I worked in the civil engineering industry for over 10 years during the height of the housing boom. When that bubble burst I was presented with an 'opportunity' to change my career. I wanted to learn a skill that would allow me to enter a field that would help me create my own opportunities. I began to teach myself web development.
With no prior programming or developing experience I started watching YouTube videos, Lynda.com videos, reading blogs, and building some static sites. I then dabbled in Ruby on Rails, PHP, and eventually began developing WordPress sites for my friends.
My ultimate goal was to become employed as a web developer and after many attempts, I was presented with another opportunity to attend Rockit Bootcamp through the University of Phoenix. It was a great program and my development skills really started to come together. I also learned a lot about myself and gained valuable insight into the profession along with new personal development skills such as conducting interviews, resume writing, and networking.
After Rockit, I was hired by Carrington College as one of their in-house web developers in October of 2015. It's been everything I hoped it would be and more. I continue to try and learn as much as possible as I still feel that I have much growth ahead of me. I'm currently developing projects with Laravel and I also still work with WordPress everyday.
Some of the tools I picked up along the way
If you ever need any help with anything, have some advice, or know of any opportunities that I might fit in, please feel free to contact me anytime. Thank you so much and have a great day!