Coding Journeys

A List of talented self-taught developers & Bootcamp grads

Social worker turned Data Analyst and Engineer

Social worker turned Data Analyst and Engineer

From social worker turned data analyst/engineer and this is Eric’s journey into the tech industry. Please introduce yourself My name is Eric Burden, I’m an IT Senior Principal Consultant for NTT DATA Services in the State Health Consulting group. I’m currently serving as a Technical Analyst on a state Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS). My main role is to shepherd the ETL process from the legacy system to a newly procured system, making sure to maintain (or hopefully improve) data quality in the process.

From Medical Lab Science to Frontend Dev

From Medical Lab Science to Frontend Dev

Since young Amaka has always had a passion for computers. Unable to convince her dad to study computer science, she studied Medical Lab Science instead. While preparing for her Master degree in Public Health, this time she finally convinced her dad to shift to a career in tech. Here is how her coding journey began. Please introduce yourself Hello, My name is Chiamaka. I currently work as a frontend developer in a SAAS company.

From Sommelier to Senior Research Programmer

From Sommelier to Senior Research Programmer

Douglas worked in the restaurant business for 15 years before changing his career in his 30s. He overcame Attention Deficit Disorder and learned coding with the motto “work towards the goal little by little I just accomplish it”. Read on to learn more how he shifted his career into the tech industry. Please introduce yourself My name is Douglas King. I am a Senior Research Programmer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

From Barista to Front End Developer

From Barista to Front End Developer

From a Barista to a Frontend Developer. Brenda is a self-taught developer without a CS Degree. She actually has a background in Classical Music. This is her coding journey how she made a career transition into tech. Please introduce yourself Hey I’m Brenda and I am a Junior Front End Developer at Square Enix. What was your background before learning to code? I actually studied Classical Music specialising in piano performance at the University of Manchester but ended up working in hospitality in my 20’s.

From love of bakery to the love of code

From love of bakery to the love of code

Left school at 16, worked in a bakery and restaurants, here she is, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio. Please meet Valériane! If you love french bread and pâtisserie, you don’t want to miss this article! Read on! There is a recommendation of a nice bakery in France too! Please introduce yourself. Hello, I’m Valériane, I’m a French Developer Evangelist. A Developer Evangelist’s role is to raise awareness on it’s company tech products towards the developer community.

From Customer Service to Senior Solutions Specialist

From Customer Service to Senior Solutions Specialist

From curiosity in customising a blog, developed into an interest in coding. Shakima started out in Early childhood education as a Teacher’s Aide, then had to switch to a role in customer service. Out of frustration, she rekindled with her past interest and dived into the tech world since. I hope you enjoy the journey! Hi Shakima, please introduce yourself I’m Shakima and I’m the Senior Solutions Specialist at Refersion.

How to get the first tech job with good work ethic

How to get the first tech job with good work ethic

There’re many approaches to land your first job in tech, especially when you’re a newbie. Rather than just submitting a CV, Katherine showed her work ethic to employers. I hope this interview would give you an insight. Please introduce yourself Hi, I’m Katherine. I currently work as a Software Engineer at a startup working on building a mental health app. My role involves developing in React, Ruby on Rails, and Swift.

From an Art School Dropout to a Software Engineer

From an Art School Dropout to a Software Engineer

“There isn’t one way learning how to code. The most important thing is to find your way”. Christine, an art school dropout found her own way of learning with the motto of “just a little bit more”. This is an interview with Christine and I hope you enjoy reading. Please introduce yourself I’m currently working as a Senior Software Engineer and Tech Lead at Clubhouse.io, where we build project management software.

How to shift to a career in the tech sector at age 29

How to shift to a career in the tech sector at age 29

I’ve been followed Laura on Twitter and seen her coding journey from before she started a Bootcamp. One day I saw this tweet that she got a job. I thought wow! That was quick! Here is an interview with Laura how she did it. Enjoy! Please introduce yourself I’m Laura, in May 2020 (at the age of 29) I discovered programming and in August I decided to make the career switch, I attended the General Assembly Software Engineering course and was just appointed to a role in Developer Relations (DevRel) starting Monday 18th January 2021.

How Linda started her career as a frontend developer in a pandemic

How Linda started her career as a frontend developer in a pandemic

Linda changed her path from a computer engineering (focus on hardware) student to a self-taught frontend developer and hired during a pandemic. Please introduce yourself My name is Linda Ikechukwu. I’m a Frontend developer. I currently work at Omnibiz (which is a subsidiary of Tolaram Group) as a React Js frontend developer. My primary responsibility is to maintain and implement new UI features for the omnibiz dashboard application. It’s an all-in-one saas sales solution for manufacturers and distributors.

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How to get a job in tech within 9 months as a newbie

How to get a job in tech within 9 months as a newbie

I had a chance to talk with a self-taught developer who learned to code for 9 months before getting a job in tech. Nadia Zhuk is now a Ruby Developer at Zendesk and an aspiring writer.Recently, she wrote a book about how to learn to code and build a programming career, Crossing the Rubycon. Background before switching a career in the tech sector Nadia was an English translator and a journalist before she found her new challenging career in coding at age 25.