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Why I joined a coding bootcamp

Until February 23rd at 1:53pm, I was a Produce Buyer for Farm Fresh to You. I sent out my farewell email, gave a few hugs and handshakes, turned in my laptop, and walked out the door.

Here’s what happened. Before I was a produce buyer for Farm Fresh to You, I was a produce buyer for Full Circle — another grocery home delivery company. In November 2016, Full Circle was bought by Farm Fresh to You. Within 2 weeks, our San Francisco warehouse was shut down and all of our operations were moved to Sacramento — 2 hours away. Luckily, my job wasn’t lost quite as quickly as our warehouse was. I was given through the end of February to either move to Sacramento, or find another job.

I chose the latter…sort of.

In the days after learning that my job had an expiration date, I began the frantic LinkedIn/Indeed/[insert job site here] search to quell my quiet panic. Scrolling through the pages for other “buyer” positions, I kept having this overwhelming feeling I had cornered myself into this world of food (there are worse places to be cornered), but wasn’t convinced this is where I should be.

To help guide my sudden and unexpected job search, here’s what 5yearspostcollegewhatthehellamidoing reflection has revealed to me about myself:

  1. I dive into endeavors quickly and with full force…admittedly, sometimes with less than full information to inform my decisions. I just go.
  2. I like building things and solving problems.
  3. I get bored quickly when I am not learning.
  4. I have an entrepreneurial streak that doesn’t mesh well with monotony.
  5. I value freedom above all else.

What does this have to do with software development? Everything.

Living in San Francisco, it feels like while I was a toddler running around Hawaii with a tangled, curly afro and no regard for my future, everyone here was coding.

Oh, you didn’t see the new react.js HTML integration with django backend framework with 425gb ram? Shucks, you know what — I somehow missed that one! Because developer speak currently makes as much sense as a hippopotamus speaking Cantonese to me, it’s been my reaction to throw my hands up, laugh, and label them as douchebags.

That only works for so long. It doesn’t take long scrolling through LinkedIn to see where the demand is. The companies want the douchebags, and they want them now. Over time, I begrudgingly admitted that my developer disdain was a defense mechanism to label a set of people with a skill that I did not understand, but envied their success.

The more 5-years-post-college-what-the-hell-am-i-doing reflection that I did, the more I realized it checked all of the boxes I had been searching for fruitlessly elsewhere.

  • Building things. Check.
  • Always something to learn. Check.
  • Allows for freedom to work in any industry, at any time. Check.

It was time to bite the bullet. It was time to become a software developer…but uh…how?

Enter Learners Guild.