard so that I could play even harder when I got that paycheck at the end of the month I could go out and do whatever I wanted, mainly getting drunk and eating food! This eventually bored me and so I looked for a way to get into the IT industry, this is where I found an apprenticeship for Adactus, the company that I still work for, and taking that was the best decision that I’ve ever made! I had a phone interview and then a face to face interview, and even with no prior programming experience whatsoever I somehow managed to land a job with them, and so my career as a developer started!
If you want to get your foot in the door as a programmer but you have little to no knowledge and don’t know where to start, I can’t recommend getting an apprenticeship enough! I started from the bottom, learning the basics of C#, HTML and CSS while doing a level 3 course and I’ve worked my way up while learning as much as I can, and now I’m doing a degree apprenticeship with the same company 3 years later. I’ve got another 2 years left before I finish my apprenticeship and hopefully get my bachelors degree, by which point I’ll have 5 years of experience, a degree and no student debt at all; it’s the best of both worlds!
I hope you enjoyed my first post, I’m hopefully going to be doing a lot more of these and I want to get better so please let me know any feedback you have so I can improve! Also let me know how you got into programming.