In 2014, I landed my first job working in retail while attending CSU-Northridge. I was pursuing a bachelors degree in Finance. All through out college, I was not clear on what it is I wanted to do after I graduated. I was still working in retail when I graduated in 2016. Still, did not know what I wanted to do. Fast forward to the year 2017, I have finally decided that I wanted to be a Forensic Accountant for the FBI. Pretty bad ass right? But for two years, I have been applying for countless numbers of accounting jobs to no avail. Then in 2019, I was fired. Wamp wamp wamp.
So with the whole pandemic going on in 2020, and having been let go from the only job that I had for over 5 years, I was completely lost and confused with what I wanted to do. I knew for certain I did not want to go back to retail. And was over the idea of working in Accounting. And I sure as hell did not want to go back to school at all So I was like "What do I do now?" That's when I started researching jobs that a) pays well, b) a job where I don't have to interact with people constantly (proud introvert here 🙋🏾♀️), c) a career that I can thrive and grow in, and lastly d) a job where I DO NOT have to go back to school. That is when I came across Web/Software Development. So that year, I was researching more about being a Web Developer. So then I started researching on how to get started learning how to code for free. That is when I signed up for my first lessons on web development on codeacedmy. After a few weeks of coding, I was already getting bored 🥱. The farthest I went, was learning basic CSS syntax. Then I took a hiatus.
Fast forward a couple of months, I was again researching on the languages that you need to learn to get a web developer job. And also, the "easiest" language to learn. Then I came across Python. I researched jobs that you can get learning Python. Machine learning caught my eye. So I said to myself, "That doesn't sound too complicated". So I took a dive and bought a Python course on Udemy. Now, learning Python was fun. I actually enjoyed programing using that language. But as I went deeper into the course, that's when I got lost. And to make matters worst, I was not practicing nor was I learning more about Python outside of the course. I was basically following along with the tutorials, hoping I would learn and become a pro by the time I finished the course. Wishful thinking! So after completing the course, I completely forgot what I learned nor could I make basic projects on my own. At that moment I thought I was in over my head, and just gave up learning how to code.
Later on that year, I did participate in Hacktoberfest for the first time. It was really fun. I didn't contribute to any open source projects(I was scared of messing up someone's code). I mainly did projects that was for first timers. Such as learning how to clone and push files on Github. I also created a basic HTML and CSS project using canvas. After completing the four required pull requests to get my t-shirt, I went on a loooonnng hiatus.
At this stage in my coding journey, I was extremely frustrated. Why am I still not able to code on my own and build my own projects? Why is it taking me so long to understand and learn how to code? I should be more advanced at this point right?
Well, well, well. Here we are. Another year. Still on my coding journey. I bought anotherWeb Development course. But what's different this time around, I am doing (virtual) meetups once a week AND I am actually doing projects on my own! Well kind of. I am taking the initiative of coding real projects without following a tutorial(whoop whoop!). I use the newbie challenges on FrontEndMentor to practice. This is the year that I will finally get into the tech industry. I will definitely make sure of that. I am serious and determined more than ever! Yes, I have my days where I don't know what I'm doing and feel like giving up. But crazily enough, I actually like to code. You know it's real when you literally go to sleep and wake up thinking about your code. I woke up one morning having a conversation with myself on how to fix the layout on my web page. So yeah, this year I am all in. Can't wait to see where my journey will lead me in 3 months, 6 months, or even 9 months. Don't give up you guys. We can do it!