February 16th, 2017
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOME A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER AT 35
Aimee Morgan, a former Stanford University Libraries archivist, enrolled in an online course to learn Python programming language at the age of 35. She fell in love with programming so much that she decided to start Hackbright Academy, a coding boot camp that teaches software development to women. Her skills led her to become a software engineer on the backend team at Flixster (an American community where users watch and rate movies, this company then, was owned by Warner Bros), where she helped to launch a new online ticket sales platform. Now she is a Site Reliability Engineer at Google (San Francisco Bay Area).
“Don’t listen to anyone who says you’ll never be worth anything unless you started programming in junior high. The tech field is big, and there’s room for a lot of people. When I was younger, it was tough admitting to things I didn’t know. Now that I’m older, it’s easier to deal with that initial frustration”.
BECOME A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER AT 36
Clayton Boyle for most of his adult life, managed restaurants for a small restaurant group and then he switched to working in real estate. But he always had the idea of learning how to program at the back of his mind. Clayton was 36 when he enrolled at RefactorU (10 weeks programming boot camp in Boilder, Colorado) to learn MEAN stack for development of software applications (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, and Node.js). Now Clayton works as a junior software developer for real-estate social media website Bigger Pockets (social network for the real estate investing community in Denver, Colorado).
“I had tried to do some courses, I bought books, but I always found that life got in the way of trying to learn on my own. I’d had the inclination and motivation to do this for years, but I didn’t know how to get there. Once I found out about coding bootcamps. My advice would be to pick a good coding bootcamp, do your research, read the reviews, talk with the people in the bootcamp, make sure you get a good feeling from them, and trust your gut. Do as much pre-course work as possible”.