Computers were my favorite subject in grade school. I would always hang out at the computer lab during lunchtime to bug our teacher with questions like “How do you come up with a good username and password?” or “Can we play Bookworm Deluxe pleaaase?”
But somewhere down the line, I fell in love with writing. That’s why I took up journalism in college. I’m pretty good at it (I think) and I was able to apply my writing skills working in a digital agency for almost 6 years.
Even then, my passion for computers and tinkering with technology remained. At work, I’m constantly thinking of repetitive tasks that can be automated with code to increase my productivity. Outside work, I took online courses to learn all sorts of technical skills, like using HTML and CSS to build responsive websites, or using Python to analyze data and create visualizations to explain useful insights.
So, I’ve decided to ﬁnally pursue a career in tech. You see, even though I didn’t take the traditional route of graduating with a computer science degree, I still gravitate towards coding because I enjoy doing it. I think doing something because it’s fun is a better metric for long-term success than doing something because it’s supposedly a good career choice.