When I graduated, I took a job working in a management position at the hotel I worked at on the weekends through school. It was mentally and physically draining, and I all but stopped trying to learn to code on my own in my free time. Meanwhile, my best friend and roommate was coming home every single day, excitedly telling me about all the things she had learned in a single day at Codeworks and how much fun she was having in class every day learning things I’d never even heard of, like Bootstrap and Vue. As time went on, I felt myself slipping further and further from my goal. I realized that I needed to commit to my education if I really wanted to pursue development as a career, and I also realized that with my wedding day approaching in 2 months, I probably wouldn’t get another opportunity to quit my job entirely to go back to school again.
Graduating from Codeworks was honestly better than graduating from college. It really felt like I was stepping into the rest of my life instead of out into the unknown, and I felt like I was actually prepared for it this time. I knew what I was qualified for and how to interview for it. I felt so proud of myself and my classmates and friends who were stepping out too. I was scared, but prepared, and I knew I had made the right choice.
So why was I still unemployed? After a few of weeks, it felt like almost everyone I had graduated with was either already employed, or starting soon. I tried to not feel defeated, and there were some days that I felt that maybe I didn’t actually have what it takes. Every day that I felt too discouraged to keep up on my coding skills was spent applying to jobs, but I still heard nothing. I spoke to Brittany as well as family and friends often during this period and they told me time and time again keep pushing. You quit your job for a reason, and you graduated from this program. Don’t forget that you do have what it takes. You don’t want to take any job that you won’t enjoy. You did this program to do development. I was also told almost everyone in their life will go through a period of unemployment. The difference now is that you have a highly valued skill set, and you know what you want. Wait for the perfect job to come to you, because it will.Finally, my time came. I was offered two amazing positions within 24 hours of each other, and the only problem on my mind was which company do I want to work with? There was no wrong decision, but I made the right decision, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m working the best job I’ve ever had, and I finally feel like I’m on the right path.I had amazing support from friends, family, classmates and Codeworks staff along the way and I feel that they were there for me in the best way, constantly reminding me why I made this leap and that the payoff will be worth the wait, and the work. And they were 100% right. This was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.