Hi, I’m Canh. I just turned 31 in July 2016. My professional background is in investment banking, which I just left as I aspire to make a career switch into technology, more specifically as a web developer.
This is my first post, and hopefully one of a consistent set of blogs I’ll look to upload to share my journey into the field.
Before making the decision to leave, I knew very little about programming. Going further back, I studied engineering and finance as an undergrad and graduated in 2007. There, I took a couple of introductory courses in Java, but I don’t remember much from it.
The few (free) resources I found tremendously helpful were:
Combination of considerations contributed to this:
1 – Desire to stay in the NYC area, instead of moving out to SF
2 – Extremely robust curriculum and proven outcomes
3 – Everyone I met throughout the admissions process were really just awesome and extremely supportive
Prior to the bootcamp, I took an online class through the Reactor Core schools called Fulcrum, which was a ~$3,000 program that was almost entirely the “pre-course” work for MKS, and I was able to use the Fulcrum tuition towards the $17,000 tuition for MKS.
So that’s it in a very quick introductory nutshell. Hopefully going forward, I’ll have more to say about the specifics of technologies used, my experience and thought process through this endeavor, etc, so it ends up being useful for anyone else aspiring to make a similar move.
So far, it’s been incredibly exciting. Admittedly, it’s also been a bit unnerving as I think about completely making a switch from something tried and relatively true to something as complicated as computer programming.
It takes grit, dedication, and determination – (the last one because you will find yourself in many cases where you’re completely stuck and sometimes with the feeling like you have nowhere to go).
So here goes!