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Building a New Life

Kyle Trahan
Full Stack Software Engineer
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Recently, I decided to make a significant life change to begin a new career path. I had been working in the Zipline, treehouse, and rope course industry since 2014, but due to some recent life events, I have started to come to the realization that I might not be as young as I once was. Therefore, it might be time for a change to something less body intensive. A close friend of mine recommended doing a introductory python course to get a feel for coding, and I absolutely loved it.

From here, I began to do some research on pursuing a career in software development. My current partner recommended the bootcamp Flatiron School, which she attended a couple of years prior. After looking into the curriculum, Flatiron seemed like the obvious choice for me. It was very helpful in the decision process that I had her career to look at as a reachable outcome after attending a bootcamp. Throughout the application process, the admissions staff were helpful and easy to work with, giving an indication of the culture surrounding the bootcamp.

Fortunately, I have found a lot of correlation between my previous work and software development. Creating a product based off of a plan set seems to be something that will have a decent amount of overlap between the two fields. I have found that the long hours in ropes access work have made the transition into the hours required for learning much easier than I expected!

I have been very nervous and will probably continue to be during this transition. It is a very big change to go from living on the road to settling down into a career. However, I know that I can do it! The amount of information I have learned in a matter of 2 weeks has left me in awe of what my brain is capable of. I can't even begin to imagine what my progress will look like by the end of this journey.

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