In the last few days, people on Twitter have posted about their paths into tech. I originally wrote my timeline thinking about what a privilege it is to 1) know that computer science even exists; 2) be able to go to college (of course); 3) feel confident enough to major in CS.
But it’s also just fun to map out where I’ve been and where I hope to go.
Here’s a timeline:
- Encouraged to take yet another computer applications class in high school aka where the most technical thing we do is make ASCII art
- I swear that teacher docked points for out-of-place ASCII characters in said project; this class SUCKS
- Meanwhile, my male friend (and future ex-boyfriend) is taking a C++ class, whatever that is
- Tricked out my MySpace profile with HTML, CSS, and graphics I created myself in Photoshop Elements
- I have no idea this counts as programming (HUSH, REPLY GUYS. I hear you already!)
- Finally learned computer science is a thing and you can major in it???
- Wait, upper level math classes?! No thanks, I will stick with my French
- Got a job on campus doing graphic design and learned Drupal because we were building a website
- I bought my first domain and decided I wanted to learn HTML/CSS at some point
- Hate job, everything
- Looking for a way out, I hear about Ruby/Rails and start to learn it
- Start going to Rails Girls Atlanta meetups!
- I meet people in the Atlanta and Athens dev communities!
- Ready to burn it all own, I quit my job as an office manager
- I go to a 12-week code bootcamp
- I become an organizer and board member for Rails Girls Atlanta!
- I put together I've been suffering from PTSD because trauma since late 2014
- I get a 6-month developer 'apprenticeship' at Adult Swim--yeah, I saw some stuff
- I only put 'apprenticeship' in quotes because while I really liked my manager, he told me to use whatever language that 'didn't suck'
- My mom tells me that my dad, an accountant, minored in CS in college
- He confirms this when I confront him and says he doesn't talk about it because he was bad at COBOL
- THANKS, DAD. YOU COULD HAVE STILL TOLD ME!
- Coding makes me cry and have panic attacks, but so does everything (hi PTSD)!
- I get my first salaried job in tech as an application support engineer at VMware
- I get to troubleshoot application deployments on Windows, Android, and iOS and work with our REST APIs!
- I can’t shake the idea that I want to be a developer.
- Let’s try coding again!
- Maybe not coding? Maybe UX?! I spend months learning Sketch, InVision, and develop a portfolio
- Hold up, my life is falling apart, time to end a 5-year relationship, move out of my home, annnnnd now I live with my parents?!
- I don't think I can take starting all over -- let's try being a technical support engineer again!
- Lots of interviews for TSE roles! I talk to one company for two whole months and make it all the way to the end.
- Noooooo, COVID-19 strikes and there are layoffs and freezes everywhere!
- Let's start coding again and keep interviewing as TSE