As a senior adult, deciding to make a career change at first seems daunting. Adding one small criterium solves that problem very simply: choose something I want to learn whether I get hired in that capacity or not. Being a software engineer has persisted as an interest throughout my entire career in technology. So, let's stop putting it off by adding it to my bucket list. Voila! the new bucket list looks a little like this:
1. See the aurora borealis
2. Become a software engineer
3. Learn sign language
This decision is an expensive one in regards to cash and time. Fortunately, the digital era has adopted and adapted to online learning. Ergo, I'm not limited to programs offered within a commutable distance. The options for software languages turn out to be overwhelming. I need help finding a starting point, so, I rely on my tried and true idiom "people are my apps." By reaching out to colleagues that have successfully "retooled" their skill sets, I learn about immersive courses, specifically those offered by General Assembly (GA), and decide to go that route.
The on-boarding staff at GA are incredibly accessible. They help me get a scholarship and provide counseling to help me prepare to immerse. It's important to note here that "immerse" is not hyperbole.
The weeks pass by so quickly and I struggle to keep up. But, somehow I do it. I build 2 applications as a solo developer, and one as a team project. Last year this time I could not have built these at all.
The learning continues. Wish me luck!