A year and a half ago, I decided to learn programming languages and pursue a professional career building web-based digital products. Even though it was a hard decision to make, and it has been an uphill process, I am really satisfied with the change.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and multiple years of experience in the manufacturing of Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals. So, I dabbled with programming a couple of times during my college and professional careers. I enjoyed working on those projects but programming was not my career focus. In fact, I honestly did not have a career focus. Industrial Engineering has a lot of opportunities in different industries such as banking, hospitality, hospitals, software development, among others. In Puerto Rico, it is expected for an Industrial Engineer to have a career in the manufacturing industry. I write this because I only remember having one engineering class that gave examples that were NOT about manufacturing. Although manufacturing has its striking aspects and it is a solid industry in Puerto Rico, after 5 years, I was ready to move on. But, I was not sure how to move on.
It is a real thing that if one wants to make a change, it will happen or you make it drastically. And what a drastic way it was done! My partner and I went through simultaneous events that affected us deeply and required us to make sudden changes. One of those events affected all
Why a career in web development?
My partner is a web developer, works as a freelancer, and owns his work time and location. Also, he taught himself how to program. The moment came when he was overwhelmed with work but with an opportunity to delegate and teach. My internet creative itch was on high so I made a compromise with myself. I decided to focus on learning to program digital products for the following year. If by the end of the year I did not like what I was doing, I would go back to the manufacturing industry. My mentor would be my partner. I thought of my mom telling me: “La
When I put my headphones on, with good upbeat music and coffee in the morning to code my
Then, why share this page?
From writing code, I felt the need to write human words. Something I did notice while I was researching resources for beginner coders was the lack of actual references to the experiences of a self-directed programmer. Especially Latin Americans and women. F
I just put my headphones on, zip my coffee, and press play…
Talking about hitting Play button…
I am sharing this playlist that I created considering my “Welcome to the programming world!” mode. Includes electronic songs that make me want to type furiously. Take a peek below and follow! I add new songs regularly.
Thanks for reading this far!
So… Are you ready for a great day today?
Press play and…
— Yari Antonieta