How I decided to break into tech?

Aug 16, 2022

2 min read

cat in a server room

Who am I?

I am a civil engineer graduated from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), I’ve worked in the field for 7 years, specifically in construction and project management. I’ve always been interested in technology, but I never had the opportunity to study it, so I decided to learn it on my own.

So how it all started?

It was October 22, 2021 when I decided it was time to take a break from civil engineering due to multiple factors and I knew it was time to try something else. I was very frightened about the taking this decision cause of what I read in that time about other people’s journey and how some just ditched the journey and went back to their old jobs. Nonetheless, I decided to keep going with the plan. After my decision was made, I quitted my job and started learning how to code.

My journey started on November, I knew that I needed to look for good resources to learn from. Some resources popped up on my screen and I started with freeCodeCamp. After spending the first month learning the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I found about the Odin Project, which was another resource to keep practicing and learning. I started with the Odin Project and I was able to finish most of the courses.

When I found out that I was able to get my hands on React I discovered Scrimba’s React course. Completed the whole course and fall in love with React’s ecosystem. I was able to build a couple of projects with React. I finished Scrimba’s Frontend Developer Path in May 2022. After that all pieces of the puzzle started to fit.

What’s next?

After finishing the Odin Project and Scrimba’s React course, I decided it was time to look for a job. I started applying to different job posts and I got a couple of interviews, until I got a position as a Frontend Developer at Hackapulco. I was very excited that I could land a job in a complete new field. I’m looking forward to keep learning and growing as a developer.