DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Cover image for A story about a Brazilian journalist who became Web developer in the Netherlands.
lioliveiraz
lioliveiraz

Posted on • Updated on

A story about a Brazilian journalist who became Web developer in the Netherlands.

Seven months ago, I was in a completely different place than I am right now, I was in a job that I did not fit in, without much hope to find something better. Then, I saw a post on Linkedin about scholarships for women who want to start their career in tech.

My first thought was: β€œThis is not for me”. I was never comfortable with technologies. Since I graduated in communication and study humanities my whole life, I thought I was good with people, not with computers.

I am not afraid to take challenges, so I decide to apply for it, and for my surprise, I got the scholarship.

January 20, I was attending my first class.

Lost in the middle of algorithms

The first month was the most overwhelmed of my life. We had 8 hours of class every day, five days a week. In one day, we had to learn at least three different concepts.

I was utterly lost, mostly because the last time that I studied math was in 2010 and was not even good at it. Now, I was sitting in class trying to remember how we can discover the average of an array of number – yes, I did not know what β€˜average’ was.

We must solve two algorithmic challenges per week, and I had to spend at least 10 minutes trying to understand the problem. I was uncomfortable with all those tons of information, and, because of that, many times, I wondered if this field was something for me or if I had made a colossal mistake.

The right amount of effort

Alt text of image

After the terrible result of my first JavaScript test, I woke up. The test made me see that if I wanted to achieve something in web development, I had to stop using my background as an excuse and put some effort into it.

I spent the next three months studying and creating projects. All the information that I learned I applied right away, building websites, or creating new features. There was not one second of my time that I was not coding or thinking about it. I started to read about code, listen to podcasts about development, and even watched the series Silicon Valley.

I am not going to say that it was easy, but now I am extremely comfortable coding, and I am entirely passionate about it. New technologies finally do not make me scared, and my background in humanities is not hunting me anymore. Instead, I believe that being a communicator helps me to code and build applications that better respond to the user’s needs.

To sums up, if you are facing a career transition, remember that if you put in the right amount of effort and like what you are doing there is absolutely nothing that you can not achieve.

Did you like this piece? Have a subject that you would like me to write about? Please let me know.

Top comments (2)

Collapse
 
remrkabledev profile image
Malcolm R. Kente

Nicely written! Good luck on your web dev journey and welcome to the tribe :D

Collapse
 
teamroggers profile image
Rogier Nitschelm

Great job and good luck on your journey :)

18 Useful Github Repositories Every Developer Should Bookmark

>> Check out this classic DEV post <<