My journey from sales to software engineering

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I worked in sales for three years, and whilst it was fun to begin with, in the end, I knew it was not for me. So I spent a year trying to work out what I wanted to do next with my career –  something that I would love and something that I would be proud of.

During this time a data scientist friend inspired me to start learning Python. I started coding, using online resources and reading books, but although I found the experience interesting, I still felt that there was something missing. Fortunately, I then joined a part-time cohort at a coding bootcamp and quickly realised that this was something I really enjoyed, although I did find the first weeks difficult – especially when big red error messages started appearing on the screen!

I eventually joined the full-time cohort, which was the best choice I had made so far. With some projects under my belt I thought, ‘Now is the time to get out there and start looking for my first dev role!’. However, the pandemic arrived to ruin my plans. It was hard to land that first job until I met the team from Digital Futures and my journey as a Front-end Engineer started.

Since then, I’ve had a great experience, and I feel lucky to have the support and guidance of my colleagues. I really liked the vision of Digital Futures before I joined, and the mission to bring the engineers of the future into the market through the Academy.

Being a software engineer can change people’s lives, you can share how you see the world through your code – sometimes it feels like a superpower!

Getting into tech is challenging but also super exciting and fun!

And if I did it then you can too.

Just keep coding and it will come.