Hi! This is my very first blog post on this site and I felt it would be remiss in not talking a little bit about my background before I jumped right into this. Last May I graduated from the (not so) lovely University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in linguistics and double minoring in computer science and informatics. I'm not sure what my thought process was at the time in studying such a mixed bag of things, but it had somehow managed to get me some decent internships in college and even landed me the gig I have with Capital One today (I'll touch more on that later).
Without spending too much time talking about my college-career, I ended up moving out east to the Northern Virginia area in July and started "working" pretty soon after. Post-grad life has been a bit overwhelming to say the least, but after hearing one of my instructors mention dev.to (shout-out to Ali Spittel), I figured blogging here would be a great avenue to document all my thoughts as I go through the tech and corporate life.
I firmly believe I have one of the best jobs in the world. About a year ago, Capital One created a program known as the "Capital One Developer Academy". It essentially functions as a 6-month immersive full-stack web-development bootcamp targeted for non-CS majors (more can be info on it can be found here: https://medium.com/capital-one-tech/untapped-tech-talent-why-its-worth-looking-beyond-cs-majors-6e242e672cf3).
The opportunity to be able to pivot my career into a high-demand technical field while still getting paid a full-time salary? Absolutely unheard of. Everyday as I walk into work I can't help but feel like I'm in some sort of fantasy world getting "paid to learn".
As of now, CODA is currently learning React! It's going great and I can definitely see how powerful it can be in streamlining web applications (definitely a step-up from the EJS layouts we were working on). It's also definitely more rewarding to be learning something that has pretty high use in the tech world! On top of that, we'll be learning tools like Angular and MongoDB!
As I mentioned before, the immediate hope for this blog is to keep a log of my thoughts and growth throughout CODA. Once the program concludes, I will be placed immediately into the associate software engineering position at the company. I have my fingers crossed that I will be placed into a full-stack web-development role. I'm pretty nervous about what the future holds, but I really do hope this program lends itself as the first step towards becoming a full-fledged software engineer.
If you've made it this far, apologies for the "ranty-ness" of this post. My other hope of this blog is to continue to grow as a writer. Its only been about six months since graduation, but I can already feel the conciseness of my writing losing its edges. Hopefully you'll stick around throughout my journey!