This week, I published Caitlyn Greffly's #DevJourney story on my eponym Podcast: Software developer's Journey. Among many other things, here are my main personal takeaways:
- Caitlyn's decision for learning to code was a very rational one. After 10 years in the beer industry, she was tired. She wanted a new job with less travel, stable yet flexible hours, and which would be compatible with a family. She didn't go into software development because she loved to code, but because "it made sense across the board."
- Choosing a first step, i.e. a boot camp, was hard. Caitlyn didn't know any of the terms. She didn't have the feeling of making an informed decision. This is the realm of the "unknown-unknowns" we all face when treading into a new field. Caitlyn is writing a book about her experience. She wishes to encourage other non-coders to take the bull by the horns and follow her lead.
- When I asked Caitlyn how her state of mind was like coming out of the Bootcamp, her reaction was like "I did it, now I am paid to learn." This is 100% true, and I wish more people would see it this way as well. And then she added "while there have been some struggles, I try to keep the mindset of the only way out is through.
- Caitlyn found her jobs by working in the open. Right out of her Bootcamp, she went to a software conference opened up with a lot of people, sharing her experience, and found a job there. Then, she asked to shadow developers and got to visit 6 different companies. She made a crucial contact there, who led her to find her second job later on.
- "Ask for advice!" 😅
- "It is good to remember the simple things we struggled with early on"
- "The Bootcamp was very hard and I probably cried every week, but I felt positive coming out of it"
- "When I got my first offer, I was like 'I did it, now I am paid to learn'"
- "The only way out is through, I am going to have to learn how to do this"
- "I've never had a teammate tell me I ask too many questions"
- "An advice for newcomers? Get used to being frustrated"
- "I feel I have a lot of opinions, but I don't have the tools to express them yet"
Thanks, Caitlyn for sharing your story with us!
Did you listen to her story?
- What did you learn?
- What are your personal takeaways?
- What did you find particularly interesting?