I was drawn to web development with a belief that with the right drive technically anything could be done.
I have began my professional career in the City of London in February 2008 as a Stockbroker at Killik & Co. I transitioned from this after 5 years to Investment Management at Sarasin & Partners where I worked for a little under 4 years.
It was increasingly becoming clear to me that the financial services sector was transitioning rapidly to becoming more technically reliant. At this stage I was enjoying learning Excel VBA and becoming more excited at the prospect of the immense efficiency & productivity gains that development allows. It became clear to me that Excel has restrictions such as styling, can be very temperamental, and is an enclosed development ecosystem, and so I researched alternative methods of development.
I began learning to code in early 2015. Web Developent was widely recommended on sites such as Quora and StackOverflow as a great first step to development. I came across a free online resource to start the learning on CodeCademy. I still remember the thrill I got when I used HTML for the first time and text appeared in the web browser.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
I enjoyed the course and development so much I knew I had to pursue the coding path I was on. I had learnt how to make basic front-end static websites, but I was hungry to know more and be able to set up a full-stack website with all the functionality I could think of. I accelerated my learning in development by attending the General Assembly 3 month Web Development Immersive program in August 2016. It was a fantastic time in my life, I made great friends, produced websites I'm proud of, and it significantly improved my understanding of programming and my ability to learn new languages and technologies. I now felt ready to take on the next challenge and start a career in programming.
My favourite stack
While I have learnt an enormous amount over the last 2 years, I feel like I am at the tip of the iceberg and I'm eager to learn more and be able to do ever increasingly complex applications.