I had trouble finding what I wanted to do when I was younger. I went to college and tried a couple of majors. None of the majors called to me, except for the Computer Science major. However, I didn’t believe in my intelligence to acquire the knowledge or skills to be successful. I didn’t want to go into debt and wanted to serve my country. This train of thought led me to my decision to join the U.S. Navy.
It came to separation, and I found a non-programming job. I was content with this because I had a family to provide for after separation. I could still complete my degree and search for opportunities for developer positions down the road. Then COVID-19 happened, and that position fell through. These events left my head spinning, and I didn’t know what I would do. I applied for jobs and looked for opportunities. No one in my area was hiring, and my options seemed slim to none. I looked into my GI Bill benefits, and I found out about Vet Tec. It is a Veteran’s Affairs program that is focused on putting veterans into technical roles. The program pays for the training and gives a small housing stipend. On the Vet Tec list of providers, I found a coding boot camp called Sabio run by Gregorio Rojas and Liliana Monge. After an info session, I decided that I would put all my chips into this career path.
I discussed the decision with my family. My wife and mother said they would support me through this process. I joined the Sabio’s three months Full Stack program using Vet Tec and doing 12 hours each day, while my family took care of my four-year-old child, prepared dinner for me, and took care of any issues that came up. I finished the program on Aug 14, and I had a job on Aug 25.
Some much of my success at this current moment is because of the support of others. I wouldn’t have been able to get through the Sabio without my family, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with programming if it wasn’t for the courses I took in college, and I wouldn’t have believed in myself and this career path if it wasn’t for FreeCodeCamp. That core belief that I was capable of being a developer has put my life in a completely different direction. A path that I couldn’t be happier to be going down.