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Hey, let's share our career begin stories.

Hey, let's share our career begin stories.

ypedroo profile image Ynoa Pedro ・2 min read

Here's mine.
Everything started back in 2015 when I got to college, by then the only thing I knew is that I love tech and wanted to work with it. 2015 was pretty rough cause by the end of it my mom left the house and I was with my old grandma unemployed and having to support both of us. Luckily I got a day job in a parking lot which
saved us and I had a lot of fun, the downside was that I haven't code as much as I should at college and learned pretty much anything. In 2016 I got an internship in a tech company but for a support role, I began there hoping to get a dev job but I wasn't prepared and the whole internship was frustrating, and so another lost year. But there was a plus side there I got to meet Caio a friend of mine who referred me to one sales company who need a systems analyst that's when the things started to get right for me. At this company I would do pretty much anything with SQL all features were based on procedures or queries, it was not the ideal or the job I was dreaming about but I gave my 100% so that could bring me a useful exp, and that concludes 2018. Since I was writing SQL and having more contact with programming, I also earned more money and got more time to study and contribute with GitHub projects which gave me the trust to apply for jr dev spots, and finally in 2019 I got a chance to really prove myself as a developer by getting a jr spot in a huge Brazilian company.

The first 7 months have been a crazy and intense study period for me at this new job have been intense but amazing I'm having so many cool projects to work with and opportunities to learn, practice and present what I learn by talking to people and sharing what I'm learning
This pic was taken in a git talk that I had earlier this year.

And that's it. Thanks who took the time to read this I hope this discussion helps someone getting into coding :).

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Padawan developer, who loves cats, beer, skateboard and code.🐼

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I did some coding when I was younger, got more into it in college but ultimately thought it wasn't truly for me and finished my degree as a business major.

Got my first "business" job and ran quickly back to coding, which looked so much better. Still do "business" as an entrepreneur, but my trade is in software development.

That transition back into code was intense because I really wasn't confident in my skills and I had no money. But I worked my ass off and I'm glad I made the leap.

 

During the recession in the UK I found myself newly graduated from art school and jobless. In the spirit of being stupid I set up a business making websites and eventually hosting and maintaing them. I was a terrible CEO and within 3 years the business started to dry up. I had a baby on the way and bills to pay. After being treated terribly at a contract role, I plucked up the courage ask to work at my dream job for Dyson... There where no jobs being advertised but despite this they gave me an interview, probably out of kindness more than anything, I started as a JR, here I am 2 years later. Baby now a toddler and I am well established in my team.

 

stained glass maker 👉 museum geek 👉 jack of all trades in a gallery
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developer and maker 👈 inbound marketer 👈 community manager

It all comes down to that first gig: making things for a living (stained glass at the time).

This feeling at the end of the day where something stands in front of you.

I've done a lot of wandering in my professional life but development is the first job where I feel the same way. There is nothing, you have an idea, you have the know-how to do it, then there is something. ✨

 

Tech background: built my first website in grade 4 on Geocities (hayyyy!) and spent the next ~six years or so playing around on Geocities and Angelfire. I fell away from computers and tech in high school, spending more time focused on band and theater. Eventually went to college for Music Industry Management while working retail jobs (which I won't really outline here, but the tl;dr is ten years of retail.)

  • First job post-graduation: Ticket & Marketing Manager at a small music-based non-profit. Tech parts of my job involved using and troubleshooting a troublesome ticket system and managing the website.
  • Second job: Ticket & Content Coordinator at a D1 basketball arena. Tech parts of my job included Ticketmaster, creating graphic design, and managing the website.
  • Third job: Jack of all trades at a music venue. Ticketing, ushering, guest services, etc., and when the graphic designer walked out one day, I hopped in. Tech responsibilities were managing the website, handling the email newsletter, and graphic design.

Around this time I noticed a lot of bands I liked using the same web host, so I started keeping my eye on them. Eventually, a Customer Support job opened. I applied and somehow my email caught their eye in a sea of hundreds. I spent four years in CS, and last year moved over into QA!

 

Saw some code from a friend in 2007. Went to the same school as the dude. High school and programming at the same time. Crazy hours. Survived. Went to college for "Computational Math". Not survived. Changed for Computer Science and moved to the big city (Rio de Janeiro) in 2013. Needed to work and dropped college (maybe I'll go back, I don't know). But here I am working in the field without the degree but with lots of good experiences and some bad ones.

 

Crazy Transition here 😅
I was studying Aerospace Engineering in college as I was vastly invested in Space, Mars, The Jetsons, Time-Travel, Star Wars/Trek 🚀. But when I saw the rise of Facebook, Google, Uber, etc.. and people living amazing life through their coding job and some even landing jobs at top companies without a CS degree, I was intrigued to get into the field.

At that time, I was juggling Aerospace Degree, a Part-time job (struggling to pay for college and living a miserable life) and was about to get another side gig of learning to code (Crazy time but whatever needs to be done to get life back on track, right).

Google collaborated with Udacity and was offering Scholarships to 5000 students, hoping to get more people into tech so I applied to it and got in. That was my leap into programming and after that never looked back (Absolutely fell in love with coding). The program lasted 9 months and right after a month, I got my first internship as a Software Developer at an amazing startup (Also dropped out of College, Goodbye Aerospace lol). After finishing the internship, I got a full-time position as Software Engineer at another company which is where I am now. 😄 ✨🙌

 

A few years back I took the leap to change careers into coding, and did it through a great bootcamp style organisation here called CodeClan.

Before that I'd sort of fallen into a pretty successful career in student immigration but wasn't feeling fulfilled by it, as I really needed a task-based job where I'd get the satisfaction of creating things.

Honestly I can't believe no-one suggested CS careers to me when I was at school - I built my school's website, and spent lots of my free time creating fanpages on Geocities (remember the days? 😂). I don't know if that was a gender bias thing or if coding career paths were still a little unknown to teachers at that time 🤷

But I'm so glad to now be working as a software engineer and doing all the things I love - I just wish I'd done it sooner!

 

I built my first webpage with Frontpage as a school homework in the 5th or 6th grade.
My career started in university when a local e-commerce agency was looking for a helping hand. That turned into a regular job and eventually I could specialize enough to apply for larger jobs after I graduated.