After my first two weeks at Flatiron School’s online full-time software engineering bootcamp, I want to share why I decided to move from business to software engineering.
Why I always kept coding
I took my first coding course in junior year of high school when I learned java. At that time, I only took the course because it was the common thing to do at my school and no, it didn’t change my life. It was fun. I enjoyed the problem-solving aspects of coding but didn’t think of it as any more than a side-hobby.
Fast-forward to my freshman year at NYU, I was a business major looking for an easy A so I took another beginner coding course. This course turned into another course in the following semester and eventually into a computer science minor. During this time, I came to really enjoy coding. My coding assignments became the ones I’d always want to do first and spend the most time on, and the only ones that could keep me focused during the 5 a.m. nights spent in the library. I developed a passion for the constant problem-solving and methodical nature of coding. I loved learning how to build things from scratch and it was my only creative outlet. But again, I ignored it and kept pursuing my business career.
Coding: Hobby Turned Career
In January, I started as Chief of Staff of an early-stage startup that I had spent most of the last 2 years working for. It was a role that I didn’t expect to get so I thought I was beginning to live my startup dream. During the next month, I managed a booth at my first CES, flew to Amsterdam with the CEO to meet with investors, tried to raise a few million in funding, and met some amazing and successful people I’d never thought I’d meet; everything I thought I wanted. But after diving headfirst into it, I realized I never found the same motivation and passion for this work than during those long nights coding. I quit my “dream job” the next week.
I spent the next few months focusing on finishing up my last semester of school. With only one course, it left me a lot of time to figure out how I can turn my career path towards software engineering. I knew I had a strong baseline of coding knowledge but nowhere near the skills needed to land a top software engineering job. That’s where Flatiron comes in.
What is Flatiron?
So for these next few months, I’ll be spending my days watching lectures, reading lessons, coding through labs, and sharing my Flatiron journey through this blog. Super excited to see where I’ll be by this time next year!