By Krystal Raphael
San Francisco 2014 – I was an ambitious outside sales rep tasked with navigating the city, avoiding parking tickets and persuading clients I had the perfect product for their customers. It was a heavy consumer-facing role involving a lot of talking, wooing and minimal computer savviness. Then I disappeared later in the year, reemerging in 2015 armed with the skills to craft web full stack applications. I’m often asked how this happened and what was the process like. The following is my account of going from complete novice to career front end developer.
Moving from the steady and reliable sales circuit to the world of computer science was far from an overnight decision. Sure, being a computer programmer comes with a computer programmer salary, but my desire to demystify the odd and intriguing world of the software engineer was driven by much more than cash. As the days passed, my curiosity grew and I found that my conversations with programmers became less about what they did and more about how they did it.
The first day was very similar to the first day of high school. I was really excited to be there but also had no idea what was going on. Almost immediately, I was exposed to things I had never heard before. Knowledge was oozing from everywhere, and it was a constant stream. This wasn’t your simple coding classes. This was a bootcamp, a coding bootcamp and I was all in.