As Ireland went into lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak, I decided that this was the perfect time to upskill and further my prospects within the tech industry.
Although I enjoy my current job, I'm aware of the opportunities and flexibility that a career in tech can offer, not only in Dublin but also abroad. The decision for a career transition did not come easy. After all, I spent so much time to get to the career that I have right now, with four years to do my Bachelor's and another four to complete my PhD. My biggest worry was: am I just throwing all those years away? Luckily, I have a supportive partner who made me realise that I have 30+ more years of working life ahead of me. A lot can change in those 30 years and I would like to put myself in a position where a vast amount of opportunities are widely available.
An area of my job that really interests me is developing modelling solutions. I believe that the problem-solving skills that I obtained from my background in Chemical Engineering are transferable into coding and with enough fundamental knowledge, a career in tech is a path that I can excel in and also enjoy.
I started considering my options around February 2020, but I wasn't sure which course option to go with. I did not want to quit my full-time job, therefore a part-time course was the best option for me.
THEN THE LOCKDOWN HAPPENED. Fortunately, my company remained as an essential business and we continued our operation during the lockdown. On the other hand, all my extra-curricular activities and travel plans were postponed which led to all the extra hours I now have on my hands. As Ireland went into lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak, I decided that this was the perfect time to upskill and further my prospects within the tech industry.
If you got this far, thank you for taking your time to read my story. If you're someone thinking of a career change, I understand that it's not an easy decision and I hope this blog helped a little bit. Don't hesitate to comment or contact me if you have any questions. ✌🏼