I first came to FreeCodeCamp many years ago, maybe 5 or6… Don’t exactly remember and it was another account that I could not remember the details of. But I went through some of the certifications rather quickly because I taught myself C++ when I was 15. After going through the certifications, I started to have this itch that this is something that I could pursue professionally.
Three years ago, I started looking into postbacc and graduate programs and went to a local community college to fill in some prerequisites for a masters program through Georgia Tech. I already have a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education. I got into Ga Tech’s program and doubled up the classes and graduated in 2 years. My wife was a rock during this time as we have four kiddos ages 6 and under.
Since I have graduated, I have not really applied to many jobs because I didn’t want to deal with the stress of having to interview and be turned down for a position. But recently, I have applied at five different positions locally, received interviews for three of them, and received offers for two of them.
I have decided to take an offer at Schwab with a base salary of 88500, a 100% match of 5% of your salary into your 401K, and an average yearly bonus of 5K, as well as a healthy contribution to health insurance, etc.
I just wanted to share this success because I was like many of you a few years ago with no real software engineering background and just a dream of one day doing this for a living. All I can say is to keep inching closer to the goal. Honestly, for me, I had no real portfolio or anything. They asked a few questions and my depth of knowledge of the projects I listed on my resume, but for the job I am going to accept, it was mostly technical questions about oop, data structures, language differences, and a technical coding challenge where I had to use a hashmap correctly that was an easier medium level Leetcode question.
You got this.