Nerd For Life — Starting My Coding Journey

I’m a nerd, I’ve always been a nerd, and I always will be a nerd. I play D&D, I go to comic-con and I’ve recently developed an obsession with the ecosystem of bugs in my terrarium. Some clichés here maybe, but everyone is a nerd about something.

How I spend one night a week being super cool

When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor, so I got a degree in Biomedical Sciences, and then did absolutely nothing with it; I went travelling, I flirted with a career in interior design, and then I worked in hospitality for a number of years. Being a nerd became a hobby, but I always wanted to professionally do something I loved, was passionate about, and could completely geek out on. Ten years later, with no experience, I’m pursuing a career in tech, and I’ve decided to do it with the Makers bootcamp.

So why am I heading back into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) now, in the spring of 2021? Well, I don’t need to tell you what a crazy time the world has gone through. Combine this with health problems (I’ll spare you the details but it’s been quite a journey), discontent with my career choices, and a ton of therapy and you have a recipe for lots of self-reflection and the opportunity to take stock of where I am and where I want to be.

With all this personal development, my professional development, which tends to be a constantly changing whirlwind in hospitality, paused. Which meant I could actually think about what I wanted to do. I researched, I tried stuff out (there is an online course for everything), and I landed here; a baby developer in her first week of a coding bootcamp pre-course, totally out of my depth, and totally sure that I’m in the right place.

That place is Makers, which I’ve chosen for its emphasis on emotional intelligence. I’m determined not to make personal and professional advancement mutually exclusive in my life, and I’m both excited and terrified about how much this means to me already.

It might be a cheesy thing to say, but I’ve realised you absolutely can do something you love. Whatever you’re a nerd about, you can do it. And if you don’t know yet, give things a go, there’s no time limit, I’ve spent years trying to work it out, and I still don’t know exactly.

Reading this back, it makes the choice to change careers sound easy, it’s not. For me, once I had figured out a direction, the decision to go that way was simple, a luxury I know not everyone can share. However, as it often is, the journey is the hardest part, both the one to get here and, I’m sure, the one from here on out. I’m confident that this will be proven to me time and time again over the coming weeks and my blogs might not all be as positive as this one, but that’s just any journey. If you’re interested, follow along the adventure with me, nerd with me, and hopefully we can encourage each other a little along the way!

A baby coder starting her journey at Makers bootcamp