Since I was a young kid, I have always been heavily into computers and technology. Yet somehow the circumstances of life led me to a career in woodworking throughout most of my 20s. I did try to learn to develop for iOS shortly after the iPad came out, and actually made it through a couple of Stanford courses on iTunes U, before embarking on trying to create my own app. However I had bitten off more than I could chew, and after a couple weeks of working on that app, I got frustrated, and ended up back in the woodshop.
Fast forward to 2019, and now I am married to my beautiful wife, Genna. We are looking to start a family within the next few years, and I’m wondering how well my woodworking salary with no benefits is going to support this venture. That, combined with a woodworking accident that could have easily cut off a finger or worse, caused me to look once again at programming.
So beginning in August I decided to revisit the Stanford iOS course, which had at that point been updated several times in the years since I first went through it, and was now using the Swift language. And I have to say, I loved it! For the next couple months I worked my way through the coursework, and solidified my decision to make this my full time career. Every day, I would wake up early before I started my day in the woodshop and spend time learning and coding. The reason I know that I will succeed this time is that I have a solid, foundational reason motivating me: my wife and future family.
Recently, I decided to apply to a coding bootcamp, and after completing the pre-course work, I received word that I have been accepted and will be starting school early next year! I know that I am driven enough to learn on my own, and there are certainly plenty of materials to continue to do so in the mean time. However, I am looking forward to working with other people, receiving feedback and mentorship, and building a network. I will talk more about my choice in a future post, but I did much research before making this decision, and didn’t take it lightly. It will be a deciding factor in our future, after all.