It Took Me Two Years to Land a Full-Time Job, but I Couldn’t Be Happier

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Sara Regan is Australian by birth and lives in Berlin where she works as a full-time developer for a meal subscription service called Marley Spoon. She took a Skillcrush course in 2014 and was a Skillcrush teaching assistant for two years before joining the Marley Spoon development team.

My coding journey has a tremendous amount of twists and turns: I come from a humanities background and studied International Relations, thinking that one day I’d be brokering agreements at the UN. And while I loved what I studied, it definitely wasn’t where I ended up.

I was drawn to tech by the concept of creating things, but my first foray into coding was a total disaster! I took a JavaScript class in college. . . and I failed it. It just didn’t make sense to me at all. A few years later, I was living in Munich working a couple of different admin jobs but hadn’t broken into the career I thought I would—there were no UN treaties in sight. A friend convinced me to attend a coding workshop in Berlin and I set off with no expectations, but the workshop turned out to be an amazing experience. I’d met some great people and learned fascinating concepts, and I went home to Munich all fired up with the desire to pursue this challenge. So I got to work.

The opportunity to create things for friends and family and to make the things that I liked to consume on the web sparked my interest, and I couldn’t stop. A few years after that first workshop, I was doing little projects and messing around with HTML and CSS but I hadn’t gotten much further. I was determined to take some more steps and learn JavaScript to make my websites dynamic. I found Skillcrush and took a JavaScript course, and started getting to know my instructors. Eventually, I learned that Skillcrush was looking for a teaching assistant, so I applied and got the job!

This community appealed to me so much, both as a student and as an employee. Skillcrush’s attitude about working and living that really resonated with me: It was full of people who were enthusiastic about tech, but didn’t knew you didn’t need to have started learning to code when you were 12 years old. People can come to tech from all walks of life and all backgrounds; the diversity makes technology a wonderful field to work in.

After two years at Skillcrush, I felt like I needed to work on a development team in an office. I was approached by a lovely company and now I work full time as a web developer at meal subscription service Marley Spoon, a major partner with Martha Stewart! I work on everything after the user logs in, keeping users happy and make sure everything runs smoothly.

The most important lesson I’ve learned in this journey is that you have to have patience with yourself and with the process—whether you learn to code and get a job in six months or six years. When I have treated myself with more compassion and sat back a bit, I’ve realized that this journey takes as long as it takes. People often change the goal posts on themselves without realizing it because they keep getting better. Once you start learning, you’ll finish one course and then within a week you’ll be dissatisfied with yourself again because you realize that there’s so much more you don’t know yet. But remember that you shouldn’t know anything when you begin. Have patience with yourself, and have compassion.

My path may be nontraditional and not always coding-related, but those experiences guided me into the place where I am now. Coming into tech was definitely not something I thought I’d be doing ten years ago but even though my story takes some detours, those detours have been huge life-changing opportunities. Every day brings new challenges when you’re a developer, but it also brings you new knowledge to solve those big problems and realize those big dreams.

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    Thank you for sharing your story. It’s inspiring to hear someone from a non-tech background and to be able to land a tech job even after a while of waiting. I felt the same with taking a Java course for the first time and it didn’t click (that was like 2 years ago). Currently, I was given an opportunity to re-learn web development so I’m giving it a chance again. I think it made more sense after awhile. Perhaps, it can be the teaching style that is not clicking. Just gotta keep trying, that’s all.

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