Why I Decided to Learn to Code

OK, right now I’m not satisfied with my current employment situation. I haven’t been for a while and I recently realized I’ve been in my current position over 2 years. Generally, 2 years is when I’m ready to move on to my next ‘thing’. Anyway, I’ve been parked here for as long as I should be. But when I began the job search I realized I didn’t really want to do anything I’ve done before.

To figure out my next move I decided to approach things from a different angle. I asked myself what I do during my free time. Somewhere in my head there is this still small voice reminding me if I do something I enjoy it wouldn’t feel like work. In my free time, I’m on the internet. In fact I generally use any excuse to be on the internet. My husband finds my internet usage especially annoying…unless HE needs me to find something.

I’m also, in my free time, a self help junkie and a life long learner. So, I go to the internet and begin a job search only to find the majority of available jobs in my area are tech positions. All types of web developer, programmer, and web designer positions are available. But I’m not willing to go back to school. I just finished an MBA late last year.

My research revealed, web development is a ‘creative’ pursuit and I’ve been a creative my entire life. I thought I might be on to something. So I look back into my arsenal of experiences and find I already know HTML. I learned it in 2002. I’m not so well versed in CSS or JavaScript but that’s OK because I was told by John Saddington that I can learn that on my own. So I begin taking tutorials to find I might just know enough already to find a job in tech. At least that’s what the recruiter told me as she asked me to come in for an interview for a position I had not yet applied for.

The prospect of employers coming to me is extremely inviting. So, I’m officially on this journey to become a front end developer to compliment my iOS development skills. In short I decided to learn to code because I like it and the employment prospects are strong.