A New Beginning

It is 12:55pm on a Thursday afternoon. After struggling for two hours I finally managed to lull my son to sleep.  I tip toe out of his room hoping that he doesn’t hear the floor boards creak or my stomach rumble. I make my way to the kitchen to make a turkey and cheese sandwich.  There is a laundry list of things that need to be done around the house, including the laundry. Instead I head to the empty room in our house to turn on my laptop and get to work.

I enrolled in General Assembly’s first Web Development Immersive Remote program and I need to get the pre-work done before the remote bootcamp program begins in less than two weeks.  I am anxious to begin the classes.

I often wonder how I am going to balance the work that needs to be done at home and the work that will need to be done for this program. My husband has been pushing me to make this career move since he found out my interest in Web Development about two years ago so I think he will be extra useful for the next three months.

I was working a full time job and fooling around on Codecademy when I came to the realization that I loved learning about Javascript and practicing HTML and CSS. I never imagined myself working in the field though, so the idea of changing careers was not a thought I entertained.

As the years went on I found that the job I had was not fulfilling anymore. A few months ago, while attending a Girl Develop It meetup in my area, I began chatting with this woman who recently changed careers to be a Web Developer. She mentioned that she attended General Assembly’s bootcamp program for Web Development in Boston and had nothing but good things to say about her experience.  She did caution that it was hard work and that you get what you put into the program but if you can push yourself, it is a worthwhile endeavor.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
– Chauncey Depew

When I got home that day, I looked up General Assembly’s program and found that they were beginning a remote version of their Web Development bootcamp. It would be 100% online and would have career coaching mixed into the program as well. It was an opportunity I didn’t want to overlook. I signed up and here I am, studying while eating a cold turkey sandwich.

I’m interested to see what this program has in store for me but I am also excited about everything I will be learning: Ruby, MongoDB, SQL and more!  Okay, time to go back to studying…