Before getting into web development I was a journalist. I worked with a lot of data. I wanted to present this data in new and interesting ways. But I didn't have the skills. I realised that if I learnt to code I could come up with just about any idea, and build it. But the more I learnt, the more I realised I didn't know. I decided if I wanted to be good at coding, I would need to truly immerse myself in it. So I changed careers, became a software engineer, and haven't looked back!
During the day I'm lucky enough to code for TweetDeck. My team is incredibly talented and I love learning from my colleagues! In my spare time I'm working on a little side project which uses React on the front end, Node on the back end, and the Google Speech API.
Don't be afraid to ask for help, admit what you don't know and talk about your struggles. Being open and vulnerable is a great thing. The tech community is filled with incredibly talented, warm and supportive people. We all have challenges - no matter how many years we've been coding for - so let's tackle them together.
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