Moving into software engineering was a big dream. In March 2020 during the global pandemic, that dream came true. Today, I am a software developer at Expedia Group.
I feel so honoured that my recent career change into development has inspired many people to consider the same (whether software or another career path), and I would love to share some of my career change learnings to date.
My software engineering journey is nothing out of the ordinary. I did what I could with the job and resources that I had. Dropping my full-time job, doing a second degree in Computer Science, or joining an unpaid internship was not an option. I tried to learn as much as I could with the help of online classes and my fantastic colleagues, and kept looking for paid opportunities; until one came along. Since April 2020, I am a software development apprentice at Expedia Group, London. I joined my first engineering squad with EG’s meta team in July, and have been learning and growing with the support of the Expedia Group Early Careers Team.
If you are scared of change, be scared. It is scary! But if you consider it well, it might just be the best decision of your life. Here are some of the things I learned along the way about a career change into software engineering:
Afterward, prepare for extreme moments of frustration, whole new levels of excitement, coding dreams, bug solutions coming to you at the most random times, giggling at developer memes, sudden urges to code something, and, hopefully, and years of a fulfilling career.
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