Dear Code Newbies,
I know learning to code can be tough at times.
Chasing bugs for hours, only to realize that you misspelled a variable name or left out a semicolon.
I wanted to share some words of encouragement to reassure you that learning to code is absolutely worth it.
Five years ago, I was a total code newbie. If you showed me a piece of code, I wouldn’t know what to do with it.
Now I’m the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of a venture-backed startup called Career Karma (Ycombinator 2019) helping people get jobs in tech.
I remember the hardest thing in the very beginning was finding the time to code. We all live busy lives, so making that extra hour to code after work at times seemed impossible.
For reference, now I can sit and code for 6-8 hours straight with time flying by. If you’re concerned that you won’t get there, don’t worry: you will. It's like going to the gym--being disciplined and consistent is everything.
After a few months, I realized that I was running in place. I still couldn’t build a project from scratch, and most importantly, I didn’t have the confidence to explore on my own.
One day, I decided I would build a chat app--no matter what. I struggled tremendously because there was no instructor to guide me or answers to look up. I had to figure it out on my own using Google, Stack Overflow and GitHub.
Interestingly, it was after I built that app that I knew I had what it takes to become an engineer--learning how to learn is the secret to becoming great at coding.
Every single day I’m faced with technical issues and bugs I’ve never seen before. Being a software engineer means getting comfortable with not knowing the answer but knowing that the answer is out there--and that you will find it!
There were tons of people around me who helped me how to code and I want to pay it forward.
If you’re someone who is starting to learn how to code or exploring bootcamps, direct message me, and I will add you to a group of people I’m mentoring.
I look forward to seeing all of your coding journeys!
CTO of Career Karma (YC W19)
P.S. If you found it interesting, please comment below which point you are struggling with the most :)