I was working as a graphic designer, and a friend of mine told me about Ladies Learning Code, a non-for-profit program that teaches women and young children how to code all around Canada. I first was introduced to code, however, in 2012 at a college* in Toronto, but I never pursued it further, even though it peaked my interest. My friend and I went to a LLC workshop, where we created Valentine's Day e-cards using CSS animations. I instantly became inspired to continue to code. While working as a graphic designer, I worked with code often, and attending the LLC workshops helped me improve my performance at work. I then heard about HackerYou, a coding bootcamp school in Toronto. After researching, I decided to apply for the part-time program. I learned so much, but I was looking for more.
When I finished the part-time program, I was, at the time, working as a graphic designer at a print company. I knew that graphic design was something I did not want to continue as a career for myself. I applied for the full-time bootcamp program at HackerYou, and was so happy to be accepted. It was an incredible experience: I met so many awesome people, built websites/web applications and gained a lot of new skills. 3 weeks after graduation, I got my first job as a front-end dev! ðŸ™‚ Within months, I completely changed gears in my career trajectory. Code challenges me to think in a more logical way, and allows me to grow my skills everyday. As a frequent volunteer and mentor for workshops, I love to give back. I enjoy encouraging and motivating others to continue to code.
*Fun story: I went to an Android conference in Toronto in November '16, and the person who runs the conference every year is the same person who taught me how to code!! #FullCircleMoment
taking a React workshop in April!
apply for jobs you think you may not have the right skills for. It never hurts to apply anyways! When I was looking for a job after graduation, I sent applications in to many companies that were looking for devs with 3-5+ years experience. You'd be surprised by the amount of responses you may receive! Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. You are awesome! âï¸